Diana Markosian When Doud, 11, first saw the pool, he said it was the same color as the 'big sea,' which he crossed to arrive to Europe. He didn't know how to swim then, and feared the idea. Wolfsburg, Germany. 2017. © Diana Markosian | Magnum Photos

"Photography has allowed me to slow down, look inward, and learn to be quiet with myself"

- Diana Markosian

Join Magnum photographer Diana Markosian for a three-day workshop on developing personal storytelling projects with a focus on intimacy, emotion and memory.

Photographers and artists are often faced with a variety of challenges when embarking on projects that reference or directly involve their own personal experiences, whether it’s documenting the community they belong to or even exploring their own family as a subject.

During this workshop, led by Diana Markosian and featuring Magnum’s Cultural Director Pauline Vermare, you will develop a wider understanding of how to present and communicate personal or intimate stories to wider audiences, how to create universal points of connection, and how best to navigate ethical considerations that arise when shooting sensitive or intimate subject matter.

Diana Markosian But that was the past. The man standing across from me didn't recognize me. I didn't recognize him either. I felt out of place. Armenia. 2014. © Diana Markosian | Magnum Photos
Diana Markosian Friday. © Diana Markosian | Magnum Photos

This workshop offers:

– 1 night shooting
– Mentoring by Magnum photographer Diana Markosian
– Editing sessions with the group
– Practical advice and lectures from industry speakers about developing personal storytelling projects
– Advice on how to develop the right visual style and approach for your project – guiding you through technical, theoretical and aesthetic issues
– Individual portfolio reviews with Diana Markosian and Magnum Cultural Director and curator Pauline Vermare
– Guidance in building and communicating to an audience

Intended for amateurs and professional photographers with ongoing personal projects, the workshop comprises one night and two days spent alongside Diana Markosian and Magnum Cultural Director and curator Pauline Vermare. The participants will be given an assignment and must come with equipment ready to use.

Where & When

December 9 – 11, 9.30am to 5pm (First night 6pm to 8pm, followed by a dinner)


The workshop will be held in English


$650 per workshop.

Terms and Conditions apply.
See the bottom of this page for more details.

Selection and Requirements

The workshop is open to a group of 14 participants.


This workshop is now sold out.


For enquiries relating to this project please email Coline Plançon coline.plancon@magnumphotos.com


Diana Markosian is a Magnum photographer whose latest documentary project, Santa Barbara, focuses on immigration through the perspective of one family: her own. Her work explores the deeply personal, from documenting the lives of young Chechen girls coming of age in the aftermath of war, to her reconnection with her estranged father, to a film on Armenian genocide survivors. Her work spans conceptual and documentary approaches, allowing her subjects to dictate the outcome of their work.

Pauline Vermare is a photography curator and the Cultural Director of Magnum Photos, New York. She was formerly a curator at the International Center of Photography (ICP), the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris.

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Terms and Conditions

• A deposit of 100$ will be asked upon submission
• Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 10 participants. Students will be given a full refund. In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least 2 weeks advance notice
• Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised
• For International applicants, Magnum Photos is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is cancelled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable tickets and/or travel insurance
• Refunds to applicants who wish to cancel their place on the workshop can only be given up to 21 days in advance of the date of the workshop. After this point, refunds cannot be issued

Diana Markosian Hanan Abdo Elias, 15, came to Germany from Iraq in 2015. When asked to describe her journey, she closed her eyes, and spoke softly through tears. "I don't know why this happened to us," she said. " (...)
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