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San Francisco Professional Practice Workshop: Longterm Photographic Projects

Join us in San Francisco for a two-day photographic masterclass about creating and sustaining a long-term photographic body of work

Matt Black

Matt Black Tomato harvest. Firebaugh, California. USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos is excited to announce our first professional practice workshop in San Francisco, taking place on Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 January 2017 at SF Camerawork.

The event is a two-day photographic masterclass centred around creating and sustaining a long-term body of work, with a focus on understanding and navigating a changing editorial market.

Led by Magnum photographer Matt Black and four other industry professionals – Jacqueline Bates & Leo Jung (Photography Director and Creative Director, The California Sunday Magazine), Shannon Simon (Content Director/Director of Americas, Magnum Photos) and Judy Walgren (Editorial Director, ViewFind) – the workshop will include invaluable inspiration and practical advice for early and mid-career photographers.

The first day will consist of lectures from all five speakers on their career experience to date, giving behind the scenes tips and practical advice explaining how to work and succeed in their area of expertise. A second day of group portfolio reviews will provide photographers with an honest and constructive critique of existing work.

The five speakers will be present for the entire two days of the workshop, to create a social and intensive experience in which all participants will get to know each other and share experiences.

Each workshop is open to 30 applicants and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The workshops will be held at SF Camerawork, 1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Price: $400


Please email to be added to a waiting list pending any cancellations.


Matt Black Cattle auction. Alturas has a population of 2,827 and 29.3% live below the poverty level. Alturas, California. USA. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos


Matt Black

Matt Black is from California’s Central Valley, an agricultural region in the heart of the state. His work has explored the connections between migration, poverty, agriculture, and the environment in his native rural California and in southern Mexico.

He has photographed over one hundred communities across 44 U.S. states for his project The Geography of Poverty. Other recent works include The Dry Land, about the impact of drought on California’s agricultural communities, and The Monster in the Mountains, about the disappearance of 43 students in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. Both of these projects, accompanied by short films, were published by The New Yorker.

He received the W. Eugene Smith Award in 2015. In 2016, he received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and was named a Senior Fellow at the Emerson Collective. His work has also been honored by the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Center for Cultural Innovation, among others. He lives in Exeter, a small town in California’s Central Valley.

Jacqueline Bates

Jacqueline Bates is Photography Director of The California Sunday Magazine, which won the National Magazine Award for excellence in photography in 2016, and Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she was senior photo editor of W Magazine and worked in the photo departments of ELLE, Interview and Wired. Bates holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts, and her work has been exhibited internationally.

Leo Jung

Leo Jung is Creative Director of The California Sunday Magazine, a print and digital general interest publication, and Pop-Up Magazine, a live event series. He is the former design director at Wired and deputy art director at The New York Times Magazine. His work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club and the Society of Publication Designers.

Shannon Simon

Shannon Simon is Content Director and the Director of the Americas for Magnum Photos. She is the Founder and Director of Mantle Projects, a development and production company. She has formerly worked as the Photography Director for Interview Magazine and a Photo Editor for the New York Times Magazine. For almost a decade she was a producer for Taryn Simon, contributing to projects such as: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, Contraband, and An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar.

Judy Walgren

Judy Walgren has led a robust career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, a visuals editor and editorial director. She has held multiple newspaper staff positions, the last being the Director of Photography at the San Francisco Chronicle. During her tenure there, the visuals team expanded into short and long form documentary production which earned them four Emmy Awards. Their 65-minute documentary on the long-term survivors of AIDS, Last Men Standing is presently playing in film festivals around the world. Walgren earned her MFA in visual art at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, graduating in January 2016 which prompted her move from the Chronicle to her present position as editorial director for the visual media start-up, ViewFind. She manages a team of writers, photo editors, designers and developers who are exploring innovative ways to present and monetize visual storytelling as legacy media outlets dry up. Walgren recently received a grant from Art Matters to support photography and video students by working towards an alternate curriculum that challenges existing K-5th grade California Mission studies.

For inquiries about this workshop, contact Lauren Heinz at

Matt Black A man returns home from his remote cornfield. San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca. Mexico. 2007. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
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