Matt Black Williamsburg, Virginia. USA. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos is excited to announce a professional practice workshop in San Francisco, taking place on Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 November 2017 at SF Camerawork.

The event is a two-day photographic masterclass centered around photographic storytelling in which we grapple with such questions as what makes a good story, how to choose and narrow in on your subject, the importance of editing and how to connect with your audience.

Led by Magnum photographer Matt Black, Pamela Chen (Head of Creative, Community, Instagram), Mark Murrmann (Photo Editor, Mother Jones magazine) and Brian Storm (Founder and Executive Producer, MediaStorm), the workshop will include invaluable inspiration and practical advice for early and mid-career photographers.


Matt Black Police confront protestors at the Democratic National Convention. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. USA. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

The first day will consist of lectures from all four speakers as they present their career experience to date, and explore the various aspects of what makes a successful photo story. A second day of group portfolio reviews will provide photographers with an honest and constructive critique of existing work.

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

The workshop is open to 32 applicants and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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

Price: $450


Matt Black Lost Hills, California. USA. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos


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.

Pamela Chen is Instagram’s Head of Creative, Community, following more than a decade of mixed media experience: she was Senior Photo Editor for National Geographic magazine, and oversaw photography and multimedia production for the Open Society Foundations. She produced and edited documentary films at MediaStorm, and worked as a national newspaper photojournalist and musician.

Her work has earned numerous industry accolades, including national News & Documentary Emmy Awards, the duPont Award, Webby awards, and POYi awards in photography, picture editing, and multimedia. She has served as a juror for the World Press Photo Contest, Tim Hetherington Grant, and Pictures of the Year International.

Mark Murrmann is Photo Editor at Mother Jones magazine where he oversees all photography for the magazine and website. He came to the Mother Jones in 2007, having previously been a freelance photojournalist, music writer and an editor of the iconic punk magazine Maximum Rocknroll. Mark remains an active photographer who regularly publishes photozines and is a contributor to Hamburger Eyes. He studied photography at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Brian Storm is founder and executive producer of MediaStorm. MediaStorm publishes diverse narratives, offers advanced training seminars and collaborates with a diverse group of clients. MediaStorm’s stories and interactive applications have received numerous honors, including two duPont Awards, four Emmys, and five Online Journalism Awards.

Prior to launching MediaStorm in 2005, Storm spent two years as vice president of News, Multimedia & Assignment Services for Corbis, a digital media agency founded and owned by Bill Gates. From 1995 to 2002 he was director of multimedia at

For inquiries about this workshop, contact Lauren Heinz:

To apply, please click here.

Matt Black Chicago, Illinois. USA. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Terms and Conditions

Upon submitting your application you will be forwarded to Magnum’s Paypal account where you can make payment. Should you experience problems with this method we can accept alternative payments

Fees, Cancellations & Refunds

– All fees must be paid on application.
– Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel this event two weeks before the start date. In the event of a cancellation, applicants will be given a full refund.
– 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 14 days in advance of the date of the workshop. After this point, refunds cannot be issued.