Past Workshop

Taking Your Time: Expanding Long-Term Visual Projects

In partnership with Mana Contemporary, Moises Saman and Paul Moakley lead a free workshop exploring the production, editing and publishing of long-term multimedia projects

Moises Saman

Moises Saman | © Moises Saman/Magnum Photos for TIME Newly arrived Syrian-Kurdish refugees aboard a bus operated by the International Organization of Migration (IOM). Buses transport the newly arrived refugees from the Sahela Iraq-Syria border crossi (...)

Don’t miss this free opportunity to hear directly about the experiences of long-term collaborators on a weekend workshop with Magnum photographer Moises Saman and TIME Magazine’s special projects editor-at-large, Paul Moakley.

Do you have a photography project you’ve been working on for years or are you about to embark on one? How do you find support to sustain the work? How do you pitch your long-term projects in the editorial market? How do you expand a photographic project into multimedia? If so, this workshop is for you.

Moises Saman | © Moises Saman/Magnum Photos for TIME Life slowly returns to war-ravaged western Mosul a year and a half after the city was retaken by Iraqi forces from ISIS in July of 2017. Mosul. Iraq. January 15, 2019. © Moises Saman | Magnum Photos
Moises Saman People stand at the site of a regime airstrike in a residential building in the Al-Sukri district. At least six bodies, including women and children, were recovered from the rubble. Syria. Aleppo. (...)
Moises Saman The rebel-held Salahaddin district of Aleppo. Syria. Aleppo. March, 2013. © Moises Saman | Magnum Photos

Saman will share his experiences making award winning projects as well as excerpts of his new book on Iraq.

“Iraq has defined my career as a photojournalist. I began working there just before the 2003 US invasion as a newspaper photographer and have continued to work across the country almost every year since. My work has covered the US occupation and withdrawal, displacement, ethnic cleansing and other human rights and humanitarian crises, governance issues, the rise and fall of ISIS, and more. However, my intention with this book is not to present a journalistic or historical account of post-Saddam Iraq. Rather, I want to present a more conceptual account, one that captures the cacophony of voices that have shaped the narrative of what is arguably the defining war of our generation.”– Moises Saman

Moakley will share the ideas that have shaped numerous award-winning projects he has co-produced at TIME including his Emmy-award-winning multi-platform projects – 9/11: Portraits of Resilience, 100 Photographs: The Most Influential images of all Time and The Opioid Diaries.

Saman and Moakley will discuss their creative relationship and how it has evolved over the years, from photographer and editor to producer and director. They will discuss the challenges of expanding from stills to video and offer advice on how to film and interview, tips for editing dialogue, creating transitions for films and building your production team.

Topics covered during this workshop:

• Developing your personal project and building a strong narrative
• Adapting your photographic narrative for film and multimedia
• Collaborating with film director, film editor, and cinematographer
• Tailoring your work for film platforms
• Pitching your narrative to the media
• The relevance of visual storytelling in the social and digital space

Moises Saman A Qaddafi supporter holds a portrait of the Libyan leader during a celebration staged for a group of visiting foreign journalists after regime forces re-took the city from rebels. Libya. Zawiyah. 2 (...)


Free. See How to Apply for further details.

Eligibility for Photographers:

Photographers should be developing a personal project with a documentary or conceptual approach and have an interest in learning how to adapt parts of it to film/video.

How to Apply:

This workshop is run in partnership with Mana Contemporary’s membership program, Decentralized. You must be a Decentralized member to apply. Mana Contemporary are offering one year free membership as part of your registration for this workshop. Register and apply here.

Deadline for applications is 11:59pm EST 6 January 2020.

Application requirements:

Upon submission applicants must supply:

1. Project Statement: (max 500 words) What is your project about?

2. Project Intention: (max 500 words) What do you intend to do with this body of work? (For example. is it focused upon community engagement, an exhibition, a film, a multimedia piece, inclusion within live performance, etc.) What do you feel a moving-image / multimedia component will bring to your project that the photographic image can not?

3. Up to a maximum of 10 images (sized 1024px by 768px)

All applications will be reviewed by Magnum Education Staff, Moises Saman and Paul Moakley. Applicants will be notified ASAP after January 6th if their application was successful.


February 7th, 2020
Opening evening discussion with Moises Saman and Paul Moakley, followed by a reception (Manhattan)

February 8th, 2020, 9:00am – 6pm
Workshop at Mana Contemporary with Moises Saman and Paul Moakley (Jersey City)

February 9th, 2020, 9:00am – 6pm
Workshop at Mana Contemporary with Moises Saman and Paul Moakley (Jersey City)

Further details will be sent to participants upon acceptance.

Moises Saman A Kurdish woman at a Newrooz celebration in the Turkish border town of Suruc, across the Syrian town of Kobane. Turkey. Suruc. March, 2015. © Moises Saman | Magnum Photos
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