Urban Transformation Masterclass with Alex Majoli: Ten Scholarships Available in Milan

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Alex Majoli Republic of Congo. 2013. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos is proud to offer ten full scholarship places on an intensive masterclass program in Milan led by Magnum member Alex Majoli, organized in partnership with Milan PhotoWeek.

This unique workshop programme was made possible with the support of BNL BNP Paribas Group, in collaboration with La Triennale Milano, and conceived and curated by ArtsFor_.

In the tradition of Magnum Photos’s commitment to emerging photographers, the scholarships will give 10 selected participants a rare opportunity to refine their photographic practice and sense of authorship under the guidance of an outstanding photographer.

The masterclass will explore the urban transformation of the city of Milan amongst other themes and incorporate inspirational presentations, portfolio critiques, peer-to-peer discussions and a two-week shooting assignment developed in collaboration with Alex Majoli and group participants.

As part of this event, Alex Majoli will lead a public talk open to the public on the evening of Thursday June 7th at La Triennale Milano, where the final projects realized by the participants will be screened.

Magnum Photos Alex Majoli. Republic of Congo, 2013 in a Collage by Daria Birang. © Magnum Photos | Magnum Photos

Where & When

The event is held at La Triennale Milano.

20-23 May, 9.30am until 6.30pm: 4 days theoretical class with Alex Majoli
24 May – 4 June: shooting days in Milan
5-7 June, 9.30am until 6.30pm: 3 days review and editing of the photographic projects with Alex Majoli
7 June: Presentation of the final projects and talk with Alex Majoli


The workshop will be held in English


The scholarship will cover all masterclass fees, but does not include travel or ground costs.

Selection and Requirements

Workshop participants should be between 18 and 30 years old and able to show a good level of photographic aptitude and a desire to learn. The participants will be selected by Magnum Photos member Alex Majoli. The masterclass is limited to 10 participants and photographers will be selected on the perceived benefit to their career and development.

Further requirements and terms can be found here.


Click here to apply. Applications close April 20 6pm CET.

Alex Majoli Riots between police and demonstrators. Tunis. Tunisa. January 18, 2011. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

About Alex Majoli

At the age of 15, Alex Majoli joined the F45 Studio in Ravenna, working alongside Daniele Casadio. While studying at the Art Institute in Ravenna, he joined Grazia Neri Agency and traveled to Yugoslavia to document the conflict. He returned many times over the next few years, covering all major events in Kosovo and Albania.

Majoli graduated from art school in 1991. Three years later, he made an intimate portrayal of the closing of an asylum for the insane on the island of Leros, Greece, a project that became the subject of his first book, Leros.

In 1995 Majoli went to South America for several months, photographing a variety of subjects for his ongoing personal project, ‘Requiem in Samba’. He started the project ‘Hotel Marinum’ in 1998, on life in harbor cities around the world, the final goal of which was to perform a theatrical multimedia show. That same year he began making a series of short films and documentaries.

After becoming a full member of Magnum Photos in 2001, Majoli covered the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and two years later the invasion of Iraq. He continues to document various conflicts worldwide for Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, Granta and National Geographic.

Majoli, in collaboration with Thomas Dworzak, Paolo Pellegrin and Ilkka Uimonen, had an extremely successful exhibition and installation Off Broadway in New York in 2004, which travelled to France and Germany. He then became involved in a project for the French Ministry of Culture entitled ‘BPS’, or ‘Bio-Position System’, about the social transformation of the city of Marseilles. His project, ‘Libera me’, is a reflection on the human condition.

Alex Majoli lives and works in New York.

Milan PhotoWeek

From 4 to 10 June 2018, Milan will pay tribute to photography with the second edition of the Milan PhotoWeek. A week of exhibitions, meetings, guided tours, workshops, publishing projects, opening or finishing, urban projections dedicated to photography.

Milan PhotoWeek is a project promoted by the Municipality of Milan Culture.

A project by Magnum Photos, with the support of BNL BNP Paribas Group, in collaboration with La Triennale Milano, conceived and curated by ArtsFor_.


Alex Majoli Brasilia. Soldier from the presidential special guard assigned to provide security to President Luiz Inacio LULA da SILVA, inside the FIAT car industry. Brazil. 2004. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

Terms and Conditions

  • The scholarship does not include transport, accommodation, ground or any other expenses.
  • If the Magnum photographer Alex Majoli is not able to attend the scholarship, he will be replaced by another Magnum photographer.
  • If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, it must be confirmed in writing.
  • Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation, and flexible tickets or travel insurance are recommended. Organisers are not responsible for any costs to participants due to date change or cancellation. A list of suitable accommodation options will be provided to successful candidates.
  • There are a limited number of spaces on the workshop. Students will be selected based on the work they have submitted during their registration.
  • Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised if needed.
  • Participants’ images usage (produced during the masterclass): 10-15 images by each photographer will be screened during the final event of the masterclass and will be used by ArtsFor, Magnum Photos and BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas for the communication of the project only (all communication uses on/off line and for a publication or an exhibition) with no limits of time.
  • Any other uses will be agreed directly with the photographers, Magnum Photos and ArtsFor_.


For enquiries relating to this project please email Anna Iuzzolini / ArtsFor_: anna.iuzzolini@artsfor.it