Past Workshop

Visual Storytelling Workshop in Tokyo with Thomas Dworzak

Produce new work and refine your visual storytelling skills under the guidance of renowned Magnum photographer Thomas Dworzak

Thomas Dworzak

Thomas Dworzak During the night after the "revolution" bands of thugs had looted the main shops. The new "government" calls for the formation of a civil defense to guard the buildings. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. March, (...)

Apply now for this five-day intensive workshop hosted by Magnum Tokyo that will push participants to examine their photographic practice through in-depth portfolio critiques and peer-to-peer discussions, and challenge them to create new work as part of a group practical assignment.

Attendees will benefit from lectures on different modes and approaches to photographic storytelling, and participate in editing sessions with Thomas Dworzak, as the group works collectively toward a final group edit of the work produced during the workshop. This group edit will then be showcased at a public event.

“In a funny way, photography is an extremely outgoing occupation, but at the same time, it’s extremely navel-gazing because our own work is such a big thing to us. What’s so nice about learning in groups, doing group discussions and critiques, is that is where the real learning happens. You can learn so much from watching a teacher, a mentor, or another third person talk about their work, much more than you can from being told about your own work.” – Thomas Dworzak.

Aimed at photographers wishing to broaden their perspectives and push the boundaries of their personal development, this workshop aims to elevate the standard of both regional and international photographers.

“I am very much looking forward to discovering and discussing the participants work. We will then explore individual stories in Tokyo chosen according to the individual sensibilities of the participants”

The event is supported by Fujifilm. Participants will be invited to a gallery talk with Thomas Dworzak on the occasion of the HOME Tokyo exhibition, a collaborative project with Magnum Photos and Fujifilm.

More information about the HOME project click here.

Thomas Dworzak Girl with balloons. Destruction in the city center. Nothing has been rebuilt since the two wars. Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. 03/2002. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos

When & Where

Magnum Tokyo Office
Tokyo-do Jimbocho 7F, 1-1-17 Kanda Jimbocho
Chiyoda-ku, 101-0051 Tokyo

Saturday 21st July until Wednesday 25th July

The Magnum Tokyo office is in Jimbocho; located in the Kanda area of central Tokyo, close to the Imperial Palace, which is also known for its used bookstores. Book shops for both new and second-hand books as well as publishers’ offices dot the streets. It is the best area for finding Photography book bargains.


This workshop will be taught in English.

Fees and Policies

Tuition for the workshop is 150,000 Yen (including tax).

The first deadline for acceptance is Friday 22nd June 2018. Qualified applicants will be selected through a combination of the merit of their work and their personal statement, and in the order of the application received. All applications received after Friday 22nd June 2018 will be reviewed, space permitting.

The final deadline for application is Friday 29th June 2018.

Selection and Requirements

Due to the fast pace of the workshop, Magnum highly recommends that participants produce and edit their work digitally, using their own laptops. We also recommend participants to arrive with one realistic project idea they wish to develop during the workshop, and that preliminary research should be conducted before the workshop begins.

This workshop is not about learning new technical skills, but rather improving each student’s own unique photographic vision. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment, ready to work.

Travel & Accommodation

Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation; a list of suitable accommodation options will be provided to successful candidates.

Please ensure you have the necessary travel documents & relevant visas in order to attend the event. Magnum Photos can provide letters of support where necessary.


Click here to apply for this workshop

For any queries please feel free to contact Chloe Jafe in Tokyo:

Thomas Dworzak Graduation ceremony in the Novotsherkassk Cossack cadet corps. Stavropol Region, Novotsherkassk, Russia. 1997. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
Thomas Dworzak Destruction from the Georgian-Abkhaz war which took place between 1991 and 1993. A beach. Georgia, 07/1995. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos

Terms and Conditions

Please note: Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 8 participants. Students will be given a full refund. In the event of a cancellation, students will be given 10 days in advance notice.

Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised
If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, this must be confirmed in writing
Magnum Photos will reimburse all the registration costs except for a 10,000 Yen administration fee.
If the participant informs Magnum Photos of cancellation at least 3 weeks before the first day of the workshop. Beyond this time limit, Magnum Photos will charge the following: 50% of the cost if cancelled between 6 and 20 days before the workshop commences. 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 5 days before the workshop starts.
All workshops that are commenced but not completed through the fault of either the contractor/or participant need to be paid in full.
Magnum Photos is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is cancelled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.

Thomas Dworzak Memorial for a dead Russian soldier. Near the town of Andi, on the Chechen border. The Republic of Daghestan. Russia. July, 2000. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
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