Past Workshop

What it Means to Be Here: Intensive Workshop with Antoine d’Agata in New York

Join Magnum photographer Antoine d’Agata in an exploration of immersive photographic practice, at a unique, two-day workshop in Brooklyn, New York

Antoine d’Agata

Antoine d’Agata New York. USA. 1991. © Antoine d’Agata | Magnum Photos

Join Magnum photographer Antoine d’Agata in an exploration of “What it means to be here”: a unique two-day workshop in New York City, held at The Invisible Dog in the heart of Brooklyn, NY.

Through this one evening, two-day intensive and intimate event, you will be encouraged to explore a more psychological approach to your image making, considering: the role of photography in society, how we relate to photography as individuals, and how we are seen and how we see. You will be prompted to contemplate the connection of being and photography; how we can see that in ourselves in both human form, and through images.

Through this workshop, the themes and considerations, and the guidance of d’Agata, you will be encouraged to deeply immerse yourself in new concepts of photography while learning to edit, sequence and create unique and innovative images.

Antoine d’Agata Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2008. © Antoine d’Agata | Magnum Photos
Antoine d’Agata Hamburg. Germany. 2000. © Antoine d’Agata | Magnum Photos

Where & When

The Invisible Dog: 51 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

Sunday 9 September 2018
6:30pm – 7:30pm

Talk followed by a dinner with Antoine d’Agata

Monday 10 September 2018
9:30am – 5:30pm

Tuesday 11 September 2018
9:30am – 5:30pm


The workshop will be held in English



Terms and Conditions apply. Please see the bottom of the page for more details.

Selection and Requirements

Due to the intensity of the workshop, Magnum highly recommends that participants produce and edit their work digitally, using their own laptops. We also recommend participants be advanced in their photographic skills. This workshop is not about learning new technical skills, but instead designed to improve each student’s understanding of their photographic practice, their relationship with photography, and their subject to create unique and engaging images. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment, ready to work.


This workshop is now fully booked. If you would like to place your name on the waiting list, please email:

Antoine d’Agata Brest. France. 2001. © Antoine d’Agata | Magnum Photos

About Antoine d’Agata:

Born in Marseille, Antoine d’Agata left France in 1983 and remained overseas for the next ten years. Finding himself in New York in 1990, he pursued an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography, where his teachers included Larry Clark and Nan Goldin.
For his first books of photographs, De Mala Muerte and Male Noche, d’Agata travelled the world to document characters of the night’s further edges: prostitutes, addicts, war-torn communities and homeless. The books were published in 1998.

In 2001, he published Hometown and won the Niépce Prize for young photographers. Compiling intimate and provocative images, the book focused on his travels in France and personal journey.

Traveling around the world, documenting his personal experiences and encounters, d’Agata continued to publish regularly: Vortex and Insomnia appeared in 2003, accompanying his exhibition 1001 Nuits, which opened in Paris in September; Stigma was published in 2004, and Manifeste in 2005.

Since 2005 Antoine d’Agata has had no settled place of residence but has worked around the world.

The Invisible Dog

The Invisible Dog is a raw space in a vast converted factory building with the mission to create, from the ground up, a new kind of interdisciplinary arts center.

Terms and Conditions:

– 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 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 $50 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.


For enquiries relating to this project please email Jeanette Spicer:

Antoine d’Agata Tamamoros. Mexico 1999. © Antoine d’Agata | Magnum Photos
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