Istanbul has been captivating and inspiring artists and writers for centuries and it is no different to Magnum photographers. This is now the third year in a row that we are organizing this workshop and we are excited to announce the dates for this year.

Istanbul in spring offers mild weather, beautiful soft light and is buzzing after the cold winter months.
This is a city that offers endless inspiration for photography projects. Participants in the past years have followed fishermen on boat, spent time with players of backgammon, visited traditional bath houses or explored the city using the many ferries that criss-cross the Bosphorus.

Emin Özmen is a long-time resident of Istanbul and it is a real privilege to visit the city with him on the first day. This will give you a feeling for the place, the occasion to see Istanbul through his eyes and give you ideas for the story you want to focus on while in the city.

You will be expected to take pictures on a daily basis. We will meet every morning as a group, for group crits, feedback and discussions.

Simply, it was a mind-blowing and eye-opening experience. It was a pleasure to meet, discuss and prepare homework with photographers from all over the world. – Participant from the Istanbul workshop with Emin Özmen, April 2022

We are also thrilled to be partnering this year again with Fujifilm Turkey, who is kindly loaning camera equipment for you to test during the week. They will also be on site throughout the week to give advice on the material.

On the third day of the workshop, Cloé Kerhoas will give a lecture about professional practice, including advice on getting in touch with editors, how to get funding for your photo projects, and how to build an online presence. The last day of the workshop will be dedicated to editing and sequencing your work.

Getting to know Emin’s work up-close was one of the strongest sides of the workshop; this class was truly transformative in that way. It was a privilege interacting with Emin.  – Participant from the Istanbul workshop with Emin Özmen, April 2023

Book now: 

Click here to book your place in this workshop.

Price: £1,175

Payment Plans

We offer the possibility to pay in two instalments of £587.5 each over a two-month period.

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Workshop location:

Fujifilm Karaköy Training Center, Karaköy, Istanbul.


If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact us :

The workshop will be moderated by Bayryam Bayryamali, Magnum’s Education Manager.

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