Join Newsha Tavakolian for a five-week online workshop where you will focus on telling intimate stories through photography or film – or a mixture of both. 

Through discussions and group crits, you will explore working intuitively to forge deeper personal connections with your topics. You will learn how to shoot from your heart, creating more meaningful images by listening to your intuition, opposed to what you believe others want to see. You will be asked to create new work on a weekly basis, which will be presented to Newsha, who will offer feedback and support. Lectures and references to photography and film will also contribute to this working process.  

This is an opportunity to tackle your questions and doubts around creating a meaningful relationship with a project, as well as drawing out the personal. You will engage with these ideas with the support of Newsha, who in recent years, has put the most intimate questions at the center of her work, with projects such as For the Sake of Calmness.

“I used to think that photographers should travel to wars and earthquakes to capture suffering, but it’s much harder to portray the atmosphere of those suffering in their normal lives. When my heart hurts for someone, even my sister or neighbour, I want to tell their story.” – Newsha Tavakolian 

Newsha Tavakolian started a career in photography as a photojournalist, however in recent years, she has developed a more conceptual approach to her work. During the workshop she will draw upon her experience both as a staff photographer for publications, and as an artist.

As a participant in this course, you can expect to dive into personal discussions on topics that may require vulnerability, share your motivations, give and receive knowledge to and from your peers, as well as hone in on recognising and following your intuition when making work. 

We offer two scholarships for photographers based in Iran. See bottom of the page for details.

This workshop is open to both still and moving image makers.


Week 1 – w/c 7th February 2022
2 days

Course and participants intros

Projects brainstorm

Lecture by Newsha Tavakolian

Week 2 – w/c 14th February 2022
1 day

Group crits (divided in two groups of 10)

Week 3 – w/c 21st February 2022
1 day

Group crits (divided in two groups of 10)

Week 4 – w/c 28th February 2022
1 day

One-to-one reviews – 30 minutes per participant, on appointment

Week 5 – w/c 7th February 2022
1 day

Editing, sequencing, presentation of each project to the group

*Timings TBC


€830 incl VAT


Magnum is pleased to offer two scholarships for this workshop. The scholarships are open to Iranian photographers living in Iran.

Preferred candidates will have decent knowledge of English in order to follow the lectures and general discussions, however Newsha will give direct feedback in Farsi if necessary. 

Scholarship applications will be judged on the strength of the work submitted.

Please submit a pdf including 2 photo stories and a maximum of 25 images as well as a statement explaining how the scholarship will benefit your practice.

Apply here.

Deadline for scholarship applications: Sunday 19 December.

The successful scholars will be notified during the first week of January 2022.

There is no deadline to apply as a paid participant. 

For me, seeing a project through, is a process of building, demolishing, and rebuilding

Newsha Tavakolian


Newsha Tavakolian began working for the Iranian press at the age of 16, covering wars in Iraq and a range of social issues in her native Iran. Through her lens, Tavakolian explores social experiences in her homeland and human conflicts close and near. Tavakolian has photographed female guerilla fighters in Iraqi Kurdistan, Syria and Colombia, prohibited Iranian female singers and the lives of people living under sanctions.

Tavakolian was the fifth laureate of the 2014 Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award and the principle laureate of the 2015 Prince Claus Award.

Amongst others, Tavakolian's work has found its place within the private collections of international institutions, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the British Museum, Sackler Gallery and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. Tavakolian became a Magnum Member in 2019.

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