Istanbul has been captivating and inspiring artists and writers for centuries. With this in mind, Magnum is excited to announce a 5-day workshop with Turkish photographer Emin Özmen and Photo Editor Cloé Kerhoas, both long-time residents of Istanbul. During the five days, you will explore the city, whilst photographically focusing on a topic of your choice.

On day one, Emin will give a tour of the city to familiarise Istanbul’s history, cultural landmarks and neighbourhoods. After spending the first day together as a group, you will then work individually, photographing your chosen subject. Everybody will reconvene at the beginning of each day, to look at work, discuss and to get feedback and advice. 

The last day of the workshop will be dedicated to editing sequencing your work. 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. 

This workshop in Istanbul is made possible thanks to the generous support of Fujifilm Turkey. 

Monday 25 April – Friday 29 April
We encourage participants to arrive on Sunday 24 and leave either in the evening of 29 April or on 30 April.  

Monday 25 April
9:00 – 10:00
Welcome, introductions

10:00 – 15:00
Walk around different neighbourhoods of the city with Emin Özmen and Cloé Kerhoas

15:00 – Evening
Participants go out and shoot 

Tuesday 26 April
10:00 – 14:00: Meet at the workshop space: discussions, first impressions, group review of the work shot the day before

14:00 – Evening: Participants go out and shoot 

Wednesday 27 April
10:00 – 14:00: Meet at the workshop space: discussions, first impressions, group review of the work shot the day before

14:00 – Evening: Participants go out and shoot

Thursday 28 April
10:00 – 14:00: Meet at the workshop space: discussions, first impressions, group review of the work shot the day before

14:00 – Evening: Participants go out and shoot

Friday 29 April
10:00 – 19:00
10:00 – 12:00 – Lecture by Cloé Kerhoas: how to pitch your work to editors, write grant applications and present yourself online as a photographer.

12:00 – 19:00 – editing, sequencing the work done during the last days.
Good-bye drinks.

Workshop location:
Fujifilm Karaköy Training Center, Karaköy, Istanbul.

The price of this workshop is: 

Early birds (until 6 March): £950.00 (incl. VAT)
Regular: £1,100 (incl. VAT)

This workshop is now full. Please sign up for the waitlist here.

The workshop is open to photographers of all levels, from passionate amateurs to working professionals who want to further refine their skills.


Thanks to the generous support of Fujifilm Turkey, Magnum Photos is happy to offer two scholarships for this workshop, 

The scholarships will be given to a photography student and to a non-photography student and are open to Turkish photographers and photographers living in Turkey regardless of their nationalities.

The successful candidates will be selected by Emin Özmen, a representative of Fujifilm Turkey and of Magnum Photos. The selection will be based on the quality of the work submitted.

Deadline to apply: Sunday 6 March. Applications are now closed.



Emin Özmen is concerned with documenting human rights violations in his home country of Turkey and around the world. He aims to bring attention to the suffering of those who are victim to natural disaster, civil unrest and social injustice. Özmen studied photography in the Fine Arts Faculty at Marmara University of Istanbul. In 2008, he obtained a degree in Documentary photography at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. In 2011, he worked on famine in East Africa, on disaster of Japan Earthquake-Tsunami and economic protests in Greece. The following year, he started covering the Syrian civil war and IS crisis in Iraq, which he continues to document. Since then, he has worked in South Sudan, Niger, Nigeria, Venezuela, Azerbaijan, Iraq and Turkey among other countries. His work has been published by TIME magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Le Monde magazine M, Paris Match, Newsweek, among others. Özmen has won several awards, among them two World Press Photo awards and Public Prize of The Bayeux Calvados awards for war correspondents. He was a member of the jury of 2016 and 2018 World Press Photo Multimedia contests. Özmen joined Magnum Photos in 2017. He currently lives in Istanbul.

Based between Turkey and France, Cloé Kerhoas is a freelance photography editor, educator, curator and photo consultant developing international projects. She studied Cinema, History and obtained a Master degree dedicated to the protection and the conservation of the Cultural Heritage. She has worked in renowned museums including at Mémorial de Caen (the biggest museum dedicated to contemporary armed conflicts) and at Christian Dior Museum. From 2015 to 2019, She has worked as Co-Director & Photo Editor at Agence Le Journal, a photography collective. Since then, she keeps dedicating her life to storytelling and documentary projects. She is the long-term collaborator of Magnum Photos photographer Emin Özmen. She mostly makes researches, write, edit and distribute his projects. She also works with him on the field on specific projects. She collaborated on a number of award-winning photo series. Emin and Cloé are recipient of a National Geographic explorer 2020-2021 grant. Cloé also enjoys mentoring and working with other photographers accompanying them in their projects and distributing them. Since 2020, she has been a member of the editorial board of Revue Epic, a French photo magazine. In order to develop photographer’s creativity and boost their careers, she is also leading workshops and portfolio reviews (for Magnum Photos, Speos and Ph Museum, amoung others). She has collaborated with top magazines and newspapers such as Le Monde Magazine, Time, Der Spiegel, L'Obs, Courrier International, Newsweek, Libération, CNN, Al Jazeera, among others.

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