Magnum Photos and the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations and Spiritualities at Fondazione Giorgio Cini are inviting applications for the third workshop organized on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, offering participants the opportunity to work on their projects in an immersive and intimate group setting.

Join Magnum photographer Sabiha Çimen for a three-day workshop where you will  participate in discussions about documentary photography and how to develop personal long-term projects. During the course, Sabiha accompanied by the guest course tutor, Jason Eskenazi – photographer, photo-book publisher and founder of Red Hook Books, will talk at large about their work and give you critical feedback about your practice.

Organized into intensive sessions of lectures, editing and sequencing exercises, and group portfolio reviews, this workshop will help you to develop strategies and set individual project objectives. Whether you want to keep shooting, publish your project in a book or exhibit it, through a round table discussion on the contemporary editorial environment, this workshop will contextualize and shape the vision of each involved photographer. 

This workshop is open for 15 participants and suitable for both photographers with a large body of work who are looking for guidance in the final stage of their projects or photographers starting a new project and are at a research stage. Each participant will have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the editing process of long-term projects and on choosing the right format for displaying them.

Price: 795€ (incl. VAT).  Apply here. 

This fee includes four nights accommodation in individual rooms in the facilities of the Abbey, breakfast and light lunches on the three days day of the workshop. We are delighted to offer one scholarship for this programme. Please see the bottom of the page to find out how to apply.

This workshop offers:

– Consultations with Magnum photographer Sabiha Çimen & photographer and publisher Jason Eskenazi 

– Peer reviews

– Individual project development strategies

– Editing, designing and advice on developing a coherent body of documentary work

Accommodation on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore

– A light lunch on each day of the workshop


Day One: 10:00 AM – 17:30 PM, 24th November

Housekeeping and Course Introduction

10:00 – 10:30 Housekeeping and Course Introduction

10:30 – 12:00 Lecture by Sabiha Cimen: Developing personal projects

13:00 – 17:30 Group session  focused on editing & sequencing


Day Two: 10:00 AM – 17:30 PM, 25th November

10:00 – 11:30 Lecture by Jason Eskenazi: On Documentary Photography 

13:00 – 17:30 Group session  focused on editing & sequencing


Day Three: 10:00 AM – 17:30 PM, 26th November

10:00 – 11:30 Lecture by Sabiha Cimen and Jason Eskenazi: On publishing your work 

13:00 – 17:30 Group session  focused on editing & sequencing



Magnum Photos and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini are proud to sponsor one scholarship for this workshop and are inviting photographers working on long-term projects to submit their applications. We particularly encourage photographers who are underrepresented in the industry, including people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, differently-abled people, those from the LGBTQ+ community, as well people from a range of socio-economic backgrounds to apply for this scholarship.

The successful candidate will be selected by Sabiha Çimen and the representatives of Magnum. The beneficiary will be responsible for covering their expenses to Venice.

Applications to apply for a scholarship are now closed.

The Fondation Cini in Venice (...)

About Your Tutors

Sabiha Çimen

Sabiha Çimen was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1986. She is a self-taught photographer, focusing on women, Islamic culture, portraiture and still life.
Çimen graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University with an undergraduate degree in International Trade and Finance, and a Masters degree in Cultural Studies.
Her Master’s thesis on subaltern studies, which includes her photo story titled ‘Turkey as a Simulated Country’, was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2019.

Awards include:

W.Eugene Smith Fund recipient 2020.
Canon Female Photojournalist Grant – 2020.
World Press Photo, Long-Term Projects, 2nd prize – 2020.
PH Museum, Women Photographers Grant, 3rd prize – 2018
Gomma Grant, Honorable Mention – 2019.

Other activities:
World Press Photo Foundation Joop Swart Masterclass – 2018

Çimen became a Magnum Nominee member in 2020.

Jason Eskenazi

The fall of the Berlin Wall led me out of Queens into the larger world. After trips to Germany and Romania for their first democratic elections I traveled to Russia in 1991, just before the August coup that marked the end of the USSR, and have returned many times since culminating in a photography book project called Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith, exhibited at Visa pour L'Image in Perpignan, France and at the Leica Gallery in New York and winner of Best Photography Book 2008 by Pictures of the Year International.

In 2004 I received a Fulbright Scholarship to return to Russia to make a series of large format color portraits called Title Nation with a Russian colleague.

I have received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1999; The Dorothea Lange/Paul Taylor Prize, 1999, for my work in a Jewish Village in Azerbaijan; and The Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant, 1996. My work has appeared in many magazines including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and Soros Foundation publications.

In 2004–2005 I organized a Kids with Cameras workshop in the old city of Jerusalem, teaching photography to Arab Muslims and Jewish children, which toured many U.S. cities. It was also featured on ABC News and in National Geographic and Hadassah magazines.

For economic reasons, as well as to obtain health insurance, I took a job as a Security Guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from March 2008–Nov 2009. I created and co-edited a new independent magazine for the guards called SW!PE which received media attention; NY Times, NPR, Reuters TV, The Leonard Lopate Show, etc.

Another result of my time at the museum was the creation of The Americans List where 270 photographers commented on the Robert Frank Looking In exhibit at the MET. This book will be self-published in May 2012.

When I quit the MET and used saved funds in order to continue photographing, I made two short trips to Turkey and Egypt. I am currently working on my next project The Black Garden, with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, set in the geographical locations known to the ancient Greeks. I am seeking out a sequence of visual metaphors that are once about the failure of those ideals and about a journey of lost traditions in an ever culturally ambiguous and ubiquitous world.

I am currently the International curator for the Bursa Photography Festival in Bursa, Turkey, and the co-creator of Dog Food, a newspaper based on the philosophy of the Cynics for photographers where we also give free symposiums for the local photographic community.


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