Magnum Photos and the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations and Spiritualities at Fondazione Giorgio Cini are inviting applications for the second 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 Alex Majoli for an intense three-day of honest discussions about photography, during which he will talk at large about his work, give you critical feedback about your practice and explain in details how he has developed his technique to work on his latest body of work “Scene“.

Organized into intensive sessions of lectures, discussions, practical exercises, and group portfolio reviews, this workshop will help you to develop strategies and set individual project objectives, and give insights on how to pursue your project. Whether you want to keep shooting, publish your project in a book or exhibit it, through individual mentoring and wider discussions on the contemporary editorial environment, this masterclass will contextualize and shape the vision of each involved photographer and define the process of conceiving and executing a long-term project.

This masterclass is suitable for 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 researched 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: 820€ (incl. VAT).

This workshop has now sold out. To sign up for the waitlist, please click 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:

– Mentoring by Magnum photographer Alex Majoli
– Group portfolio reviews
– Individual project development tutoring
– Editing, designing and mentoring sessions for a coherent body of documentary work
Accommodation on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore
– A light lunch on each day of the workshop

When and Where: 

From 9 till 11 December. We advise that the participants arrive on the 8 and leave on the 12 December.

Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy.


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 Alex Majoli and the representatives of Magnum. The beneficiary will be responsible for covering their expenses to Venice.

Please send a portfolio of 20 images + a personal statement on how you would benefit from this opportunity to using WeTransfer.

Deadline to apply to the scholarship is November 7, 2021, 23:59 UK time.

Covid-19 rules

Each participant will be asked to show a proof of vaccination on arrival. We also ask each participant to show a negative antigenic test carried out no-less than 48 hours before arrival to the workshop.
For participants travelling from outside the Schengen area, please find the latest regulations from the Italian government here:
The rules set-out by the Fondation will be sent to each participant prior to the workshop. This includes wearing a mask at all times while on the premises, having your temperature taken on arrival, among others.


The Fondation Cini in Venice (...)

About Your Tutors

Alex Majoli

From the age of 15, Alex Majoli becomes apprentice in the photo studio F45 in Ravenne, notably specialised in the reproduction of artworks from the great Italian painting. Graduated from the Art Institute of Ravenne in 1991, he joined the Grazia Neri agency for which he covered the Yugoslav conflict for several years.

His work on the closing of the famous psychiatric institution in Leros, Greece, in 1994-1995 marks a turning point in his practice. Influenced by the 1970’s forefront italian theatrical and notably Luigi Pirandello’s writings, Alex Majoli tries to explore the theatricalism of daily life, when the borders between reality and fiction fade. His work Tudo Bom, continuation of his research, interrogates the forms of violence omnipresent in brasilians daily lives.

With his last project SCENE, initiated in 2010 in Europe, he starts a new phase of experimentation. In his photographs, results of a performed action, each of his subjects becomes an actor of his own history as well as a silent fragment of a collective history.

Laureate of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016, Alex Majoli published numerous books, including Andante (Cesura, 2018), Congo (Aperture, 2015), Libera Me (Trolley Books, 2010), Leros (Trolley Books, 2009) and One Vote (Filigranes Editions, 2004). His work has been exhibited at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Ravenne, the Rencontres d’Arles and the Galerie Nationale d’Art Moderne of Rome.

He became a full member of Magnum Photos in 2001.


Giorgio Cini Foundation, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

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