Description

Magnum Photos is pleased to present a mentorship program for visual storytellers and artists seeking in-depth guidance on a project. 

Are you about to embark on a personal photographic project and looking for feedback on your edits, ideas and approach? Do you have a long-term project that you need a fresh perspective on to identify underlying themes? Are you interested in working with someone who will get to know you and help elevate your vision for your body of work? 

Through multiple interactive online sessions, this mentorship will help you to identify next steps in the production process of a long term or personal project. Magnum photographers will guide their mentees on all aspects of the creative process: from concept development, and editing and sequencing, to the process of discovering and making a long-term project that you’re passionate about, to practical advice on photographing in the field. 

This mentorship provides an opportunity to work one-on-one with a Magnum photographer at your own pace over the course of several months. 

A series of 8 online photography mentoring sessions lasting one hour each, the program will be organized over the course of three to six months, depending on your preferences and the areas personal to you that require development. 

This workshop offers:

  • Long term guidance on technical, ethical, theoretical and aesthetic issues
  • Ideas Development
  • Editing and Sequencing
  • Workflow
  • Output and presentation

Schedule:

Email in advance to schedule sessions with your mentor.

Schedule is subject to the Magnum photographer’s availability.

I’m interested in any photographers that want their photography to do something. Whatever that is... To make the viewers feel something? To awaken curiosity about something? Or it could be photography that aims to share something with the viewer, or to explore something the photographer is passionate about. It needs to document something, or to pose simple questions. I will always be attentive to the visual and aesthetic qualities of the work, but I think it is also essential to focus on what the photographer’s intentions are, and how the two elements can work together.

Jonas Bendiksen

About your mentor

Jonas Bendiksen’s sharply evocative images explore themes of community, faith and identity with unsparing honesty. He has made major bodies of work all over the world, at the same time as he always also photographs the daily rhythms of life at home. As well as many critically acclaimed long-form projects he has also produced significant work for many commercial and editorial clients. Bendiksen was born in Norway in 1977. He began his career at the age of 19 as an intern at Magnum’s London office, before leaving for Russia to pursue his own work as a photojournalist. Throughout the several years he spent there, Bendiksen photographed stories from the fringes of the former Soviet Union, a project that was published as the book Satellites (2006). His most recent book The Last Testament from 2017 told the story of seven men who all claimed to be the biblical Messiah returned to earth. His editorial clients include magazines such as National GeographicSternTIMENewsweekThe Sunday Times MagazineThe Guardian Weekend. On the commercial side, he has done projects for HSBC, Canon, FUJI, BCG, Red Bull and Land Rover. Bendiksen became a nominee of Magnum Photos in 2004 and a member in 2008. He lives with his wife and three children outside Oslo, Norway.

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