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 the spectrum of photography and its ability to communicate, from photojournalism to conceptual work. When I review portfolios, I try and get to the root of what the photographer is trying to say. My process of editing, sequencing, and constructive criticism is meant to help crystallize their vision. This aspect of photography is too often overlooked, but can be the difference between an average work and an excellent one.

Peter van Agtmael

About your mentor

Peter van Agtmael is known for his deeply affecting, sometimes surreal images, which explore themes of conflict, history, memory, nationalism, militarism, race and class. He has spent more than ten years covering America’s wars from both sides and countless angles, from embedding with military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to covering the civilian cost of the wars. He has also extensively documented the Israel/Palestine conflict.Van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. He was aged 20 and studying history at Yale when during 9/11; an event that would be pivotal in shaping his career. Shortly after graduating, he began documenting America’s conflicts, which continue to be the anchor of his work.Along with his ongoing personal projects, Van Agtmael has photographed for many leading publications including The New York Times Magazine, where he has had multiple front covers. His work is held at International Center of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Deutsche Börse, Photography Foundation and Yale University Art Gallery.He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, a Magnum Foundation Grant as well as awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, POYi, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, FOAM and Photo District News.Van Agtmael joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a full member in 2013.

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