“I work on foot, with tripod and camera slung over my shoulder, often walking for hours at a time. From experience I’ve realized that pictures glimpsed from a passing car are rarely successful; they tend to be overt, and too much about the thing itself. I prefer to connect to a place, wherever it may be, by feeling my feet on its soil, and slowly, very slowly, absorbing its substance”- Mark Power

Looking at Mark Power’s photographic approach, as well as our collective experience of the current pandemic, Picturing Place is a photography workshop concerned with personal connections to a specific place.

During this five-week workshop, you will be asked to shoot new work weekly, which will be used as a basis for receiving critical feedback. It is open to those who are currently pursuing a long-term project or would want to use these five-weeks to produce new work from scratch.

As well as giving  feedback throughout the workshop, Mark will also share insights on his work own through a series of lectures, touching upon subjects such as editing and sequencing (using the three volumes of Good Morning, America as examples); building an idea from a passing thought into something tangible and complete, and publishing your work as a photobook, specifically looking at the example of Power’s The Shipping Forecast, which is soon to be republished in an expanded form.

In addition to feedback on your work, Mark will suggest photobooks tailored to each participants interests, which will hopefully inform your thinking and help develop your project. You will brainstorm ideas, both in group sessions and in one-to-ones with Mark, you’ll discuss your editing and sequencing, and you’ll work towards developing a visually coherent approach to your work.

The workshop is open to 20 photographers who will be divided into two groups of 10. Your group will be determined based on your geographical location.

This workshop offers:

  • One-to-one with Mark Power
  • Group crits
  • Editing and sequencing strategies


Wednesday 20 October – Thursday 18 November 2021.

This workshop is now full. Fill out this form to join the wait list.


Week 1
ALL – Wednesday 20 October PM
Housekeeping and course introduction
Participant’ introductions
Lecture 1 by Mark Power

Thursday 21 October – PM
Group 1
Brainstorm ideas for upcoming weeks
Lecture 2 by Mark Power

Friday 22 October – AM
Group 2
Brainstorm ideas for upcoming weeks
Lecture 2 by Mark Power

Week 2
Thursday 28 – PM
Group 1
Participants show work produced in the past week – group crits

Friday 29 – AM
Group 2
Participants show work produced in the past week – group crits

Week 3
Thursday 4 November & Friday 5 November
One-to-ones – 30 min. per participants.
Participants come at the time of their appointment.

Week 4
Thursday 11 – PM
Group 1
Participants show work produced in the past week – group crits
Lecture 3 by Mark Power

Friday 12 November – AM
Group 2
Participants show work produced in the past week – group crits
Lecture 3 by Mark Power

Week 5
Thursday 18 November AM / PM
Editing, sequencing, final questions, thanks

Moderated  by Sonia Jeunet, Magnum’s Programme Manager.

Scholarship Opportunity:

We offer one scholarship opportunity for a photographer working on long-term projects. The successful candidate will be selected based on the strength of the work submitted.
Please submit a pdf including two stories and a maximum of 25 images as well as a statement explaining how the scholarship will benefit your practice. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

We encourage people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, people from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds, those from the LGBTQ+ community and people outside the Western world to apply.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship has now passed.


Mark Power’s complex, meticulously crafted images usually made with a large-format camera have earned him a reputation as one of the forerunners of British photography. Known for his seminal work exploring the far-flung locations esoterically described in the BBC’s iconic Shipping Forecast, Power has adeptly expressed the peculiarities of social culture in places as varied as Britain, Poland and America.   His latest project, Good Morning America (which began in 2012 and is ongoing), reflects the current state of the nation while at the same time responding to memories of the cultural imperialism which crossed the Atlantic during his childhood in the British suburbs, in the form of music, film and, in particular, television. “I keep a physical and metaphorical distance between myself and the subject,” Power has said of his process, “yet I remain deeply connected. One might call it an intimate distance.” Another significant project where he again took on the role of a foreign observer, was The Sound of Two Songs (2004-2009), a five-year investigation into the impact of European Union membership on Poland. Notable commercial collaborations include a commission by Airbus (2003-2006) to document the construction of the largest passenger plane ever built, the Airbus A380. The clarity and visual adeptness of the project resulted in three shows at the photography festival Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse. He has also documented the construction of  the Millenium Dome, The Treasury, Kings Cross station and more recently the new distillery of The Macallan. For many years his work has been seen in numerous galleries and museums across the world and is in several important collections, both public and private, including the Arts Council of England, the British Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Marrakech Museum of Photography and Visual Art. Power lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England. He was a Senior Lecturer and then Professor of Photography at the University of Brighton from 1992 until 2017. Power joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2002, and became a full Member in 2007.

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