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This is the fourth workshop organized by Magnum Photos and the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations and Spiritualities at Fondazione Giorgio Cini. The workshops offer participants the opportunity to explore the city and take part in shooting exercises in an immersive and intimate group setting, led by Magnum photographers. 

Breaking down the boundaries between documentary and conceptual photography, Cristina de Middel will introduce her practice and give workshop participants a creative assignment on the theme of ‘Excess’. Playing with the concept of reality and the photographer’s capacity to visually reinvent the world around them, this workshop seeks to push participants outside their comfort zone photographically while investigating photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. 

Organized into sessions of lectures and group portfolio reviews, this workshop will help you develop your personal photographic style and experiment in a new geographical environment. The program will be structured as an assignment where participants will be responding to the theme ‘Excess’, followed by consultations with Cristina de Middel in a group setting. The last day of the workshop will explore editing and sequencing strategies on how to create a choral project which can be published in a book format or curated in an exhibition. 

“I’m looking to offer guidance and perspective for photographers who feel stuck either in their editing or creative process, and aim to provide an expanded understanding of documentary for open-minded creators,” Cristina de Middel says. 

This workshop is open for 12 participants and suitable for both photographers at aunty stages of their career

Price: 850€ (incl. VAT). 

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.

The arrival date for the workshop is 18 April.  The workshop will be held between 19-21 April. Participants can leave the island either on the night of 21 April or on 22 April.

This workshop offers:

– Consultations with Magnum photographer Cristina de Middel

– 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

– Lunch on each day of the workshop


Day One: 10:00 AM – 17:30 PM, 19th April

Housekeeping and Course Introduction

10:00 – 10:30 Housekeeping and Course Introduction

10:30 – 13:00 Lecture by Critisna de Middel: The nature of photography

14:00 – 15:00: Presentation of the theme Excess 

After 15:00 – Shooting time   

Day Two: 10:00 AM – 17:30 PM, 20th April

10:00 – 13:00 Group portfolio reviews 

14:00 – 18:00 Shooting time

18:00 – 20:00 Group session focusing on editing and sequencing

Day Three: 10:00 AM – 17:30 PM, 21st April

10:00 – 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 Cristina de Middel and the representatives of Magnum. The beneficiary will be responsible for covering their expenses to Venice.

Deadline for applications for scholarship: 1st March
Apply here for the scholarship. 

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About Your Tutors

Cristina de Middel

Cristina de Middel investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. Blending documentary and conceptual photographic practices, she plays with reconstructions and archetypes in order to build a more layered understanding of the subjects she approaches. Working from the premise that mass media is reducing our real understanding of the world we live in, De Middel responds to an urgency to re-imagine tired aesthetic tropes and insert opinion in place of facts.

Her impulse for an unconventional angle developed after a 10-year career as a photojournalist when De Middel stepped outside of straight documentary and produced the acclaimed series The Afronauts (2012). It explored the history of a failed space program in Zambia in the 1960s through staged reenactments of obscure narratives, challenging the traditional depiction of the African continent.

De Middel’s ongoing project Gentleman’s Club (which began in Rio de Janeiro in 2015 and has now expanded to every continent around the globe bar Australasia) focuses on prostitution’s less documented side: the male clients. Her intimate portraits of these men subvert the paradigms of the status quo to provide new sources of insight and understanding. As well as her acclaimed personal projects, De Middel has worked on commission for clients including The Nobel Peace Foundation, Christian Dior, Vanity Fair USA, Vogue USA and FC Barcelona.

De Middel was born in Spain and is based between Mexico and Brazil.

She joined Magnum in 2017 and became a full member in 2022.


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