The Houston Center for Photography and Magnum Photos are excited to present their first collaboration,  a free two-day photography masterclass with Yael Martínez.

Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States, is a city whose stunning growth and high-volume immigration have turned it into the most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis in the country, surpassing New York in 2010. The “On Communities” masterclass invites photographers living in Houston and its proximity to each create a photographic response to this theme which will be used as material for discussions, feedback, critiques and debate during the two-day workshop.

This masterclass will be based on a diverse cohort of photographers committed to telling stories about their communities and thus creating 10 varied responses to the question ‘What are Houston’s communities?’. By collaborating with and learning from Martínez and their peers, participants will develop their personal photographic practice, improve their storytelling skills, foster lasting professional connections, and create a network of like-minded photographers with converging interests and photographic approaches. Participants will be encouraged to actively take part in group discussions and should be open to receiving feedback both from Martínez and their peers.

By the end of the masterclass, participants will have learned how to respond to a photographic brief, improve their editing and sequencing skills, engage in constructive criticisms, and develop a clearer idea of who they are as storytellers.

Course Prep
Upon being selected, participants will receive a detailed brief on the theme of the masterclass and will use the following weeks to produce new work toward collaborating with Yael Martínez at the Houston Center for Photography.

Prerequisites / Eligibility
Applications are open to photographers between the ages 18 to 36 living within a radius of 50 miles from Houston’s city center.

We encourage applications from those who are underrepresented in the photography industry including women (female identifying), people from lower socio-income backgrounds, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC and those from ethnic minority backgrounds. We also welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds and therefore do not require a minimum formal qualification.

Successful applicants will be chosen based on their ability to demonstrate their commitment and motivation in pursuing a career in photography. The jury will consider both cohesive and compelling bodies of work as well as how this opportunity will benefit applicants’ practices and personal development.

Required materials
– One pdf file including 1 or 2 photo stories with no more than 30 images in total
– A Statement of Purpose explaining why you are applying and how this opportunity will benefit your practice

Applications are free and do not include any fees.


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