Magnum Photos is delighted to announce a two-day program of workshops as part of Berlin Photo Week festival and Magnum’s 75th anniversary. 

Join us at the Arena in Berlin for a weekend of portfolio reviews, lectures and discussions on photography. The program will take place at the same time as Berlin Photo Week. Each participant will also get access to the fair and be part of exciting events taking part throughout the cities, from talks, exhibitions and book signing. 

Led by Alex Majoli and Bieke Depoorter, these two days will focus on discussing your work, engage in group portfolio reviews, and access events linked to Berlin Photo Week Fair at the Arena. 

Why should I join?

Portfolio reviews are a great opportunity to network and gain professional insight into an ongoing or finished project, whether new or from the archives. They are a perfect opportunity  to receive guidance on your ideas and approach, discuss editing and sequencing, and identify your next steps towards figuring out your photographic vision. Reviews leave participants with a fresh perspective and renewed motivation. 

Lectures delivered by Magnum photographers encompass subjects ranging from their personal work to their journeys into photography. Attendance of the talks is a thought-provoking and inspiring chance to learn from world-renowned image makers. 

The coffee breaks and informal discussions will be a wonderful chance to connect in real life – something we haven’t done for a very long time now, but are sorely missing!

Saturday 3 September

10:00 – Registration, welcome, coffee

10:30 – 12:30 – Lecture by Bieke Depoorter – Q&A

12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch (not included in price)

13:30 – 18:00 – Group portfolio reviews with Bieke Depoorter 

18:00 – 20:00 – Visit of the fair

Sunday 4 September

10:00 – Registration, welcome, coffee

10:30 – 12:30 – Lecture by Alex Majoli

12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch (non-included in price)

13:30 – 18:00 – Group portfolio reviews with Alex Majoli

18:00 – 20:00 – Visit of the fair


Register here

220€ (incl. VAT) per day

400€ (incl. VAT) for two days (10% discount)

This workshop is limited to 10 participants a day. Deadline to apply: 1 August. 

This event offer: 

  • Presentations by Magnum photographers 
  • Group portfolio reviews with a Magnum photographer and peers
  • Networking
  • Access to Berlin Photo Week Fair

About Berlin Photo Week:

The BERLIN PHOTO WEEK has been taking place since 2018 in Berlin and sees itself as an imaging festival for everyone who loves photography. The aim of the BERLIN PHOTO WEEK is to define and portray photography as a cultural asset on the one hand and as a mass phenomenon relevant to society on the other. Accordingly, its focus is on creating outstanding photographic moments with fun places, photo walks und workshops, as well as offering inspiration with exhibitions, conferences, talks, networking events and picture shows. The BERLIN PHOTO WEEK is a partner of IFA, the international consumer electronics show (2 to 6 September on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds). 

Bieke Depoorter (°1986, Belgium) received a master’s degree in photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent in 2009. Three years later, when just 25 years old, she was made a nominee of Magnum Photos, of which she was named a full member in 2016. Depoorter has won several awards and honors, including the Magnum Expression Award, The Larry Sultan award and the Prix Levallois. She has published four books: Ou MenyaI am About to Call it a Day, As it May Be, and Sète#15. She worked together with Aperture, Editions Xavier Barral, Edition Patrick Frey, Lannoo, Hannibal and Le bec en l’air to publish these books.

The relationships Depoorter establishes with the subjects of her photographs lie at the foundation of her artistic practice. Accidental encounters are the starting point, and how these interactions naturally develop dictates the nature of Depoorter’s work. But several recent projects have been the result of Depoorter questioning the medium. In As it May Be, she gradually became more aware of her status as an outsider, both culturally and as a photographer. So, in 2017, she revisited Egypt with the first draft of the book, inviting people to write comments directly onto the photographs. In Sète#15, and also Dvalemodus, a short film she co-directed, she began to see her subjects as actors. Although she portrayed them in their true environments, she tried to project her own story onto the scenes, fictionalizing the realities of her subjects in a way that blurred the lines between their world and hers.

At the age of 15, Alex Majoli joined the F45 Studio in Ravenna, working alongside Daniele Casadio. While studying at the Art Institute in Ravenna, he joined Grazia Neri Agency and traveled to Yugoslavia to document the conflict. He returned many times over the next few years, covering all major events in Kosovo and Albania. Majoli graduated from art school in 1991. Three years later, he made an intimate portrayal of the closing of an asylum for the insane on the island of Leros, Greece, a project that became the subject of his first book, Leros. In 1995 Majoli went to South America for several months, photographing a variety of subjects for his ongoing personal project, Requiem in Samba. He started the project Hotel Marinum in 1998, on life in harbour cities around the world, the final goal of which was to perform a theatrical multimedia show. That same year he began making a series of short films and documentaries. After becoming a full member of Magnum Photos in 2001, Majoli covered the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and two years later the invasion of Iraq. He continues to document various conflicts worldwide for NewsweekThe New York Times MagazineGranta and National Geographic.

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