Magnum Photos is proud to be partnering with UE Germany to develop a series of workshops for their students in Berlin and Hamburg for this coming year.

The first partnership will take place in September in Berlin. Coinciding with Berlin Photo Week festival, students from UE Germany will participate in a shooting workshop with Nanna Heitmann and Yael Matinez between 1-2 September, 2022. The programme is designed to explore the foundations of how to be a working photographer undertaking editorial assignments in a fast-paced environment.

Over two intensive days, participants selected through an open call will shoot new work following a brief set by the Magnum photographers. Throughout the workshop, students will engage in editing and sequencing exercises, take part in group crits, receive constructive feedback and understand the fundamentals of the editorial market.

This workshop offers:

  • Editing  and sequencing session
  • Group review sessions
  • Working with peers
  • A 50-page workbook on how to get started in photography


Wednesday, 1st September, 2022 – 10:00 – 16:00 

10:00 – 13:00 – Lecture by Yael Martinez and Nanna Heitmann
14:00 – 15:00 – Editing and Sequencing exercise
15:00 – 16:00 – Shooting brief and group conversation

16:00 – students start working on their response to the brief.

Thursday, 2nd September, 2022 – 10:00 – 18:00 

10:00 – 18:00 – Group crits with Nana Heitmann/Yael Martinez
Each student brings a selection of images shot in response to the brief.

Interested UE students submit a portfolio and a letter of motivation. 20 students will be selected by a jury consisting of professors Nina Röder, Heike Ollertz and Michael Danner and assigned to Magnum photographers.

Current students and graduates of our BA and MA Photography programmes from Berlin and Hamburg. The 2-day workshop will take place on 1-2 September 2022 at our Berlin campus. As well as on 3 September for the Berlin Photo Week Festival, which features talks and book signings by Magnum photographers. The workshop and festival pass are free and the language of instruction is English.

Submit the following as one PDF document in the designated MS Teams folder „MAGNUM 2022“ by 14 August 2022. Alumni without access to MS Teams send their application to
– 1 or 2 related photo series, each series max. 10 images with title and a short description
– A short motivation letter, max. 1,000 characters, explaining why you are interested in the workshops at MAGNUM and what you hope to gain from the experience
– First choice of Mganum photographer

Yael Martínez’s work addresses fractured communities in his native Mexico. He often works symbolically to evoke a sense of emptiness, absence, and pain suffered by those affected by organized crime in the region. He is the recipient of the Eugene Smith Award 2019, was fellow of the Photography and Social Justice Program of The Magnum Foundation. He won the 2nd Prize of the World Press Photo contests 2019 in the category of long-term projects. Martínez was grantee of the Magnum Foundation in the grants: Emergency Fund and On Religion in 2016- 2017. His work has been featured in group shows in America, Europe, Africa and Asia. His work has been published by: The Wall Street Journal,Blomberg news, Lens NY times, Time, Vogue Italy, Vrij Nederland, Aperture. Martínez became a Magnum Nominee member in 2020.  

Nanna Heitmann (b. 1994 in Ulm, Germany) is a documentary photographer who is currently based in Moscow, Russia.

Her works often deal with issues of isolation – physical, social and spiritual – as well as the very nature of how people react to and interact with their environs.

She has received awards that include the World Press Photo Award, the Olivier Rebbot Award and the Leica Oscar Barnack Newcomer Award as well as the Ian Parry Award of Achievement and has been listed on The 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch 2020.

Heitmann’s work has been published by National GeographicTIME Magazine, M Le Magazine du Monde, De VolkskrantStern Magazine and she has worked on assignments for outlets including The New York TimesTIME Magazine, The Washington Post and Stern Magazine.

Nanna is an associate member of Magnum Photos.

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