Join Magnum photographer Yael Martínez on a 7-day immersive workshop in the Sacred Valley of Cusco.

Under the guidance of  Yael Martínez, inspired guest lectures and outings, participants will explore storytelling using the breadth of possibilities offered by photography. 

This workshop will provide an intimate experience of Peruvian culture, bridging the gap between local artists and the traditions that inspire the development of a project which carefully considers the context in which it is produced. It will take place during the Day of the Dead, an important cultural ceremony.

Yael Martínez is known for telling critical stories with unconventional approaches and is currently on the shortlist of the prestigious Prix Pictet prize, themed “Human”. Over the week he will support participants in developing new work whilst they interrogate the very means through which they approach it. Participants will become familiar with issues surrounding:

  • Representation
  • Impact
  • Collaboration
  • Approach



By the end of the workshop, participants should…

  • Have a thoroughly planned and critically informed self directed body of photographic work
  • Be able to demonstrate creative, visual, and technical abilities
  • Have deeper understanding of the history of documentary photography in Peru
  • Critically analyze photography within both historical and theoretical frameworks;
  • Engage in informed, critical self-reflection and the ability to critique peers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of editing photographs for different outputs
  • Develop an understanding of the variety of ways in which photography can function as a means of personal expression and as a documentary record


About The Sacred Valley of Cusco

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located 50 km north of the city of Cusco in Peru, and is home to a collection of ancient Incan ruins, including the citadel of Machu Picchu. Known for its picturesque mountain ranges, colourful vegetation and thriving Quechuan culture, it is by far Peru’s most visited destination, receiving millions of tourists each year.

The Valley is characterised by its traditional agricultural practices which mainly grow corn and hundreds of varieties of potatoes, symbolically rich textile artworks and, over the course of the last century, a thriving economy of tourism.

It has repeatedly been represented artistically and photographically, and Magnum’s eye is no exception, having welcomed Cornell Capa, Werner Bischoff, Martin Parr and Alex Webb to its hillsides. Still considered a top photographic destination for photographers all over the world, photographing it and its history has never been more sensitive or challenging given the ethical conundrums that come with unsustainable touristic practices, misrepresentation and a culture which increasingly relies on tourism to survive.



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