Sign up here to join Magnum photographer, Larry Towell, and director of GOST Books, Stuart Smith, for a three-day workshop exploring how to turn your project into a photobook. 

The photobook as a means of expressing a body of work has been a critical preoccupation of Magnum’s membership since the agency’s inception in 1947.  This workshop is aimed at photographers who have a body of work that they would like to create a book from and who looking to gain practical advice and inspirational ideas for how to combine form and content to create a meaningful photographic publication.

On day one you will gain an insight into photobook making through lectures from Larry Towell and Stuart Smith. On day two you will be split into groups, one participating in a group project review with Stuart Smith and the other participating in a group project review with Larry Towell. On day three the groups will swap so there is the opportunity to gain feedback and support from both experts. At the end of the workshop, everyone will regroup to share how their project has developed over the three days and what their next steps will be.

This workshop is limited to 16 participants. Applications are taken on a first come first served basis.

Sign up here. The deadline to book is April 10, 2023.

If you would like to pay in two installments of £400 over a two-month period sign up here 

“Making a photobook is a collaborative experience for both the photographer and designer—the relationship has to be one of trust, dialogue, listening and letting go. Making a book isn’t a paint-by-numbers experience, each project is different. However, there are some shared truths between each disparate project, and I’ll share my knowledge and experience of editing, design and production to present a realistic and practical picture of the process … in other words, what you wish someone had told you before making a photobook. ” — Stuart Smith 


Day One: 

AM – Housekeeping and course introduction, group personal and project introductions, followed by a multi-media presentation by Larry Towell.

PM – Larry Towell will continue his presentation, followed by lectures from Stuart Smith.

Day Two:

AM – PM – Participants will bring a wide edit of prints. Group A will receive collective reviews by Stuart Smith. Group B will receive collective reviews by Larry Towell.   

Day Three:

AM – PM –  Group A and B will swap around. At the end of the day the groups will rejoin for a discussion of the learnings and development of the individual projects over the three days. 

This workshop offers:

  • Practical advice, inspiration and new ideas for developing, editing, sequencing designing, funding and distributing photo books as well as alternative means of photographic publishing.
  • A multimedia presentation of Larry Towell’s work with original music and video.
  • Group review sessions.
  • A 50-page workbook on how to get started in photography.

By the end of the workshop, participants should:

  • Understand what the next steps for their photobook are and feel confident about executing this plan.
  • Have two leading expert’s opinion of how to create the best photobook from their work, as well as feedback in all the areas they are unsure of.
  • Be able to demonstrate creative, visual, intellectual and technical abilities.
  • Have critically analyzed photography within both personal and theoretical frameworks.
  • Have engaged in informed, critical self-reflection and the ability to critique peers.
  • Have demonstrated an understanding of editing and sequencing photographs for a book.
  • Have developed an understanding of the variety of ways in which photography can function as a means of personal expression and as a documentary record.
  • Have deeper understanding of the history of documentary photography and Magnum’s contribution to it.

The workshop is open to photographers of all levels, from passionate amateurs to working professionals who want to receive expert advice on their book idea from two esteemed collaborators in the photo book world.

£800 (incl. VAT)

Terms and Conditions apply.

Sign up here

If you would like to pay in two instalments of £400 over a two month period sign up here 

Deadline to book: April 10, 2023

Payments in two instalments over a 2-month period are possible. Please contact for details


Stuart Smith is Director of GOST Books, an independent visual arts and photography publisher based in London. GOST publishes a diverse range of subject matters and design: from an exploration of the fake news capital of Veles, documentation of costumes worn during festivals on the islands of the Venetian lagoon, impactful photographs of the repercussions of the global reliance on fossil fuels, to psychedelic photographs documenting the home of the late writer, Hunter S. Thompson. GOST aims to not only provide a platform for the work of emerging artists but contribute to print legacies of masters in the medium, including Elliott Erwitt, Mark Power and Larry Towell.   He began his career at the Architectural Association and then moved to Phaidon Press, before establishing SMITH in 1994 and GOST in 2013.

Larry Towell was born in rural Ontario, Canada, in 1953. A stint of volunteer work in Calcutta in 1976 provoked him to begin to photograph and write about power and landlessness. In the 1980’s he photographed the Nicaraguan Contra war and the relatives of the disappeared in Guatemala. In 1996, he completed a ten-year reportage on El Salvador which was followed by two books on the Palestinians and then a long-term project documenting Mennonite migrant workers in Mexico and Canada (2000, re-released 2022). Afghanistan was published in 2014 and will be followed in 2023 by The History War (Ukraine). He has received numerous prizes, including the World Press Photo of the Year, the Oskar Barnack, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eugene Smith, and Nadar Awards among others. In total he has published thirteen books. Larry is also a talented musician and songwriter releasing a set triple vinyl LPs in 2023.

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