Magnum Photos is proud to partner with Light Society to deliver a workshop with Magnum photographers Jonas Bendiksen in Beijing, China between April 6–10, 2024.

By joining this workshop you receive guidance on your photographic style, develop a distinctive approach to your subject and work in a group setting with others. Participants will come together on the first day for a lecture on visual storytelling by Jonas. The following three days, they will be split into groups and will receive feedback on their work in group portfolio reviews.

You will be tasked to work on a short assignment for five days and receive daily feedback in group settings and on one-to-one with Jonas to define a topic and how to represent it visually. The last day of the workshop will explore editing and sequencing strategies on how to tell a story in a compelling way.

“I’m interested in any photographers that want their photography to do something. Whatever that is… To make the viewers feel something? To awaken curiosity about something? Or it could be photography that aims to share something with the viewer, or to explore something the photographer is passionate about. It needs to document something, or to pose simple questions. I will always be attentive to the visual and aesthetic qualities of the work, but I think it is also essential to focus on what the photographer’s intentions are, and how the two elements can work together.” – Jonas Bendiksen

This workshop offers: 

  • Group crits
  • Intimate sessions and lectures on visual storytelling
  • Editing and sequencing strategies
  • A 50-page workbook on how to get started in photography

Application process: 

This workshop is open to 12 photographers. The

Applicants need to submit:

  • CV
  • A project introduction of 200-500 words including
  • 10 works (photo requirements: no larger than 3M, JPEG format)

Please send the above information by email to:


The fee for this workshop is RMB 13,800 (excluding transportation, accommodation and other personal expenses incurred during the study period), including a registration application fee of RMB 100.

Get Magnum news and updates directly to your inbox

Stay in touch
Monthly updates on the latest assignments, photographer projects and collaborations with brands.
Know when our quarterly 7-day square print sale is coming.
Learn about online and offline exhibitions, photography fairs, gallery events, plus fine print news and activities, on a monthly basis.
Get fortnightly tips and advice articles, find out about the latest workshops, free online events and on-demand courses.
Be the first to know about recent Magnum Shop drops. From new books and limited editions, to special offers, you can find it all on the weekly Magnum Shop newsletter.
Stay up to date every Thursday with Magnum photographers’ activities, new work, stories published on the Magnum website, and the latest offerings from our shop.