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FUTURES: Learn with Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos is thrilled to announce a 3-year partnership with FUTURES, a platform supporting emerging photographers from across the globe. 

Drawing from Magnum’s 75 years of experience as a global photo agency, the partnership will see the creation of a complete, three-year educational course titled FUTURES: Learn with Magnum Photos, designed to accompany, support and inspire the next generation of photographers. 

Created exclusively for artists within the FUTURES program, the course aims to develop critical thinking and a practical understanding of the contemporary landscape of photography as a profession. 

Photographers and experts at the forefront of the industry will be invited to share their knowledge through presentations and case studies, and engage in discussions with participants. FUTURES artists will also be invited to a private Discord channel which will be a space to build communities through discussions, work sharing and networking during the three-year program. 

The curriculum for each year will be divided into four modules: Ethics, Inspiration, Foundations and Practice. Throughout the program, FUTURES artists will explore topics ranging from ethics of representation, methods of research and working on long-term projects, the foundations of grant writing, and will learn essential skills in working with galleries and museums. 

To celebrate the launch of the course, an online event will take place on Tuesday September 13, 2022, hosted by Magnum Photos and FUTURES. Lua Ribeira will be present as a guest speaker, sharing her experiences as a professional photographer. 

The course is organized and run by Bayryam Bayryamali, Magnum Coordinator, and Sonia Jeunet, Education Director at Magnum Photos. 

About FUTURES

FUTURES is a Europe-based photography platform bringing together the global photography community to support and nurture the professional development of emerging artists across the world. Since 2017, it aims to add long term value in empowering early and mid-career photographers – launching initiatives to promote their work and granting them access to an unprecedented network of professionals, markets and audiences.

FUTURES seeks to encourage new and adventurous ways of enhancing the vital relationship between artists and the industry by creating an ecosystem that allows and stimulates cross-pollination, whilst simultaneously becoming the go-to source for emerging photography worldwide. FUTURES has grown from 13 to 19 members, covering the full scope of the European contemporary photography landscape. The platform currently draws from and collaborates with a consortium of the following art institutions across Europe to amplify emerging talents in photography: CAMERA - Centro Italiano per la Fotografia (IT), Centre Photographique Rouen Normandie (FR), Copenhagen Photo Festival (DK), Triennial of Photography Hamburg (DE), Der Greif (DE), FOMU (BE), FOTODOK (NL), Fotofestiwal Lodz (PL), Fotogalleriet (NO), Fotograf Magazine (CZ), Fotografska Udruga Organ Vida (HR), ISSP (LV), PhotoEspaña (ES), PhotoIreland (IE), Photo Romania Festival (RO), Plataforma de Fotografia Ci.Clo (PT), Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center (HU), Void (GR) and our research member, Eurokleis s.r.l. (IT)

Through case studies and conversations with photographers and renowned industry experts, the program aims to develop critical thinking and practical understanding of the contemporary landscape of the photography profession.

Biographies:

Bayryam Bayryamali is Magnum Learn Coordinator, originally joining Magnum as part of the New Museum trainee programme. Previously, he worked as an Event Assistant for The Mosaic Rooms in London, where he was responsible for the management and delivery of public programming. 

Since graduating in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, Bayryam has continued his own photography practice. He is working with Tate Collective Young Producers and volunteering for ‘BP or not BP?’. 

Sonia Jeunet is the Education Director at Magnum Photos in London. She develops photography workshops and masterclasses and has worked with leading industry professionals and institutions such as the London College of Communication, Fujifilm, FUTURES, Photo Australia, among others.

Sonia has more than 12 years’ experience working in the photography industry. Prior to Magnum, she worked at Panos Pictures in London and NOOR in Amsterdam, as commissioning editor, photo editor and project manager. 

She teaches regularly about professional practice and has given lectures at Westminster University, Photofusion, Minority Rights, Anadolu Kültür and the Photography Foundation, among others.

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