Learn with Magnum Photos
Magnum Photos provides photographers at different stages in their careers with truly unique educational and professional development opportunities. Magnum Photos is committed to making quality education accessible and affordable to the next generation of visual storytellers from across the globe.
Learn all the skills you possibly can—filmmaking, sound, writing, finance, marketing, painting, installation. Read, think, be curious and just keep making your own work! Don’t always listen to advice—no two practitioners’ paths are the same!
What are the ingredients of a truly exceptional photo book? How do photographers navigate the world of photographic publishing and self publishing? How can photographers create and share their work in ways that inspire meaningful engagement and participation? And what are some practical tools to successfully develop a photo story in challenging economic environments? The Magnum Learn Online Seminar Series will help photographers get answers to these questions and hear from renowned industry experts and Magnum photographers. The special series of three, affordable online seminars aims to inspire and help kickstart your photographic projects in 2021.
Online Portfolio Reviews
Even after 15 years as a working photographer the Magnum Learn programme this year has been absolutely superb and expanded my mind to new possibilities. In a world where images are everywhere the Magnum courses and workshops re-focused my mind and re-inspired me to look at what’s really important, great storytelling. Having access to the world's best documentary photographers is something that wouldn’t be possible without Magnum Learn. Now living in a rural part of Australia I am even more isolated, but thanks to Magnum this year I have been able to connect on a global stage with peers and experts that wouldn’t previously had been possible.
Delving into a wide range of subjects, Bendiksen explores the inspiration found in a restless attitude to making photographs—as well as the nitty-gritty details of the craft, and shares valuable insights and advice on generating ideas, storytelling techniques, and developing long-term documentary projects. Spanning more than six and a half hours of material, the photographer unpacks his experiences making his critically acclaimed long-form personal projects, and invites students behind the curtain of his practice, sharing demonstrations on editing workflows and proposal writing, as well as providing a host of practical advice on everything from working in the field to the steps involved in creating a photobook.
Through multiple interactive online sessions, this mentorship will help you to identify next steps in the production process of a long term or personal project. Magnum photographers will guide their mentees on all aspects of the creative process: from concept development, and editing and sequencing, to the process of discovering and making a long-term project that you’re passionate about, to practical advice on photographing in the field.
Professional Practice Weekends Series
A series of online photography workshops, each organised over two weekends and whose focus is on demystifying the business of the industry, establishing a professional network of industry contacts, understanding the requirements of the market and identifying realistic routes into photographic employment.
Learn at your own pace
Learn through the lenses of Magnum Photos' members. Discover our growing catalogue of on-demand courses. The Art of Street Photography brings together seven Magnum photographers who share their best advice on making work in the streets, while Alec Soth leads an in-depth course on photographic storytelling and Bieke Depoorter offers insights into building trust with your subjects, and her unique approach to collaborative portraiture.
Magnum Photos is committed to fostering better access to opportunities within our own organization and the wider photographic industry. Over the past five years we have provided free educational offerings for over 1,200 emerging photographers.
We offer scholarships opportunities for many activities across our educational program, ranging from workshops and seminars, to portfolio reviews and our professional practice series.