Dead bodies on the street, photographed from a car. The maker of the photograph cannot be revealed. Victims are mostly kidnapped and then murdered. Bodies are thrown on the street as warning or terror. Some militias prohibit family members to pick up the dead bodies. Sometimes it proves be a booby trap.
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Magnum Workshop

21.08.08 | Chloe Hoare

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Details of Brighton Photo Biennial 2008 events have now been added to this website. See events page.

See details below of The Magnum Workshop Brighton, a particularly exciting opportunity for photographers.

The Magnum Workshop Brighton UK is a five-day practical event intended for advanced photographers wishing to proceed with the next stage of their photographic careers. Led by three Magnum photographers Carl De Keyzer, Mark Power and Donovan Wylie.


This workshop is an exciting opportunity to build a new body of work under the guidance of experienced practitioners.

The event is organised in collaboration with Brighton Photo Biennial and will be held at the Centre for Research and Development at the University of Brighton.


The Masterclass

22 successful candidates will spend five days with all three photographers developing visual language, technical and conceptual skills and individual photographic identity. Through an intensive five days of progressive picture taking, candidates will produce an individual project under the same structure as professional assignments.

The workshop will be based at the Centre for Research and Development at the University of Brighton, the location for daily reviews, group critiques, mentoring, editing sessions and opportunities to learn amongst peers.

The images produced over the week will constitute an individual body of work culminating in the production of unique, singular books designed by the participants. The process of editing and critiquing the work will be a principal part of the learning process and conducted on a daily basis. Participants will be expected to provide and receive constructive comments to and from their peers as well as obtain personal critiques from the lead photographers; this is considered an integral part of the workshop.


Why Brighton?

The Magnum Workshop Brighton is run in conjunction with Brighton Photo Biennial 2008. This year the festival is curated by the provocative writer and critic Julian Stallabrass under the title Memory of Fire: The War of Images and Images of War. A diverse program of exhibitions, talks, workshops and a strong online presence will explore photographic images of war, their making, use and circulation, and their currency in contemporary society. Magnum Photos, founded in 1947 by four humanitarian photographers Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David Seymour, has a sixty year heritage documenting key historic events including many of the world’s most defining conflicts. This tradition of witnessing and recording social and political upheaval links closely with the Biennial programme of events. Planned exhibitions include Agent Orange by Philip Jones Griffiths and Susan Meiselas’ acclaimed Nicaragua work. Magnum Photos is pleased to be supporting Brighton Photo Biennial with their influential and timely program.

All participants of the workshop will be encouraged to immerse themselves in the scheduled exhibitions and events before, during and after the workshop to ensure maximum learning potential.


The workshop is aimed at advanced photographers, both amateur and professional, who will be selected on the strength of portfolios submitted online to the lead photographers. These portfolios should consist of 10 images and reflect the individual photographic interests and style of the applicant. Portfolios should include projects shot over a significant period of time and ideally be edited in the form of photographic essays. A high level of photographic aptitude will be the essential criteria for participation and candidates should arrive comfortable with their equipment and ready to shoot.

Selected participants should ideally arrive with at least one project idea that they wish to develop during the workshop. We highly recommend that prior research is conducted before the workshop begins. This should ideally include ground research, contact liaison and access information; you may have even begun your project already. This prior research will ensure that once the workshop begins your time can be dedicated to taking pictures rather than gaining access or speaking with contacts. These project ideas will be discussed at the beginning of the week and all projects must be conducted within Brighton and the surrounding area. The three lead photographers share an interest in history and how the sense of the past alters one’s perception of a place. You may consider this when thinking about your own project.

Due to the pace of the week, participants are required to produce and edit their work digitally. We highly recommend bringing laptops for convenience as this equipment will not be readily available. For those wishing to shoot using film, you may do so but at your own cost and in the time imposed. There is a very good lab, Spectrum, situated in Hove.



£800 plus VAT (does not include travel, accommodations or on the ground expenses)



Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding accommodation and a list of suitable hotels (some with Magnum discounts) will be provided to successful candidates. We recommend participants stay in the local area of Brighton, Kemp Town or Hove.


Applications: see application form on the Magnum website.

Deadline: Wednesday 17th September at 6.00pm GMT.


For queries please contact Fiona Rogers
Successful applicants will be informed Tuesday 30th September.

Image Caption: GB. ENGLAND. South coast. Brighton. The West Pier. 1983. © Carl De Keyzer.