Magnum Photos Workshops


Magnum Workshop Goa

25 – 28 February 2015

Krishnadas Shama Goa State Central Library, Panaji, India


The Magnum Workshop Goa is a four-day program designed to guide and encourage photographers in refining visual narratives in the Magnum tradition of documentary storytelling.

The second initiative to be conceived by Magnum Photos in India, this new workshop is a partnership with the inaugural Goa Photo 2015, a new annual international photography festival to be held across the city of Panaji between the 25th of February and the 7th of March 2015. Over a period of ten days, the festival will transform the city into a platform for showcasing contemporary photography (http://www.goaphoto.in/). The Magnum Workshop Goa follows on from the successes of the Magnum educational program hosted in Delhi 2013 with acclaimed photographers Abbas and Raghu Rai.


Intended for photographers wishing to broaden their visual perspective and push the boundaries of their personal development, the Magnum Workshop Goa will elevate the professional standard of both regional and international photographers, under the guidance of Magnum’s experienced practitioners; Harry Gruyaert (Belgium) and Stuart Franklin (UK).

The workshop provides an opportunity for photographers to shoot, polish and publish their work, with an emphasis on refining visual narratives, within the beautiful and colourful town of Panaji. Panaji is Goa’s small and historic state capital; previously colonized by the Portuguese. It has its own charm, a river flowing along one side of the city, some areas which are low-rise and red-roofed, and even a Latin Quarter at the eastern end of town. Panaji is shaping itself as a centre where cultures (many from across the globe, and from diverse areas of India too) meet and creativity flourishes.

The Magnum Workshop Goa provides an opportunity for Magnum’s photographers to meet and have a continual dialogue with photographers from Asia, forming part of Magnum’s ongoing commitment to artists in diverse geographies.

Teaching formats

An exclusive group of 24 photographers will be selected from an open call for submissions; 12 per individual workshop group. Participants will be expected to fully immerse themselves in the process; introducing & contextualizing their work to their mentor, engaging in the work of peers and defining longer-term goals for their practice.

The workshop will be taught in a variety of formats, as directed by the workshop tutor:

  • Self-directed shooting
  • Group reviews
  • One to one critiques
  • Editing & sequencing sessions
  • Tutor lectures
  • Mini assignments


  • By the end of the workshop, participants should
  • have a thoroughly planned and critically informed self directed body of photographic work
  • be able to demonstrate creative, visual, intellectual and technical abilities
  • have deeper understanding of the history of documentary photography and Magnum’s contribution to it
  • Critically analyze photography within both historical and theoretical frameworks;
  • Engage in informed, critical self-reflection and the ability to critique peers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of editing photographs for different ouptuts (‘versioning’)
  • Develop an understanding of the variety of ways in which photography can function as a means of personal expression and as a documentary record
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of camera, equipment and the editing of photographic images
  • The workshop culminates in a public projection of student’s work in front of a professional audience, as part of the official program of Goa Photo.

Through a new partnership with the award-winning British Journal of Photography, one selected photographer (identified by the Magnum tutor) will enjoy an extensive feature of his/her work, published online to an international audience.

How to Apply

The workshop is open to international photographers with a good level of photographic aptitude. Please complete the online form to be considered. We will allocate you to your preferred photographer where possible.

Tuition fees: £600 GBP / 58,000 INR

Apply now

Magnum Photos Scholarships

Magnum Photos is proud to be providing two scholarship places for Indian photographers to participate in the workshop for free. One scholarship will be offered to a Goan photographer under the age of 25 years, and the other for an Indian photographer who has graduated in a relevant media or arts course in the last 3 years.

Photographers who wish to apply for either scholarship will need to submit a portfolio of 20 works (low resolution images) from a singular documentary project together with an artist statement, biography or CV, as well as a short paragraph on your expectations for this program. The mentors will select participants based on their portfolio.

Email your application in a zipped folder to: macdougall.lola@gmail.com


Stuart Franklin was born in Britain in 1956. He studied photography and film at West Surrey College of Art and Design and geography at the University of Oxford (BA and PhD). During the 1980s, he worked as a correspondent for Sygma Agence Presse in Paris before joining Magnum Photos in 1985.

Franklin’s coverage of the Sahel famine from 1984 to 1985 won him acclaim, but he is perhaps best known for his celebrated photograph of a man defying a tank in Tiananmen Square, China, in 1989, which won him a World Press Photo Award. Since 1990, Franklin has completed over twenty assignments for National Geographic. His documentary photography has taken him to Central and South America, China, Southeast Asia and Europe. Since 2004 he has focused on long-term projects concerned primarily with man and the environment.

In 1999 he produced The Time of Trees, a photographic essay examining the social relationship between nature and society through the prism of trees. This was followed four years later by The Dynamic City, about the evolution and everyday life of cities. In 2005 he completed Hôtel Afrique, an exhibition on Africa’s elite hotels (the book of the same title is in progress); the same year, aided by a grant funded by the National Trust, he published Sea Fever, a documentary project about the British coastline. Franklin is currently working on a long-term project on Europe’s changing landscape, focusing in particular on the climate and on patterns of transformation.

FRANCE. Paris. 14th arrondissement. Rue de l'Ouest. Tired dog. 1974.

Richard Kalvar

After studying English and American literature at Cornell University in the mid sixties, Richard Kalvar worked in New York as assistant to French fashion photographer Jérôme Ducrot. It was an extended trip with a camera to Europe in 1966-1967 that made him decide to become a photographer. After working for two years in New York he was offered his first and last role in the theatre, acting in French in Marseille and Paris, where he settled, helping found the Viva agency in 1972. In 1975 he became an associate member of Magnum Photos, and a full member two years later. He has subsequently served as vice-president and president.

Kalvar has done an extensive personal work in America, Europe and Asia, notably in France, Italy England, Japan and the United States, supporting himself with journalistic and commercial assignments. He has a long-term unfinished project in Rome.

In 1980 Kalvar had a one-man show at Agathe Gaillard gallery in Paris, and has participated in many group shows. A major retrospective of his work was shown at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in 2007, accompanied by his book Earhlings.

Kalvar’s photographs are marked by a strong homogeneity of aesthetic and theme. His images frequently play on a discrepancy between the banality of a real situation and a feeling of of strangeness that emerges from a particular choice of timing and framing. The result is a state of tension between two levels of interpretation, attenuated by a touch of humor.