Stuart Franklin Ida Matysek, a local Bialowieza resident finishing breakfast. Poland. 1998. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos

Apply now for this unique three-week course led by award-winning Magnum photographer Stuart Franklin, Magnum associate Cristina de Middel, and Max Houghton, course leader of MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC.

Now in its sixth year, this intensive course will equip students with the historical and contextual framework required for critical thinking around documentary photography, and offers technical guidance and tutorial support.

Focusing on how to develop a personal project and an authentic voice, you will explore and define your individual approach to documentary photography and consider all elements of successful project development: from research, to access and shooting, editing and sequencing, and the creation of a zine.

Other tutors and lecturers include: Chris Steele-Perkins (Magnum photographer) Sim Chi Yin (Magnum nominee), Mark Power (Magnum photographer), Jennifer Goods (writer and lecturer), Natasha Caruana (photographer). More lecturers to be announced.

We aim to build an atmosphere that resembles an artist residency: a safe space for creativity and experimentation, and personal development. London will become your home for three weeks and together with your peers, you will be encouraged to critically engage with your photographic practice, take part in evening lectures or simply spend social time together as a group.

This course covers:

• How to devise and research a photographic project: What makes a good idea and how visual storytelling can be employed to best articulate a concept?
• Practical assignments and on location shooting
• Magnum Print Room: during weekend sessions, you will learn tips and tricks to navigate and demystify the photography business, offering career development and networking opportunities
• Lectures led by Magnum photographers and staff, industry experts and LCC faculty
• Museum visit: learn about the Tate Modern photography collection, through a tour with the curator
• Critique: individually and in groups with a focus on technique, subject and personal voice
• Editing and production: learn how editing, sequencing and design can reveal narrative and meaning
• How to present and pitch your work to clients
• Advice surgery with Magnum staff
• Zine workshop: design, print and make your own zine from the work shot over the three-week period.
• Graduation party: celebrate and display work digitally during a public screening.

Selected alumni may have their work featured on the Magnum Website and Magnum Learn Instagram account.

Feedback from previous participants:

“Incredible, worth every penny – I grew both as a photographer and personally as well.”

“The speakers were excellent. I felt like we were getting the best information from the best people in the field. I was blown away by the curriculum and I learned so much.”

“I really enjoyed this course for many reasons but I think the two most important are the variety of speakers and the sense of community fostered between my classmates.”

Cristina de Middel From the series: Sharkification. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 2015. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos
Cristina de Middel Legba (Eshu) starting his journey to America from the beaches of Ouidah. From the series "Mindnight at the Crossroads". (Collaboration with Bruno Morais). Benin, 2016. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos

Where & When

London College of Communication
Elephant & Castle
London SE1 6SB

Magnum Photos
63 Gee Street
London EC1V 3RS

5th – 25th August 2020, 10am to 6pm
Monday – Sunday with a programme of evening events

We are monitoring the ongoing situation with COVID-19 carefully. Participant safety is of the utmost importance to us and our students and community are at the heart of all that we do. At the moment the workshop is going ahead as planned. But please be aware that due to the ever evolving nature of the situation, we may need to postpone. We will share updates on these pages and via email directly to those who have applied.


The workshop will be held in English


£3,300 (incl. VAT). Terms and Conditions apply.

Payments in two instalments made over a 3-month period are possible. Please contact short courses at for more information.

Selection and Requirements

This course is open to 22 applicants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Students are required to bring their own laptop and camera.


Click here to register for this course.


For enquiries relating to this project please email Sonia Jeunet

Stuart Franklin Embleton Bay, looking over Dunstanburgh Castle. Farne Islands, Great Britain, 2004. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos
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