Photo News – Magnum summer documentary photo course in London

POLAND. MILIK. December 2004.

Photo: Mark Power POLAND. MILIK. December 2004.

G.B. ENGLAND. Manchester. Moss Side Estate. 1986.

Photo: Stuart Franklin  G.B. ENGLAND. Manchester. Moss Side Estate. 1986.

Magnum Photos is running an intensive 21-day Documentary Photography Course in association with London College of Communication over the month of August. That’s great news but there is a catch—the cost of the course is £3,000, which is equivalent to a year’s tuition fees in some universities (not LCC), so it will be interesting to see what the take up for the course is like and who attends. However, I can’t find any information in the press release about the maximum group size.

The 21-day course will teach students how to successfully develop a documentary photo project from start to finish and will run from 7-27 August (Monday-Friday 10.00-17.00). Teaching will be led by award-winning Magnum photographers Mark Power, who joined the agency in 2002 and is currently Professor of Photography at the University of Brighton, and Stuart Franklin, who joined the agency in 1985, as well as the College’s staff, including Anne Williams and Max Houghton.

POLAND. POBIEROWO.  September 2008.

Photo: Mark Power POLAND. POBIEROWO. September 2008.

“During this three-week course, students will become absorbed in the practice and history of documentary photography and Magnum’s legacy and contemporary contribution to it. The course will consider all elements of successful project development; from research phases, to access and shooting, to the editing and creation of a final body of work for public display.

The course will consist of these main elements:
 Shooting on location – daily assignments and briefs in London
 Lectures – led by Magnum photographers and LCC staff
 Critique – individually and in groups, looking at technique, subject and personal voice
 Editing & production – learning how editing, sequencing and design can reveal narrative
 Magnum Print Room – you will spend a weekend learning the mechanics of the photography business,
networking and career development
 Graduation party –celebrate and display work digitally to a public and industry audience.

The learning outcomes connected to the course are:
 Create an industry standard and academically informed body of photographic work
 Have unique insight into the history of documentary photography
 Engage in critical debates on ethics, industry and technology in contemporary photographic practice
 Continue developing essential skills in writing, editing and making work for different audiences.

“For over sixty years, Magnum’s international photographers have chronicled the world; helping to shape documentary photography as a modern form of both artistic expression and a tool for change. As a modern agency, the current preoccupation is focused on the role of authorship in an image-saturated world.

“In conjunction with Magnum’s historic archive, a new means of culturally relevant production is being explored, leading to a greater dialogue with the wider market, expanded platforms and emerging geographies. With over six decades of experience and with access to world-leading photographers and professionals, Magnum Photos is committed in the transfer of its accumulated knowledge to a new generation of visual storytellers.” From the press release.

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