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Learn how to break into editorial photography from the experts

Learn more about the first in our series of Professional Practice Workshops with Magnum Photos, focusing on editorial photography

British Journal of Photography have teamed up with Magnum Photos to offer a brand new programme of professional development workshops in 2016. Led by leading Magnum photographers and industry professionals, the programme presents incredible training opportunities for early & mid-career photographers.

Our first workshop focuses on editorial photography, where attendees will hear detailed, vital aspects of the processes photographers go through with publications. Learn from leading commissioners and a Magnum photographer about portfolio building, winning commissions, approaching editors, building and editing your story, information and captions, syndication and licensing, pricing, rights, contracts.

Each tutors will give behind-the-scenes information on their area of expertise. Group portfolio reviews on the second day will review your work in relation to the editorial market, encouraging students to develop skills in building, editing and pitching their story.

The tutors are:

Jonas Bendiksen – Magnum photographer

The acclaimed Norwegian photojournalist began his photographic career in Magnum Photos’ London offices as a 19-year-old intern – returning eight years later as a fully fledged member of the famed agency. Bendiksen, who is based in Oslo, has received numerous awards, including the Freedom of Expression Foundation Grant and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship as well as publishing two photobooks – Satellites and The Places We Live – with Aperture. He has worked with clients as diverse as The Paris Review, Newsweek and The Rockefeller Foundation and since 2004 has worked on several stories with National Geographic Magazine. Follow him on Instagram.

GEORGIA. Abkhazia. Sukhum. 2005. Although Abkhazia is isolated, half-abandoned and still suffering war wounds due to its unrecognized status, both locals and Russian tourists are drawn to the warm waters of the Black Sea. This unrecognized country, on a lush stretch of Black Sea coast, won its independence from the former Soviet republic of Georgia after a fierce war in 1993.

Abkhazia, Sukhum, 2005 © Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos

Hamish Crooks – Global Licensing Director, Magnum Photos

As Licensing Director for Magnum, Crooks is intimately familiar with image rights and how photographers can protect their rights and liaise with clients. Previous to this Hamish worked at Reuters News Agency in Product Development, and at The Telegraph as a sub-editor and journalist.

Emma Bowkett  – Director of Photography, FT Magazine

Since 2009, Bowkett has helped craft the visual language of the award-winning publication, commissioning photographers such as BJP Breakthrough winner Adama Jalloh. A visiting university lecturer who regularly participates at portfolio reviews, festivals and fairs, Bowkett was also the inaugural winner of the Firecracker Contributors Award, which recognises women who have had a substantial impact on the photography industry.

Sara Rumens  – Features Picture Editor, The Times

Rumens’ breadth of experience in photography takes in long stints at photo agencies, glossy magazines and prestigious broadsheets. Her role at The Times includes negotiating with photographers, parsing extensive image archives and handing shoot production.


Price: £275 per workshop

Special offer: Book all four workshops now and buy four for the price of three (available for a limited time only).

Other workshops: Our remaining Professional Practice workshops each tackle different facets of the industry that working photographers grapple with. Our March workshop is centred around the art market and will teach how photographers can approach galleries and exhibit their work internationally, as well as the secrets of exhibition programming. Our confirmed tutors are: Max Pinckers (Magnum photographer), Shoair Mavlian (Assistant Curator, Tate Modern), Chris Littlewood (Photography Director, Flowers Gallery), and Sophie Wright (Global Cultural Director, Magnum Photos).

For full details and to book your place visit: magnum-bjp.com

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