Magnum workshop first time in Budapest

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The recently opened Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center tries to help the development of Hungarian photography not only with exhibitions but with trainings as well. One of their most important programs is to bring the international training series of Magnum agency founded with the cooperation of Robert Capa to Hungary.

The five day workshop will be held at the end of May in Budapest. Participants will be able to work with two photographers of Magnum agency and consult with them about their own work. To support Hungarian photographers the Capa Center starts a new fellowships program to help participation on the workshop led by Ian Berry and Chris Steele-Perkins and they also offer a portfolio consultation to offer other possibilities for photographers.

Application deadline is 13th April 2014 by midnight Budapest time.

Workshop details from the Magnum website:

In conjunction with two Magnum Photos’ exhibitions – Magnum First and Magnum contact Sheets, respectively presented at the Hungarian House of Photography and the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center from May 26th to August 24th – Magnum Photos are very proud to announce a new 5 day workshop in Budapest led by esteemed Magnum photographers Ian Berry and Chris Steele-Perkins.

Organized from May 28th to June 1st, 2014, this exclusive workshop will give limited participants a rare opportunity to refine their photographic practice and sense of authorship under the guidance of Magnum’s progressive photographers.

Ian Berry will help his participants to understand how best approach and pursue their career, developing their visual language, photographic identity, and the expertise required to compete in a changing marketplace.
He expects each participant to arrive with at least a dozen of their best images and an idea of what they want to do with their photography in the long run. He will tutor each photographer individually and enjoin each person to undertake either a specific project of his choosing or a theme more closely relating to their individual ambitions.
Each participant’s work will be reviewed daily as a group into a comprehensive educational critique.
On the fifth day, everyone will be asked to participate to the editing process of the best work which can then be presented in a cohesive form for a public projection.

Chris Steele-Perkins wants to put his participants in a real-time situation, of doing a real job, asking each participant to be part of team which will, during 5 days of hard work, be commissioned to make a magazine about Budapest.
The students will be asked to come up with at least two ideas for the subject they will follow. Through a daily program of shooting, editing and sequencing with group feedbacks, Chris Steele-Perkins will help turning them into a better photographer, and one who thinks carefully about what they are trying to achieve.
At the end of the period the participants will be provided with the pdf of the group project which they could print off at home for a hard copy of a Special Edition.

The conditions of the workshop, in small groups of 13 participants maximum, will contribute to create an intimate and strong atmosphere. The workshop will end with a public projection of the work produced during the 5 days.

As part of a special partnership with the British Journal of Photography, they will work with each Magnum tutor to identify a deserving workshop participant per class, who will enjoy a special online feature of their work accompanied by an interview.

Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center in Budapest

The Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center was founded in Budapest in 2013. The fruition of this project is the culmination of several years of work, built upon the important milestone of purchasing and bringing Robert Capa’s estate to Hungary in 2008. Aiming to stand out as a national and European institution, it promotes the genre of photography through contemporary approaches and tools. The tasks of the new visual institute are to organize an important numbers of projects related to photography such as exhibitions, workshops, books publication…
The Capa Center opened its doors in December 2013 as both an exhibition space and a training center. Located in the Ernst Museum, it offers workshop participants a chance to explore the heritage of Magnum’s founding member, Robert Capa, a hungarian-born photographer.

Special scholarship program for Hungarian photographers

The Capa Center offers 5 scholarships to Hungarian photographers to participate at the MAGNUM WORKSHOP. Interested photographers must participate at the CAPA PORTFOLIO REVIEW in order to be selected by the professional committee. Details of the scholarship and the review can be found here.


Workshop participants should be able to show a good level of photographic aptitude and a desire to learn. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment and ready to photograph. Each workshop is limited to 13 participants and photographers will be selected on the perceived benefit to their career and development.
Photographers should prepare sufficient research relating to what they wish to shoot prior to arrival. A story list will be provided for inspiration; however candidates are expected to formulate realistic projects in the geography and time supplied. Magnum will provide a suitable classroom infrastructure and participants will be responsible for their own time management.
Due to the fast pace of the workshop Magnum highly recommends that participants produce and edit their work digitally, using their own laptops. Individuals wishing to use film may do so, but at their own cost and during the time imposed. Lab services will be coordinated where required. Please note – all workshops will be conducted in English.

Tuition fees

950€ plus VAT (does not include travel, accommodations or on the ground expenses)

Upon submitting your online application you will be transferred to Google Checkout where you must submit a 100 € application fee. This will be applied to your tuition fee invoice if you are accepted onto the workshop. The fee will be fully refunded, minus 5€ for paypal services, if you are NOT accepted into the workshop. Applications without a fee will not be processed.

Please note: Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 8 participants. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a place with an alternative photographer. In the event of a cancellation, students will be given at least 2 weeks advance notice.

Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.

  • If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, it must be confirmed in writing:
  • Magnum Photos will reimburse all the registration costs except for €100 administrative fee, if the participant informs Magnum Photos of cancellation at least 3 weeks before the first day of the workshop. Beyond this time limit, Magnum Photos will charge the following:
  • 50% of the cost if cancelled between 6 and 20 days before the workshop commences.
  • 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 5 days before the workshop commences.
  • All workshops that are commenced but not completed through the fault of either the contractor/or participant need to be paid in full.
  • Magnum Photos is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is cancelled. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.

Travel & Accommodation

Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation; a list of suitable accommodation options will be provided to successful candidates.
Please ensure you have the necessary travel documents & relevant visas in order to attend the event. Magnum Photos can provide letters of support where necessary.


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The deadline for acceptance is May 5th. Qualified applicants will be selected through a combination of the merit of their work and their personal statement, and the order of their application’s receipt. All applications received after May 8th will be reviewed, space permitting.

Successful applicants will be informed via email by May 10th. Full payment should be received by 15thth May to fully confirm your place. Magnum Photos reserves the right to amend the program. For groups fewer than 7 participants, cancellation may apply; full refunds

For queries contact Nicolas Ossard, Cultural & Education Coordinator:

  • Workshop by Magnum Photographers
  • When: May 28 – Jun 1 2014
  • Where: Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center
    Nagymezo utca 8
    1065 Budapest, Hungary

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