to February 2023
Photography is a means for communicating stories & ideas — a space for critical meditation on the world, but also a realm for self-reflection. What is the relationship between the intimate and the non-personal in photography? How do we tell stories that are "ours" to tell? How do we define our relationship with the medium in an era where everyone is empowered to tell their own story with a camera?
Guided by photographer Laura El-Tantawy, participants will be introduced to photography as a vehicle for individual storytelling. The program will delve into different modes of "personal" stories, by questioning documentary and its different media (stills, sound, moving images & text). You will explore the critical and poetic, collaborative and idiosyncratic, philosophical and intuitive, emotional and analytical.
The program will be conducted online over the course of 8 months with the goal to lead you to complete a personal project and acquire valuable skills to keep developing your career. To participate, simply fill in the form with your personal details, share a link to your portfolio and apply for free. If your application is successful, we will notify you and guide you to enroll in the program.
At the end of the program, one or more participants will be selected for an exhibition at the PhMuseum Lab - an opportunity for international exposure and a chance to present your work in a public venue.
Discover the photographers who have been selected the second edition of the International Documentary Photography Masterclass.
Maryam Al Khasawneh is a multidisciplinary researcher and photographer from Jordan. Her work stands at the intersection between historical archival research, photography and food and plant sustainability. Having participated and organized workshops on Food Design, her photography is very much focused on relationships and interdependencies between human and plant species. She has participated in multiple solo and group photography exhibitions around the Arab world.
Alexandra Corcode (b.2000), is a Romanian Documentary Photographer based between The Netherlands and Romania.
Her work focuses on themes of immigration, loneliness, death, lost traditions, mental and physical deterioration and the traces of human absence. Much of her practice is focused on capturing the unseen communities in her country. She continues to document the life of her family and low-income communities, in her home country of Romania.
In 2021 she participated in the VII Academy 9 month long programme in documentary and narrative practice. This year she has been published in Reuve 6 Mois - La Revue de Photojournalisme and has been selected for the New York Times Portfolio Review. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Licart portrait award and was a finalist for the Siena International Photo Award.
Alexandra is currently undertaking a BA in Photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK).
Angela Crosti is a photographic artist and writer with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours in Photography at the University of Westminster, London.
She works with analogue photography as well as digital, and her practice often deals with youth and adolescents, documenting experiences or events that have left an impact on the individuals. She is a storyteller and her inspiration often comes from literature, philosophy, and poetry. Angela embraces coincidence and analogy as essential working methods, her photographic approach is instinctive. She is based in London.
Back in Brazil for two years, visual artist Paula Faraco lived for 12 years in Berlin, Germany, where she studied photography. During that time, she participated in group exhibitions, and artistic residencies, Paula also received two honorable mentions. Under the influence of her training in journalism and, this year, in Philosophy, her most recent works mix photographs and texts and her research focuses on issues such as women's sexuality, femicide, and sexual harassment.
Currently, Paula Faraco lives and works in São Paulo.
A French national of multicultural origin, born in 1965 and mother of two, Sandra has been living in Switzerland again since January 2018 after having left France in 1997 and lived for several years in Italy, Singapore and Japan.
Expatriation required great adaptability and pushed her to reinvent her life several times. After a rewarding experience of 12 years in the field of industrial marketing and fashion, she chose to study again to become an interior designer, profession that she exercised for several years.
In Asia from 2012 to 2017 she decided to share the emotions she felt while capturing images in the streets. Photography appeared to her as an essential part of her life and she followed some workshops with inspiring photographers who helped her develop an artistic sensitivity and a certain consistency in her work.
Among other things, this allowed her to be selected for the KG + Award in 2017 with her BEHIND serie and to be exhibited in Kyoto during the Kyotography festival. Her work is usually judged as being delicate and poetic, while she is always looking for a singular and sensible aestheticism in the outlook she puts on the world around her.
Michaela Nagyidaiová is a Slovak photographer based in Bratislava. Her work analyses the connection between landscape and memory, the transformation of Central & Eastern EU countries from communism to capitalism, and migration. She is intrigued by past, yet also current ideologies, and political systems that often shape layers of one’s upbringing, daily life, and native environment. Drawing inspiration from often unresolved past events, though also contemporary issues, she usually works on long-term and personal projects that allow her to combine her photographs with text or archival material. She graduated with an MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication in 2019. She is a member of Women Photograph.
Moa Linnea Matilda Nyberg is a Sweden and Italy based photographer and aspiring photojournalist. Born and raised on the Swedish west coast she spent three years in Florence, Italy, where she obtained a BFA in Photography and New Media.
Her work mainly focuses on tabu and uneasy social topics. Visually, Nyberg focuses on the small details and the atmosphere, the individual fractions of the story that together creates a whole. By connecting these pieces, she wants to take something abstract (such as mental health) and turn it into something concrete. Her most recent and current project talks about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or, more commonly, Winter Depression, a mental disorder that affects many but isn't talked about or recognised enough.
Irina Shkoda is a visual lens-based artist. Originally from Kiev (Ukraine), she currently lives in Moscow. Graduated from the School of Modern Photography Docdocdoc, Saint-Petersburg, in 2019.
The most important part of her work is dedicated to personal long-term projects that contemplate the notion of the sacred and the associated taboos. The impulse for research on this topic arose as a result of her adolescent experience, when she spent a significant part of her time in a convent.
Lisa is a documentary photographer, specializing in family and storytelling. Her work explores complex subjects: humanity - how we exist in the every day, and relationships - the true-to-life stories that can’t be replicated in a portrait studio. Her work captures the unnoticed details that tell a family’s story and aims to create empathy and a greater understanding of the human condition.
Her work has been featured in multiple group exhibitions, including 1854 media/BJP Open Walls Arles 2021, and 'Picture Imperfect', a traveling exhibition featured at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. She resides in Alameda, CA with her husband, two human children, and two dog children, Chloe and Mr. Rufus.
Amanda Witt is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, California. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 'Visual and Media Arts' from Emerson College. For over 15 years she has worked professionally in the entertainment field. Her career began as an archivist transferring and editing various forms of vintage audio and visual medias. She credits the years she spent working in post-production with giving her a sharp eye for detail. In 2007, she shifted focus and worked as a videographer for celebrity clientele and event producers, shooting on analog mediums such as super 8mm film. More recently, she has been featured as a contributor to Getty Images, PlainPicture and Aesthetic Magazine. Amanda uses the alias 'Sarah in Hawaii' when creating and displaying content on social media.
With 4 online group classes and 3 seminars, Laura El-Tantawy will share her experience and working methods related to contemporary photography, guiding you in developing your project and introducing you to the theoretical frameworks for both critical and personal documentary strategies.
With these 4 online 60-min individual sessions you will have the time to engage in specific discussions aimed at working on your ideas and improving your methods. Sessions are tailor-made according to your specific needs and that of your project.
To grant you industry insight and offer complementary information, we have invited expert practitioners to host 5 interactive studio visits. They will disclose the methodologies behind their work and offer a better understanding of their role in the photography industry.
At the end of the program, one or more photographers will exhibit at PhMuseum Lab, our headquarters in Bologna, Italy. All participants will further benefit from dissemination opportunities through PhMuseum channels.
Combining group sessions with individual ones, Laura El-Tantawy will share her expertise and methods, guiding you in the development of your project. You will be introduced to theoretical and practical strategies of documentary making in the form of tailor-made feedback with the aim of completing your work along with potential presentation formats. Moreover, at the end of the masterclass, Laura and the PhMuseum team will offer an exhibition at the PhMuseum Lab (Bologna, Italy) to one or more participants. An opportunity for international exposure and a chance to present your work in a public venue. Check Laura El-Tantawy’s complete works here.
Laura El-Tantawy is an award-winning British/Egyptian documentary
photographer, artful bookmaker & mentor.
Born in Ronkswood (UK), Laura studied in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the US & UK. Living between East and West for much of her life inspires her work, which contemplates notions of home & belonging through exploring social & environmental issues pertinent to her background. Her photography is recognised for its characteristically painterly & lyrical eye on reality. Laura started her career as a newspaper photographer in the United States. She turned freelance in 2005, moving to Cairo and starting what became her seminal body of work In the Shadow of the Pyramids. Laura is the first Egyptian to be awarded the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund award, which she received for her long-term series I’ll Die For You. The award honours photographers whose work follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith's humanistic photography & dedicated compassion. In 2016, she was among the four artists nominated for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, awarded annually to a photographer who made the most significant contribution to the photographic medium in Europe during the past year. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Afar, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Time, New York Times, Huck & Foam.
Laura’s visual explorations often intertwine moving images, sound and personal narratives. She has self-published five highly regarded monographs and is currently working on her latest publication LULL, a visual meditation on the two years of lockdown. She is a Canon Ambassador, representing the global camera giant’s vision & passion for visual storytelling.
In CRITICAE you will be granted unique access to the studio's of recognized practitioners in the form of virtual interactive studio tours. A way to enrich your experience and learn relevant insights from other artists. Each studio visit includes a presentation by an invited artist followed by an informal Q&A session.
Dutch graphic designer Sybren Kuiper studied Dutch language and
literature at the University of Utrecht. After graduating, he studied graphic design at the
art academy, also in Utrecht. Since 1994 he works as an independent graphic
He works almost exclusively for a wide range of cultural clients. The first half of his career predominantly posters, flyers and programs for theatre productions & festivals, for the last fifteen years he worked on an ever-growing oeuvre of books and catalogues commissioned by museums, publishers, photographers and other artists. This site is dedicated to the latter.
Sybren is always looking for new ways to transform the reading of a (photo) book into an experience. To elevate the narrative of a project. To make it more than a collection of pictures alone. Apart from a strong approach to editing/sequencing and a keen eye for the use of text, he utilizes all the physical possibilities and characteristics of the book format itself, sometimes deceptively simple, sometimes neglecting and stretching the boundaries of bookmaking.
He also designs corporate identities and exhibitions. He is a part-time teacher and art director. Occasionally he writes on behalf of his clients. Sybren’s work has been widely recognized, nationally and internationally. And since 2017 he is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).
Amak Mahmoodian was Born in Shiraz, Iran and now lives in Bristol,
UK. Amak's work questions notions of identity and home, bridging the space between personal
and political. Through her journey, she explores the effects of exile and distance on
memory, dreams and daily life. In 2015, she completed a practice-based doctorate in
photography at the University of South Wales, having previously studied at the Art
University of Tehran. Working with images, poems and archives she has shown her work
extensively and won numerous awards.
She has realised two books, Shenasnameh in 2016 published by RRB Photobooks/ ICVL Studio and Zanjir published in 2019 by RRB Photobooks which in 2020 was selected as the winner of the prestigious Best Photo/Text Book Award offered by the Rencontres Arles.
Independent Art consultant & Editor
Monica Allende is an independent curator/artistic director,
consultant and educator. She is the Artistic Director of Landskrona Foto Festival and was
GetxoPhoto International Image Festival Artistic Director from 2017 to 2019. She curated
"Light" an exhibition during PhotoLondon 2021 at Peckham24.
She has also collaborated with WeTransfer as a Consultant and Creative Producer and was the FORMAT17 International Photography Festival director. She is curating the Blues Skies Project, a multidisciplinary project with artists Anton Kusters and Ruben Samama, shortlisted for the Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 and exhibiting in Les Recontres d’ Arles in 2021. She collaborates with Canon Europe as an adviser on the Ambassadors and the Student Mentorship Programmes. She advises CAMPO.lat, a grassroots digital platform, on strategy and programming. Allende was the Photo Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine, where she launched Spectrum, the award-winning photography section. She is a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communication, London & EFTI in Madrid. She is a collaborator and teaches programmes in Latin America and Sarajevo for the VII Academy part of the VII Foundation. She has also produced and taught creatives labs for FIFV in Chile, Proyecto Imaginario, Argentina, ScreenLab in London and Taskheil in Saudi Arabia.
The Mentorship Business Programme for the University of Sunderland and workshop for Internazionale a Ferrara, WPP workshop Angola, Magnum Professional Practice, Grain and Format “East Meets West “ Programme among many others, and WPP JOOP Masterclass. She is dedicated to nurturing new and established talent and nominates photographers for prizes, including the Paul Huf Award, Deutsche Börse TPG Photography Prize, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, the Prix Pictet and The Joop Swart Masterclass/ WPP. Allende is also a reviewer and ambassador for Reminders Photography Stronghold in Japan and Docking Station in Holland. She is on the Board of Trustees of Photoworks advising on curatorial practices.
Curator and gallerist
Born in Switzerland, Julie Bonzon (Dr.) is a London-based art
historian and a specialist in South African Photography. Following a Bachelors in History of
Art and Social Sciences at Université de Lausanne (2014), she completed a Masters in History
of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London (2015) and an AHRC-funded PhD in History
of Art at University College London (2020).
Bonzon has worked on curatorial and education projects for the Cultural Department of Magnum Photos London, The Photographer’s Gallery, The Ian Parry Scholarship and private photography collectors. She has written for several publications, including L’Oeil de la Photographie, Nataal and the catalogue of the 10th Bamako Biennale and delivered papers in international institutions, notably the British Museum in London and l’Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris.
Bonzon is the Founder of The Photographic Collective, an online platform to present the work and connect lens-based artists active in Africa. She worked at Messums London as Director of Photography and at Phillips, a Contemporary Auction house founded on innovation and dedicated to the art of collecting.
Artist & Curator at Autograph
Bindi Vora is British-Indian artist working with expanded
photography, visiting lecturer at University of Westminster and Curator at Autograph a
London-based non-profit arts charity that explores issues of identity, representation, human
rights and social justice through photography. Since joining Autograph she has curated
Poulomi Basu: Fireflies (2022), co-curated Care I Contagion I Community – Self & Other
(2021-2022); Lola Flash: [sur]passing and Maxine Walker: Untitled (both 2019) and
contributed to a series of in-conversations with multidisciplinary artists include Mónica
Alcázar-Duarte,Poulomi Basu, Maryam Wahid, Tobi Alexandra Falade, David Uzochukwu amongst
others. She has independently curated Poulomi Basu: Centralia for Recontres d’Arles – Louis
Roederer Discovery Award (2020); Let’s Go Through This Again (Portland Works, Sheffield
2018); her writing has appeared in publications by Maryam Wahid Zaibuinnisa (Midlands Art
Centre, 2022); Another Country: British Documentary Photography Since 1945 (Thames & Hudson,
2022); FOAM Magazine (2020), British Journal of Photography (2021) and Loose Associations
(2017), participating in public programmes for Tate Modern, Peckham24, GRAIN Photo Hub, The
Photographers Gallery amongst others. She currently serves on the Curatorial Advisory Board
for Amber-Side Gallery, Newcastle.
As an artist her works have been exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery (UK); Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects (UK); 180 The Strand (UK); Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood (UK); Phoenix Gallery (UK); Cultural Centre of Belgrade (RS); Benaki Museum (GR); Art Stage, (SG); amongst others. She has been commissioned by Hospital Rooms an arts and mental health charity to create new artworks for NHS Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Devon Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2019) and will undertake a new work for Southwest London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust at Springfield Hospital, London (2022). Her works are part of collections including the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection / MoMA (US), Guy’s & St Thomas Foundation (UK), The Hyman Collection (UK); Imperial Health Charity (UK), Self-Publish Be Happy at Maison Européenne de la Photographie (FR), The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmith’s University (UK), amongst others. www.bindivora.co.uk
This program grants you first-hand experience from an international photographer like Laura El-Tantawy, enhancing your theoretical and practical approach to documentary photography.
At the end of the masterclass, all the participants will have completed their projects, ready to present in a final form. Plus, one or more participants will exhibit their projects at the PhMuseum Lab in 2023.
Engage with a selected group of peers and professionals from around the world, who can become a resource for you in the future. Take advantage of PhMuseum channels to promote your work.
During these uncertain times, take the opportunity to engage in a program that will always be available to you. Plus, you have the chance to learn from home while working or studying.
Enjoy a high-end program at our launching price, one of the most competitive on the market. If you don’t have the resources, you can also apply for 1 fully-funded scholarship.
Just click on apply now and send us your portfolio. All the applications will be reviewed by PhMuseum Team. What we will consider is the potential of your ongoing project, the strength of your ideas and the coherence of your portfolio. If your application is successful, you will then be able to enroll in the program.
5 May - If you apply by this date you can be eligible for the full scholarship. Please take care of sending a motivational paragraph that addresses why you would benefit from attending the program.
12 May - If you apply by this date you can be eligible for the Early Bird Fee of €1,600. All applications submitted for the scholarship will be automatically eligible for the Early Bird Fee.
26 May - If you apply by this date you can join the program by paying the Regular Fee of €1,850. The seats are limited, so we recommend you to not wait until the last day.
Please note, in case you will be offered a place, PhMuseum will be happy to provide you with a supporting letter when you try to secure any external funding opportunities. For example, in previous editions of our masterclasses, the fee of candidates has been fully funded thanks to the generous support of IWMF Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists or other national programs.
All the online classes are held on Zoom. We will grant you a specific link each time and you will need to connect at least 15 minutes before. To attend them you will need a Mac OS X 10.11 or higher or Windows 7 or higher.* Plus, a stable internet connection, a quiet environment and access to Google Drive.
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