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Magali Couffon workshopx with Nic Dunlop

In Bangkok with Nic Dunlop

A selection of photographs from the most recent individual workshop with Nic Dunlop in Bangkok. For six days Magali Couffon de Trevros and Christelle Flisch worked on the “living river” theme, photographing the city’s ever busy water transportation system and commuters travelling the Chao Phraya river.

PHmuseum 2017 Grant Poster

The PHmuseum Grant

The PHmuseum Grant is an annual international initiative organized to support photographers, promote their projects and further their careers. Within the four previous editions it has awarded the work of photographers like Max Pinckers, Diana Markosian, Tomas van Houtryve, Rasmus Degnbol and Clémentine Schneiderman among many others, and it has grown into a leading photography award. The 2017 edition is now open for submissions.

The contest is open to all photographers, including those outside of the PHmuseum network. Applicants are invited to present visual projects centred around a specific theme, narrative or concept. The prizes will comprise £12.000 in cash, a solo exhibition at Cortona On The Move, an article on Witness – the World Press Photo Foundation online publication – a projection at Just Another Photo Festival and promotions via PHmuseum channels. The New Generation Prize, awarded to a photographer under 25 years of age, will also include a mentorship program with acclaimed educator Maggie Steber.

Applications will be reviewed by Sarah Leen (Director of Photography National Geographic Magazine and Partners), Emma Bowkett (Director of Photography at the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine), Alejandro Chaskielberg (Photographer) and Ihiro Hayami (Director of Tokyo Institute of Photography), who together will assign the Main Prize. Arianna Rinaldo, the Artistic Director of Cortona OTM, will select a project to be exhibited at the 2017 edition of the festival. Kate Bubacz (Senior Photo Editor for BuzzFeed News), Fiona Rogers (Global Business Development Manager at Magnum Photos International), Poulomi Basu (Photographer and Director of Just Another Photo Festival) and Alejandro Kirchuk (Visual Journalist and Senior
Photo Editor at PHmuseum) will award the New Generation Prize.

The submission deadline is February 15th, 2017.

Learn more and apply:

PHmuseum is a curated platform dedicated to contemporary photography. Launched in 2012, it is today a community of 5.000 selected photographers that is reached by more than 300.000 visitors per year. Its mission is to connect professionals within the photographic industry and create a free online space where everyone can learn about photography and its language.

To find more valuable grants, awards and open calls, visit our calendar.

Voies Off Award 2017 workshopx

Voies Off Award 2017

Apply to one of the most interesting and original contests for emerging photographers and become a part of the prestigious festival.

The Voies Off Award, now in its 22nd year, has been a unique opportunity for fresh generations of photographers since its foundation. It provides substantial cash prizes, but it’s far more than that. The Voies Off night projections during the opening week of the Rencontres d’Arles festival have become an international spot for discovering emerging talents (the early Antoine d’Agata among them) and an alternative venue for photographic creation.

Like every year, 60 finalist will be selected for night screenings shown to the festival audience and an international crowd of critics, curators, publishers, media and world’s top photographers. In addition, they will compete for three major prizes that will be announced at the end of the festival opening week.

The winner of the 2017 Voies Off Award will receive 5,000 €.

The winner of the SAIF Revelation Award will receive 2,500 €.

The winner of the Award will be granted a publication accompanied by an introductory text by an art critic.

All participants of the contest will be granted a free pass to the festival portfolio reviews in Arles, 4-8 July 2017.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 15 February 2017.


Alexandru Tomazatos - Homeland: Danube Delta Chien-Chi Chang workshop

Chien-Chi Chang workshop scholarship awarded

© Alex Tomazatos

The winner of the tuition-free scholarship for the documentary photography workshop with Chien-Chi Chang in Krakow is Alexandru Tomazatos from Romania. His Homeland – Danube Delta ongoing project was chosen by Mr. Chang as the most complex work among all submissions.

Alexandru’s project is dedicated to the place where he grew up – the Danube Delta in the Eastern part of Romania. Being a biologist by profession, Alexandru gradually switched his attention from the habits of reptiles and amphibians of this largely wild wetland area to the social and cultural life of its human inhabitants. For the last four years he has been investigating how this special environment shaped the existence of the local community. We will soon publish more about Homeland on our website.

Diana Karklin
Emanuele Occhipinti
Hatnim Lee
Ingetje Tadros
Joanna Mrówka
Karim El Maktafi
Zhang Xiaoyu

Alessia Arban
A.M. Ahad
Ana Alexandrescu
Cassandra Klos
Georgios Tatakis
Gulliem Trius
Janusz Sytek
Justin Ma
Marta Iwanek
Marta Rybicka
Mitar Simikic
Raffaele Petralla
Shah Rahul
Sharon Castellanos
Wiktor Kubiak
Yalda Pashai

The workshop with Chien-Chi Chang will be held in Kraków, Poland on 7 – 12 June 2017.

scholarship for Chien-Chi Chang workshop

Win a tuition-free scholarship for Chien-Chi Chang workshop in Krakow, June 2017


© Chien-Chi Chang / Magnum Photos

We’re offering one tuition-free scholarship to attend our upcoming 6-day documentary photography workshop with Chien-Chi Chang in Krakow, Poland, 7-12 June 2017.

The workshop is designed for professionals and serious photography enthusiasts. Its main goal is to give you an opportunity to work in real-life conditions with enough time to complete a thoughtful documentary assignment and therefore gain an in-depth insight into the documentary photography process. During the 6 days in Krakow you will cover a chosen story, combining intensive individual shooting with daily editing and critique sessions with Chien-Chi Chang. You will receive extensive support from the workshopx team, including a local assistant assigned exclusively to you, in order to help you achieve best results. The workshop will also teach selected solutions for using sound and moving images.
Learn more about the workshop.


To take part in the scholarship contest, please submit your work that is a project in progress or recently completed. It can be also a personal story, an essay or a different type of coherent documentary photography series.

Send it by e-mail to: Please include: full name, place of residence, a zip file (or a link to an external source) with 10-20 photographs (1000px wide JPG, sRGB images), project description, and a bio/personal statement. In the e-mail subject or message body please state clearly that this is an application to the scholarship contest.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED: The deadline for submissions was 3 December 2016.

The one winner will be decided by Chien-Chi Chang and announced no later than on 6 December 2016.


The scholarship does not cover the costs of travel, accommodation or on the ground expenses.

The contest is open to all photographers who are over the age of 18 and who agree to all information, requirements and regulations included here and in the main regulations of the workshop.

The applicant agrees that submitted photographs may be used in workshopx’s on-line publications and promotional materials. The photographer retains all copyrights and will be clearly credited.

The scholarship will be valid only when the workshop is fully confirmed to happen.

Alex Masi - Campfire Songs and Kalashnikovs

Alex Masi – Campfire Songs and Kalashnikovs

Photographs by Alex Masi / Story by Michiel Driebergen for Foreign Policy.

The Azov Battalion is a Ukrainian nationalist volunteer regiment that has helped in the fight against pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Its members aren’t just fighters, however — some of them are also parents, whose children, when school isn’t in session, need somewhere to go. The solution? Azov Battalion summer camp.

Tarkan, a lean 13-year-old girl from Kiev, only needed 36 seconds to complete maintenance procedures on her weapon. It’s simple, she later explained: “Remove the magazine and cocking lever; release the gas cylinder. Then you put it back together again.” But she warned, “Be careful — never aim the barrel at a person. Unless you know for sure that you want to shoot.”

For the past two consecutive summers, 50 children between the ages of 8 and 16 have gathered in woodlands near Kiev to train to become elite patriots over the course of 12 days. Many, but not all, are the children of Azov fighters. And under the watch of instructors-cum-counselors like Gold — they all go by pseudonyms and have had combat experience — these children learn how to conduct themselves in combat-like scenarios, how to handle and maintain basic weaponry, and how to love Ukraine.

Read the full article.

Alex Masi is an award-winning photojournalist and one of the leaders of our individual documentary photography workshops. Investigating social and environmental injustice has brought him to many countries all around the world already. Although, his special concern, being also a distinctive mark of his work, remains issues where children rights are or might be violated. During one of his recent reporting trips to Ukraine, Alex teamed up with Dutch journalist Michiel Driebergen to take a closer look at local military camps that prepare children for combat.

Book an individual workshop with Alex Masi in London.

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Maurin Bisig – Trotsky (Patrick Zachmann workshop in Krakow, July 2016)

© Maurin Bisig

Maurin came to join our workshop with Patrick Zachmann in Krakow from Switzerland. For an assignment he picked a story of “Trotsky”, who is a mysterious eccentric known to the external world only by his nickname and his guitar and singing performances at the Krakow’s Main Square. After some investigation, Maurin found out that “Trotsky” is a former commercial TV channel star who at some point of his life decided to undergo a radical change in his lifestyle. He not only moved to a trailer at the city outskirts and gave up all the mainstream society conveniences, but also spent a great effort to eradicate the entire record of his past. He succeeded to such extent that the only thing that remained and connected him to his previous life was an old passport photo he keeps in his wallet…

That week I have learned so much and took so many steps forward that I am still seeing my progress going on. There were so many crucial findings for me. What does it mean to photograph in color? Can you see color? I mean, can you really see it? Do you think you can do good vertical pictures? It’s absolutely more demanding than I thought! Do you have full control over your frame, including the edges? Are you concentrated enough while working at the location? Learning from Patrick Zachmann made me think in a totally new way when I now try to tell a story trough my pictures.

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Connie Tsang – Krakow Jewish Festival (Patrick Zachmann workshop in Krakow, July 2016)

© Connie Tsang

The Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow is already a world-famous event. Every year in the early summer, for ten days, the 24-hour festivities take over Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter of the city. During this time, “30,000 participants from many countries of the entire globe take part in workshops, lectures, discussions, guided tours, and various musical events: from concerts to DJ-parties to jam sessions; 150 artists, instructors and lecturers share their experience with the audience”.

Connie Tsang, who came from Toronto, Canada, went both in front of and behind the scenes of the event to create this story as her assignment during our workshop with Patrick Zachmann in Krakow last July.

My assignment was at the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Kazimierz, where I was tasked to a navigate a loaded schedule and document the general mood and activities of the week. This project was definitely a challenge, given the time and location constraints, the many different subjects involved, and finding decent photographic moments in sometimes not optimal situations. Despite this, I think I managed to get a solid overview of this annual festival without falling into too many stereotypes, improving my own event photography work at home in the process.

Connie attended our workshop before and created a story about the Muslim village of Bangtao in Phuket, Thailand.
More about Connie:

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Christelle Flisch – Armani (Patrick Zachmann workshop in Krakow, July 2016)

© Christelle Flisch

This short story was made by Christelle Flisch during our latest workshop with Patrick Zachmann in Krakow. Christelle decided to follow Tomek, or “Armani” for his friends, who is a very colorful character and a person of many talents from the Kazimierz district. It was a particular workshop assignment and a brave decision both for Christelle and Tomek as they decided to work together despite Armani’s struggle with unexpected life problems. In result, Christelle was granted a rare welcome into her subject’s intimacy and emotions.

I highly recommend the workshop! From the beginning to the end it was very well orchestrated and the whole experience has been very enriching in many aspects. Being interested in story telling, I have been challenged and very well supported during the entire workshop. It has also been a fantastic human experience where I have met wonderful people. Particularly my subject Armani who is a lovely person and I am very thankful as it as not been easy for him to unveil his life and emotions!
Christelle Flish

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Justyna Mielnikiewicz Workshopx Documentary Photography Workshops Photojournalism

Justyna Mielnikiewicz’s passion for humanistic storytelling awarded


© Justyna Mielnikiewicz

We are thrilled to share the news that Justyna Mielnikiewicz, who leads our Tbilisi Unseen workshop, has been awarded the W. E. Smith Memorial Fund’s 2016 grant in humanistic photography for her complex work on the former Soviet Union republics.

The grant is awarded to photographers who show highest commitment, passion and perseverance in documenting human stories and report upon aspects of the contemporary world that are of significant importance, with special attention to those who are working against the fashions and economics of modern publishing.

This year, the award was given to Justyna Mielnikiewicz for A Diverging Frontier: Russia and its Neighbors, an ongoing project that explores the long-term social implications of the former Soviet Empire’s collapse in 1991 and the following shift of borders. In her project proposal to the W. E. Smith grant she wrote:

My project explores borders as ever-changing spheres of influence that overlap physical borders marked on the map. It documents life on the frontier of Europe, and delves into the symbolic meanings and reconstructed historical narratives of these borderlands, which contribute to the formation of national identity and shaping the images of the neighboring countries.

What is the most important, Justyna has been investigating this subject through everyday life and personal stories of individuals. The grant is meant to support the continuation of the project.

Justyna Mielnikiewicz is a self-taught photographer with over 15 years of professional experience ranging from news photography and classic reportage, to long term, in depth personal projects, to designing and publishing her own books. For her outstanding attitude, independence and passion in documenting the social and human issues in the former Soviet republics she has been also previously awarded The Aftermath Project GrantCanon Female Photojournalist Prize and Open Society Documentary Photography Project Production Grant.

Individual workshop with Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Magali Couffon Patrick Zachmann Workshop in Krakow Workshopx Documentary Photography Workshops Photojournalism

Magali Couffon – Convulsia (Patrick Zachmann workshop in Krakow, July 2016)

© Magali Couffon

Magali Couffon, a documentary and street photographer based in Bangalore, India, joined our workshop in Krakow for the second time. In September 2015, under the guidance of photojournalist Alex Masi, she documented the Indian community living in the city. This time, with Magnum photographer Patrick Zachmann, she decided to follow an individual. This is how she met Convulsia Darklove, a pioneer drag artist and one of the most remarkable characters of the Kazimierz city district of Krakow.
More about Magali:

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Lena Mucha – Olga & Martyna (Patrick Zachmann workshop in Krakow, July 2016)

© Lena Mucha

Lena Mucha joined our workshop with Patrick Zachmann as the winner of a scholarship funded by workshopx. As her training assignment she picked documenting life of Olga and Martyna, a couple living in the Kazimierz city district of Krakow. For the six days Lena stayed close with the girls and followed their everyday paths. The result is an intimate portrait of their relationship.
More about Lena:

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Anna Larsson – Portraits (Patrick Zachmann workshop in Krakow, July 2016)

© Anna Larsson

Anna Larsson, a photographer from Sweden, joined the workshop with Patrick Zachmann we held in Krakow in July 2016 in order to push her photographic experience towards documentary photography and telling stories about people. Having a natural gift for black and white photography and photographing places, she made a series of environmental portraits of artists living and working in Kazimierz, the city district our workshop was dedicated to.
More about Anna:

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Francis Harrison – Pub Crawl (Patrick Zachmann workshop in Krakow, July 2016)

© Francis Harrison

Francis Harrison went all the way from Tokyo to Krakow to join our recent workshop with Magnum photographer Patrick Zachmann. For five long evenings and nights he photographed the twilight world of pub crawls or professionally organized drunk tours. Yes, this is what kind of things happen after dusk in Krakow. And thanks to the nice people from the coolest crawl pub operator in town Francis could have the best possible access: the one only an insider can get.

For me the entire process of the workshop was hugely beneficial. Patrick Zachmann taught largely through the prism of his own work which, if you are a shooter in the classical stream of documentary photography, is hugely impressive. Just to be able to spend so much time in his company and receive frank encouragement from him was a huge shot in the arm.

Looking back, and not to minimise Patrick’s wise input and decades of experience at the top, for me the daily editing sessions with the workshopx editors were at the heart of the whole system. I cannot stress enough how important these intense sessions were. No efforts by Grzegorz or Aleksander were spared in trying to improve my project and give it shape and direction. Not for one minute did I get the feeling that they would rather be somewhere else, such was their passion and laser-like focus.

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France Leclerc – Tamara (Krakow Unseen, July 2016)

© France Leclerc

France Leclerc, an American travel photographer interested also in social issues, joined our individual Krakow Unseen workshop in July 2016. While planning her assignment, she decided to explore issues related to women and religion. This is how we met Tamara, an Ukrainian Muslim girl living in Krakow, who kindly agreed to open her door to a then stranger-photographer…

It was a unique (challenging and humbling) learning experience. While you spend half your time making images on your own, the other half is used to select the best images out of the many contenders taken the previous day. For me this was the most educational part of the program. We had lengthy, intense discussions about what makes a good strong meaningful image, particularly in the context of telling a story. I really feel that my skills on that crucial front were substantially upgraded by this workshop.

Our individual workshops are available in London, Bangkok and Tbilisi.

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Callie Eh – Damian (Krakow Unseen, June 2016)

© Callie Eh

When Callie Eh, a beginning photographer from Malaysia, joined us for an individual workshop in Krakow in early June 2016, she got fascinated with local barbershops. They reminded her of home. Just while in her native town it’s a fading industry of old men, she found barbershops in Krakow a booming business fueled by the young and hip. Such contrast triggered her curiosity and impatience to learn more. Investigating the subject further, she met Damian, a skilled and passionate barber, whom she followed for the course of the workshop.

It was a fantastic, unforgettable experience, although an extremely intense one. I learned more than I expected – not only the new skills and the knowledge about documentary photography but especially how to approach people, what for me is the biggest step towards becoming a true documentary photographer.

Our individual workshops are available in London, Bangkok and Tbilisi.

Jadwiga Bronte - Invisible People of Belarus Workshopx Documentary Photography Workshops Photojournalism

Jadwiga Bronte – Invisible People of Belarus

© Jadwiga Brontē

Invisible People of Belarus is a documentary project about disabled people and Chernobyl victims locked up in Internats’,  governmental institutions that house them through their entire lives. Such place is something in between an orphanage, asylum and hospice for people with mental disabilities, Down syndrome, autism, people with physical mutations, deformations, and people with AIDS. 

Belarus, located in the far-flung reaches of Eastern Europe is the last dictatorship on the continent and for some is still considered to be part of Russia. This is a place where the president, Alexander Lukashenko is seen as an unchallenged, fearsome and almost ‘God-like’ figure. Belarusians still fear the KGB and their ever-watchful eye. This is very much a place where ‘Soviet’ mentality is still the norm. When you walk the streets, one could easily mistake themselves as being on a movie set. Everything is extremely clean and organized, the grass is always clean-cut, and the architecture glitzy and reflecting perfectionism. It does make you wonder exactly what may be ‘hiding’ behind this facade.

I have created a photography book to drive awareness and tell the tragic story of the Invisible People of Belarus. This book will provide education and expose secret lives of disabled people and Chernobyl victims locked up in the governmental institutions in Belarus.

It will be written in two languages; Russian and English. It is important for me that it will be available for viewers who live in post-soviet countries, where issue with disablism is high. ‘Disablism: discriminatory, oppressive or abusive behavior arising from the belief that disabled people are inferior to others.’

The book will combines my photography with writing by Nobel Prize in Literature Winner Svetlana Alexievich, who is an investigative journalist from Belarus. Svetlana knows my project and is happy for me to use her writing.

This project aims to indirectly expose the on-going problems with human rights violations; poor health care and free labour, which very often come with lack of money and knowledge. You can support it at kickstarter campaign.

Jadwiga Brontē – Is a Polish photojournalist, documentary photographer and videographer, covering social and cultural issues around the world. Her work is a relationship between human identity, otherness and visual representation, all with traces of politics and humanity. Jadwiga lives and works in London where she gained her BA and MA degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography.