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Patrick Zachmann in Lisbon - Workshopx Documentary Photography Workshops Photojournalism

Patrick Zachmann in Lisbon

Patrick Zachmann in Lisbon - Workshopx Documentary Photography Workshops Photojournalism

Documentary photography workshop with Patrick Zachmann in Lisbon


Enhance your technique and learn how to make a quality visual reportage.

Photography is about identity. Therefore finding the right distance between the subject and the photographer is essential. It’s learning how to look at the reality not through the camera but through your eyes, your heart and your emotions. Patrick Zachmann

This theory and practice course is designed to lead you in a condensed and well structured way through the documentary photography and visual reportage process. With the direct guidance from Patrick Zachmann and additional assistance from a Workshopx editor, you will learn what makes a photograph well seen and a visual story successful; from researching your subject, through shooting, to editing and publishing your work.

During the workshop you will shoot your assigned subject, attend a series of lectures, presentations and discussions, and, very importantly, spend time on editing and sequencing your photographs during individual and group sessions in order to produce a final story.


Place: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: 5-8 April 2018
Number of participants: 6 – 10
Tuition: 1250 EUR
Applications closed



A photographer since 1976 and member of Magnum Photos since 1990, Patrick Zachmann has dedicated himself to long-term reportages that bring to light the complex identities and cultures of social groups and communities in various countries.
He has published a vast number of iconic photography books and has been awarded with prestigious awards, like the Prix Niepce and the Nadar Award. His work has been exhibited in the most important museums and galleries around the world.
For more information, see Patrick’s Magnum Photos profile.

Patrick’s message:

“Photography means being often alone. During the shooting as well as during the editing process or the post-production. A workshop is a way to learn from a professional who got the knowledge, experience and the desire of teaching and transmitting his passion to others.

But it’s also a way of breaking the loneliness of the artist by being part of a group during a couple of very intense days (and sometimes nights). I noticed that generally, my participants will create a network among them after the workshop to keep in touch and carry on sharing their work.

I believe that the group is made around the master’s personality and consequently create invisible ties between the participants. That’s part of the beauty of running workshops. I should add it has also something to do of course with who is organising it. In this case, I can say that doing a workshop with Aleksander and Greg from WorkshopX is a real pleasure each time. 

You’ll be there – in the great city of Lisboa – to learn, to improve and give the best of yourself but we’ll have some fun as well. Because the drive of taking pictures is about the necessity of understanding the world and oneself, often by investigating our own obsessions and letting us being attracted by our fantasy and secrete desires. It’s a personal and collective visual journey.”


Photography is a question of choices like in any art. You have to choose first of all the right subject, the right distance, decide what to select in the reality, find the good light, choose your composition and of course your “decisive moment”. At the end, the editing process will be another decisive choice. Patrick Zachmann

The first day of the workshop will be dedicated to presenting Patrick Zachmann’s own work and working methods, reviewing your portfolios and defining your shooting assignments for the following days.

During the days 2 and 3 you will combine shooting in the city with attending individual editing sessions, group discussions and further presentations and lectures. A Workshopx editor will be available for pre-editing sessions to help you prepare for the meetings with Patrick Zachmann and maximize the time spent with him.

You are expected to research your own photographic subject in Lisbon (e.g. with help form your local friends) in advance of the workshop. This should be a short story that is accessible, appropriate to your skills and exciting for you. Some help with directions and local contacts may be provided if needed, but you’re expected to fully engage in preparing for and shooting your subject.

The last day of the workshop will be spent on individual and collective editing sessions, during which your photographic reportage will gain its final shape – the images sequence, the story title, photo captions, a frame for additional text description and publication tips.

You should arrive with working knowledge of your equipment and ready to shoot. The workshop is limited to digital cameras – during the critique and photo editing sessions we will use electronic equipment only. Having your own laptop is required. You should be able to download, select and export the images to a portable device on your own.

The workshop will be conducted in English.


Application is made by e-mail: In the message subject please state “Patrick Zachmann workshop”.

Please include: your name, place of residence and a link to your personal website (body of work). If you don’t have a website, please attach a zip file with 10-20 photographs, a bio and a personal statement saying why you’d like to join the workshop.

By applying you agree to the workshop regulations.

Workshopx specializes in individual and group documentary photography workshops organized worldwide. Our goal is to provide students with the skills and knowledge essential in becoming successful visual storytellers. See what students and tutors say about our workshops.