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July 30, 2014
Image courtesy of Denise Myers

Breaking into the creative industries is tougher than ever before. That’s why we’ve partnered with creative youth charity IdeasTap, to give 20 emerging photographers an incredible training opportunity.

Aimed at photographers at the start of their careers, Magnum’s Professional Practice event is a two-day masterclass hosted at mac birmingham, organised as part of IdeasTap Inspires. The weekend will involve a number of high-profile photography experts who will discuss the practical business of photography and pass on their invaluable industry knowledge.

Topics covered may include the commercial print sale market, advertising shoots, commissioning for NGOs, image licensing, publishing photographic books, the modern editorial market, funding, and organising exhibitions.

Day two will provide photographers with an opportunity to receive a candid and honest critique of their portfolios by Magnum’s industry specialists.

The weekend is a unique opportunity to begin establishing a network, including both their peers and useful industry contacts, and to identify realistic routes into employment.

The judges are looking for IdeasTap members with:

A commitment to developing your photographic career

A strong portfolio of work, to be reviewed by Magnum staff

Speakers include:
Harry Hardie – founder of Here Press and senior lecturer in Photography at Westminster University

Harry has been working in photography for over 10 years, starting as the assistant to the director of photography at The Times, then as the photo editor for The Times Luxx Magazine. After The Times, Harry worked as director of HOST Gallery, London before founding Here Press, a company that publishes books of photography that explore new forms of documentary practice. Harry is also director of cultural projects for Panos Pictures and has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary photography.

Emma Bowkett – picture editor, Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine

Emma Bowkett is photo editor of the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine. Prior to this she worked as first assistant to a commercial London photographer. Emma is also a visiting lecturer, and regularly participates at international portfolio reviews, awards, and festivals. Emma has an MA in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths University.

Fiona Rogers – Cultural and Education Manager, Magnum Photos

Fiona studied at Surrey Institute of Art & Design, beginning her career in photography at a London gallery in 2004. She moved to Magnum Photos in 2005 and in 2006 originated Magnum’s educational activities, creating and international program of workshops and professional development events. Fiona also oversees Magnum’s global exhibitions, as well as the representation of its photographers in the commercial print sale market. Fiona is also the founder of Firecracker, an online platform showcasing female photographers.

Eleanor Farmer, Commissioning Editor, Oxfam

Eleanor is responsible for devising and leading creative film and photography assignments to engage audiences with Oxfam's international emergency and development work. She holds an MA in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster.

This masterclass is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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