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Visual Storytelling with Emin Özmen
January 24, 2018
Improve your narrative skills with Magnum in Paris

“ For me, there is something more important than good or bad photography. It’s about the quality of your character, it’s about your soul. I believe photography follows this and is already a reflection of who you are.” - Emin Özmen

Improve your visual storytelling skills with Magnum Photos nominee Emin Özmen and his longterm collaborator Cloe Kerhoas, picture editor at Le Journal, in the Magnum Photos Paris office.

During this unique three-day multimedia workshop a small group of up to 20 students will work in close collaboration with this award-winning duo. Places will be allocated based on the quality of submitted portfolios and participants will have to bring their own computer with editing softwares.

On the first evening Emin will take students through his creative process and critically examine his storytelling approach: from shooting to post production, using photography, video and sound, editing, working with text and finally publishing.

The second day with focus on the participants’ work and explore new perspectives on photojournalism and social documentary. its aim is to examine how one can push a personal project further than classic visual narration.

Each participant will benefit from in-depth reviews and learn from each other through vivid group discussions about current projects, goals and strategies for professional development.

The workshop will be held in English.

Hours of the workshop are as follows:

Friday March 23th, 2018
6pm - 8:30pm

Saturday March 24th, 2018
9:30am - 5pm

Sunday March 25th, 2018
9:30am - 9pm


480€ + VAT where applicable - Early bird special until February 20th 2018

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Emin Özmen studied photography in the Fine Arts Faculty at Marmara University of Istanbul and in Linz (Austria).
In 2011, he worked on famine in East Africa, Tohoku Earthquake in Japan and economic protests in Greece. The following year, he started covering the Syrian civil war and ISIS crises in Iraq, which he continues to document. He covered Mosul operations in 2016.

Emin covers international news but also develops documentary photography projects. Among them "Limbo ", one of his long term work. It tells the story of populations uprooted by the spiral of conflicts. In 2013, he started to document the complex situation of Kurds in Turkey. He is also focusing on Turkey’s current issues.

His work has been published by TIME, New York Times, Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Le Monde magazine M, Paris Match, Newsweek, among others.

Selection of awards:

Two World Press Photo awards (“Spot News, second prize singles” in 2013 and “Multimedia Long Feature, first prize” in 2014 for my video-documentary “Witnessing Gezi”)
“Public Prize” of The Bayeux Calvados awards for war correspondents in 2014.
2015 Magnum Photos Fund to complete the long-term project about the refugee crisis (Limbo).

In 2016, he was member of the jury of 2016 World Press Photo Multimedia contest (long form category). In 2018 he is part of World Press Photo Multimedia contest’s jury (short form category).

Emin became a Magnum nominee in 2017. He currently lives in Istanbul

Cloé Kerhoas is the main Coordinator & Photo editor of "Agence Le Journal", and a freelance curator. She curated several shows for the Agency and collaborated with Le Monde Magazine, Time, Der Spiegel, The British Journal of Photography, L'Obs, Courrier International, Newsweek, Liberation, CNN, Al Jazeera among others.

Founded by Emin Özmen in 2013, Le Journal is a photojournalism independent agency that embraced cross-disciplinary mediums to cover with a strong commitment the struggles of human rights and world conflicts.
Cloé currently lives in Istanbul and works closely with Emin Özmen.

Fees and Policies

– You will be asked to submit a €100 application fee that will be credited towards your full tuition if you are accepted to the masterclass. If you are not accepted, your €100 fee will be returned minus a 5% processing charge.
– Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel this event with less than 6 participants. Students will be given a full refund. In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least 1 week advance notice.
– Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.
– For International applicants, Magnum Photos is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is cancelled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable tickets and/or travel insurance.
– Refunds to applicants who wish to cancel their place on the workshop can only be given up to 14 days in advance of the date of the workshop. After this point, refunds cannot be issued