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Magnum Professional Practice seminar: 13-14th April
March 14, 2013
by Peter Marlow
Conceived as a response to the constantly changing nature of the photography market, Magnum’s Professional Practice seminars deliver guidance for photographers on the practical business of photography.

Our seminars allow photographers to extend their professional networks with an emphasis on industry contacts. Professional Practice helps to identify realistic entry routes into employment and paid opportunities, from a wide variety of sectors including advertising & corporate, editorial, gallery, NGO, museum, publishing and rights management. In their professional capacities, our roster of high profile speakers routinely work with photographers; commissioning, selecting, editing and purchasing images for a range of purposes.

Magnum’s Professional Practice events fill a widening gap between academic learning and the professional world, offering unparalleled vocational knowledge often unassociated with the traditional teaching. This event is aimed a wide range of photographers at different stages of their careers: emerging photographers who require practical, vocational training, semi-professional photographers wishing to make a full-time commitment and professional photographers working in a particular discourse but wanting to explore other avenues. It is also a unique opportunity for non-photographers interested in working within the arts to receive an overview of the wide variety of jobs available in the visual industry; from picture researchers, editors, art buyers and gallerists.

Each of Magnum’s Professional Practice seminars is tailored to deliver the best impartial advice and provide networking opportunities to meet with key decision makers. Places on Magnum’s Professional Practice course are limited and successful candidates will be chosen on the perceived benefit to the applicant's career.

This event is hosted in partnership with the University of Wales at the Newport Campus. Magnum Photos & University of Wales has a long-standing relationship beginning in 1973 when David Hurn created the first Diploma in Documentary Photography. 40 years on, University of Wales is still considered to be the most prestigious place to study documentary photography.

Want to know what happens on Professional Practice? Read previous participants testimonials and interviews with our industry speakers here.

Tuition fees: £150 (+VAT) includes lunch & refreshments. Excludes transport & accommodation

Through the generous support of Magnum’s educational partners, 10 bursary places are available for photographers aged 16-25 years for the subsided rate of £50 (+VAT)
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Confirmed speakers

Sophie Batterbury - Picture Editor, The Independent on Sunday,
Sophie Batterbury is responsible for all sections apart from The New Review magazine. Her career in photojournalism began in The Independent darkroom in 1989, where a keen interest in photography became the passion that it is today. Since then she has had various roles across both Independent titles either side of a short stint at a celebrity agency. She is a contributing editor of ei8ht magazine.

The world of editorial photography has never been straightforward but with these days it’s even harder to negotiate. Sophie will demonstrate how the editing process works within a news room and give some ideas on how to present your work get the attention of busy picture editors.

Emily Graham – Picture Editor, WaterAid
Emily Graham is the Picture Editor at international NGO WaterAid, where she commissions shoots across Africa and Asia and creates and curates creative projects and collaborations.

She is also the co-founder and director of the photography project, Contact Editions, an online gallery selling affordable edition prints of emerging artists' work. Contact is dedicated to showing new photography from both emerging and more established artists, both in the gallery and on its popular blog.

Emily will present an introduction to the commissioning process for NGOs/charities; how to get your work in front of decision makers, what she looks for, fee structures, licensing, editing and tips for successful delivery of a project.

Harry Hardie – Founder & Director, HERE
Harry has been working with photography for 10 years, starting as the Assistant to the Director of Photography at The Times, London, then as the Photo Editor for The Times Luxx Magazine. After The Times Harry worked as director of HOST Gallery, London, before founding Here and Here Press, a company that publishes, exhibits, teaches, and supports photography, Here Press publishes photobooks that explore new forms of documentary photography. Harry is also a lecturer in photography at University College Falmouth, and has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary photography.

Harry will offer advice on how working photographers keep their work on the radar of industry professionals, and how photographers can benefit from marketing strategies such as books and exhibitions

Joni Karanka – Co-Founder - Third Floor Gallery
Joni Karanka founded Third Floor Gallery in 2010 with fellow photographer Maciej Dakowicz. Since then, the gallery has established a track record of exhibiting excellent international photography with limited resources.

Joni’s lecture is driven by two main goals. First, how to exhibit your work, from approaching organisations (and getting rejected) to ways different to the usual to fund exhibitions and venues. Not all exhibitions have to be expensive to have an impact, and not always you need to pay for your prints either. Second, the positives of getting your work rejected. Often it may seem like the end of the road that a project doesn't get exhibited, but it can also be just the beginning of a relationship with curators and editors. This is also a great opportunity to discuss why some projects have not been exhibited at Third Floor (as of yet at least).

Peter Marlow – Magnum photographer
Although gifted in the language of photojournalism, Peter Marlow is not a photojournalist. He was initially, however, one of the most enterprising and successful young British news photographers, and in 1976 joined the Sygma agency in Paris. He soon found that he lacked the necessary appetite for the job while on assignment in Lebanon and Northern Ireland during the late 1970s; he discovered that the stereotype of the concerned photojournalist disguised the disheartening reality of dog-eat-dog competition between photographers hunting fame at all costs. Since those days, Marlow's aesthetic has shifted - in that he makes mainly color photographs - but his approach is unchanged. The color of incidental things became central to his pictures in the same way that the shape and mark of things had been central to his black-and-white work.
Marlow has come full circle. He started his career as an international photojournalist, returned to Britain to examine his own experience, and discovered a new visual poetry that enabled him to understand his homeland. Having found this poetry, he has taken it back on the road: he now photographs as much in Japan, the USA and elsewhere in Europe as he does in the UK. and

Peter will deliver an inspirational talk, discussing his extensive photographic career which spans both commercial and artistic disciplines, over a period of 40 years.

Stewart Mungeam – Sales Director, Gallery Stock
Stewart studied at Nottingham Trent University, he cut his teeth in the photography world as an agent at Bill Charles London. From there he moved on to open Gallery Stock London in 2006, he operatings a team both in London and New York, with some 25 agents working globally to promote and distribute the Gallery Stock Brand.

The world of stock photography can be daunting, with the complex licensing models that exist and the abundance of libraries and their homogeneous content. Stewart will discuss the options available to you, the difference between the different licensing models, pricing, art + commissions and stock photographer and how these aspect of your working life affect each other.

Fiona Rogers – Cultural & 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.

Negotiating the art market can be tricky, particularly for emerging photographers trying to understand the complexities of this relatively new industry. Fiona will deliver a practical and informative lecture introducing photography within the fine art market, including different types of client, understanding sales language, editioning structures, means of presentation and advice on how to apply this to your own practice.

Hannah Watson – Director, Trolley Books & TJ Boulting
Trolley Books are known for predominantly reportage photography and titles, often focusing on underexposed issues, from conflicts to unique stories in photojournalism and contemporary art. Trolley has produced numerous respected and important books by photographers and artists, among them Philip Jones Griffiths's "Agent Orange -Collateral Damage in Viet Nam", Paolo Pellegrin's "Double Blind" on the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, Stanley Greene's "Open Wound" on nine years of war in Chechnya, and Jan Grarup's book on the ongoing crisis in Darfur. In 2005 Trolley Books received a special commendation from the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards for its outstanding contribution to photography book publishing. According to the awarding body, "Trolley presented (an) exceptional and extraordinary group of books exploring a range of difficult subject matter. Trolley’s beautifully designed and produced books have a real sense of conv iction and purpose that sets them apart.

Hannah’s presentation will cover all areas of book production including financial considerations, logistics, creative processes, including opportunities for emerging photographers.

More information
Magnum Professional Practice: What to expect
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