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Personal Project: Beyond the Medium
Nov 23 - Nov 24 2019
Royal Photographic Society
Bristol, BS4 3AR
Join Magnum nominee Sim Chi Yin for a workshop in Bristol exploring how to develop your photographic project beyond the still image.
for a two-day workshop offering the latest thinking on contemporary photographic practice.
During these intense two days, you will hear lectures from photographers, curators and art directors explaining why and how they incorporate other mediums in their projects. You will hear the latest thinking on pushing the medium outside of the traditional boundaries, and explore what platforms can be used for your project (digital, the book form, performative reading, filmic and sound installations, etc). You will also receive advice and insights on how to apply for funding and finance your personal projects.
The first day is organised around the following lectures:
Sim Chi Yin, Magnum nominee, will talk about her project “Fallout”, a combination of video and diptychs which pair nuclear-related landscapes from the North Korea-China border and the United States.
Aaron Schuman, photographer, writer and curator, will discuss his numerous collaboration with photographers as a curator.
Nicola Shipley of GRAIN, will give an overview of funding possibilities and practical advice for emerging photographers.
Alejandro Acin, art director and book designer, will discuss the various outputs a project can take, such as publishing on digital platforms or photo books.
On the second day of the workshop, each participant will get their portfolio reviewed in a group settings by two of the speakers.
This workshop is developed by Magnum Photos in partnership with The Royal Photographic Society.
This workshop offers:
• Practical advice and lectures from artists and industry speakers about their specific area of expertise
• Group portfolio reviews including advice on work and professional development
• Peer, Magnum Staff and Industry Expert networking opportunities
Where & When
The Royal Photographic Society
23th – 24th November, 9.30am to 5pm
The workshop will be held in English
Early bird tickets: £270 (incl. VAT) until 22 September 2019
Regular tickets: £320 (incl. VAT) from 22 September 2019
Terms and Conditions apply.
See the bottom of this page for more details.
Selection and Requirements
Each workshop is open to 36 applicants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
to register for this workshop.
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Sim Chi Yin (b. 1978) is a photographer and artist from Singapore, currently based in London and Beijing. Her practice integrates multiple mediums including photography, film, sound, text, archival material and performative readings. Combining rigorous research with intimate storytelling, Sim’s works often explore issues relating to history, memory, conflict and migration, and their consequences.
Sim was commissioned as the Nobel Peace Prize photographer in 2017 and created a solo show for the Nobel Peace Centre museum in Oslo on nuclear landscapes, using video installation and still photography. She presented a solo show One Day We’ll Understand at Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong in 2019, and another solo, Most People Were Silent, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore in 2018 and has also exhibited in the Istanbul Biennale (2017), the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in South Korea, among other international institutions. She has been twice nominated for the Prix Pictet, and won the Chris Hondros Award in 2018. Her video installation Most People Were Silent was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019.
She joined Magnum Photos as a nominee member in 2018 and is currently also a doctoral researcher on scholarship at King’s College London.
Nicola Shipley works as a Producer, Curator, Project Manager, Mentor and Consultant, specialising in photography. She is Director of GRAIN Projects, based in Birmingham UK, delivering a range of projects, commissions and exhibitions in collaboration with photographers. She trained as an art historian, has an MA in History of Art, and a background in the visual arts, including in commissioning, exhibitions, collections, public art, artists education and professional development.
In her current role she leads on commissioning new work, curating exhibitions, developing artist’s and photographer’s training, development and networking opportunities, organising talks and symposia and developing new audiences.
Nicola has also worked with a range of arts and photography organisations and festivals including Format International Photography Festival, Brighton Photo Biennial, Magnum Photos, Arts Council England, Library of Birmingham, Creative People and Places, Contemporary Visual Arts Network, mac, Redeye Photography Network, The Photography Socially Engaged Practice Network and other organisations including archives, libraries, museums and universities.
Alejandro Acin is a visual artist, art director and designer based in the United Kingdom. After working for more than four years in an archival institution, he uses his personal practice to investigate contemporary uses of visual archives. Through the construction, contestation and obliteration of archival material his work respond to theoretical debates that surround the construction of collective memory and its relation with capitalism. To expand the understanding of self-publishing he uses photography, film, collaborative strategies, performative actions, publications and digital platforms to convey its ideas.
Acín is also founder director of IC Visual Lab, an artist-led organization based in Bristol (UK) that produces and supports contemporary photography across audiences. In 2016, he founded ICVL Studio where he collaborates with other artists and organizations as a designer and art director in printed and digital publishing projects.
He is currently associated lecture in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales & photography at Coventry University delivering modules on photobooks, collaborative projects and digital photo media.
Aaron Schuman is an American photographer, writer and curator based in the United Kingdom. His photographic work is exhibited and published internationally, and is held in many public and private collections. Schuman is the author of two monographs – SLANT, recently published by MACK in May 2019, and FOLK (NB Books, 2016), which was listed as one of 2016’s “Best Photobooks” by Alec Soth (PhotoEye), Sean O'Hagan (The Guardian) and Jason Fulford (TIME), and was long-listed for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2017. He has also contributed essays and texts to many books, including Aperture Conversations: 1985 to the Present (Aperture, 2019), Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (Prestel, 2018), Alec Soth: Gathered Leaves (MACK, 2015), The Photographer’s Playbook (Aperture, 2014) and regularly writes for various photo- and arts-related magazines and journals. Additionally, Schuman has curated several major exhibitions, including Indivisible: New American Documents: Gregory Halpern, Sam Contis, Bayete Ross Smith (FOMU, 2016), In Appropriation: Michael Wolf, Esther Teichmann, Seba Kurtis, Melinda Gibson, Broomberg & Chanarin (HCP, 2012), Other I: Alec Soth, WassinkLundgren, Viviane Sassen (Hotshoe London, 2011), and Whatever Was?Splendid: New American Photographs (FotoFest, 2010). In 2014, Schuman served as Chief Curator? of Krakow Photomonth - entitled Re:Search, the programme featured major exhibitions by Taryn Simon, Trevor Paglen, David Campany / Walker Evans, Clare Strand, Eyal Weizman / Forensic Architecture, Jason Fulford and more. In 2018, Schuman served as Curator of Jaipur Photo Festival 2018 - entitled Homeward Bound, the exhibition programme featured Salvatore Vitale, Tereza Zelenkova, Arko Datto, John Maclean, Regina Petersen, Soham Gupta, Terje Abusdal and others. Schuman was also the founder and editor of SeeSaw Magazine, and is Programme Leader of MA Photography at UWE Bristol.
Terms and Conditions
• All fees must be paid on application
• Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 25 participants. Students will be given a full refund. In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least 2 weeks 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 21 days in advance of the date of the workshop. After this point, refunds cannot be issued