March 20 Scholarship application deadline for Magnum Workshops held during CONTACT Festival in Toronto, May 4-9th

News of an upcoming workshop with Magnum photographers to be held during the CONTACT festival taking place the month of May in Toronto. 

Note that five scholarships for Canadian Photographers are being offered; deadline details follow.

From the Magnum events website:

The Festival:
CONTACT is an annual month long festival of photography which takes place at over 200 venues across the Greater Toronto Area from May 1 – 31. As the largest photography festival in the world, CONTACT has become a premiere cultural event in Toronto with a broad range of international programming. This includes exhibitions, public installations, films, lectures, seminars and workshops. CONTACT participants, whether acclaimed international artists or local emerging photographers, exhibit in a variety of venues, from major public museums to private galleries and many alternative spaces including subway stations, street billboards and the Toronto International Airport.

The Workshop:
During the Magnum Workshop Toronto at Contact, students will participate in an intimate 5 day shooting workshop with their choice of one of six Magnum Photographers: Bruno Barbey, Chien-Chi Chang, David Alan Harvey, Alex Majoli, Peter Marlow and Mark Power. In addition to the dynamic within each workshop, there will also be ample informal time for cross-pollination of viewpoints and commentary with the other teachers as well as the other students.

Participants will produce individual projects under the same constraints as a professional assignment, but with daily review and editing sessions within their groups. Focusing on story formation, visual literacy, and personal vision, these intimate, intensive masterclasses form the center of the Magnum Workshop Toronto. Prior to the workshop, each accepted applicant will be sent specific directives from their selected workshop leader.

Participants in the workshops also get a pass for the week-long photographic lecture series which is being held each evening at The Drake Hotel, which is in close proximity to where the workshops are held. These evenings will focus on presentations of the workshop leader’s personal work and informal question and answer sessions.

The Requirements:

The Magnum Workshop Toronto is aimed at photographers who are dedicated to pushing their own personal photographic boundaries.

This includes both professional and amateur photographers, but requires participants to arrive ready to work and to take their photography to a new level. This is not a workshop designed for beginning photographers, and students are required to submit samples of their work for review before being accepted. The first deadline for acceptance is March 30th, and qualified applicants will be selected through a combination of the merit of their work and their personal statement, and the order of their application’s receipt. All applications received after April 10th will be reviewed, space permitting. Due to the fast pace of the week, participants are expected to arrive prepared to produce and edit their projects digitally. Students must bring their own digital cameras. For those students who would like to shoot film, they may do so but must have all film developed at their own cost and on the required deadlines.
Hasselblad Post-production tools and digital capture
Participants in the Magnum workshop will be provided with access to the latest Hasselblad X5 virtual drum scanner for capturing a wide range of film medias. In addition, the H3DII-39 megapixel DSLR digital capture system & a range of lenses will be on hand for participants to use throughout the workshop. It is highly recommended that participants bring their personal laptop. The necessary software tools will be provided thanks to the generous support of Hasselblad.

Tuition: $1250 USD (does not include travel, accommodations or on the ground expenses) All fees must be paid within 5 business days of acceptance or you will forfeit your space. Refund policies will be emailed with acceptance emails.

The Scotiabank Scholarship:
Scotiabank is proud to partner with two esteemed agencies, the CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival and Magnum Photos, supporting the advancement of photography. Scotiabank is happy to enrich the Toronto experience through support of innovative artists and creative communities. They are committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad.

Scotiabank will be financing five scholarships for Canadian photography students to attend the Magnum Workshop Toronto at CONTACT.
Application Guidelines: The Scotiabank Scholarships are intended for photography students enrolled in an educational institution within Canada or abroad. Qualified applicants will be selected through a combination of the merit of their work and their personal statement and chosen by a Magnum jury.
Application Requirements:
Curriculum Vitae
Proof of Canadian Citizenship
Artist Statement
1 Letter of Reference (Such as Professor or Photographic Mentor, sealed)
10 low resolution images (from 1 or 2 bodies of work, clearly labeled and on a CD or DVD)
Proof of registration at an educational institution via current semester’s course registration.
(Student ID’s will not be sufficient)

All applications for the Scotiabank Scholorship must be postmarked by March 20th, 2009 and be mailed in their entirety to
Magnum Photos Inc.
Attn: Song Chong
151 West 25th Street, Floor 5.
NY, NY 10001

Please do not call the Magnum office as phone calls will not be accepted.
Applying for this scholarship does not guarantee a space in the workshop. If you plan on applying for the workshop regardless of the scholarship, please apply using the link below.
For more information, please email

Accomodations: Magnum will provide a list of lodging options upon request. All participants will receive a full welcome package before arrival including logistical details on the ground.



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