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Open call: MAGNUM Photos Workshop 2023

UE is proud to continue the collaboration with MAGNUM Photos in May

The photographer

The self-taught photographer, Newsha Tavakolian, began working professionally for the Iranian press at the age of 16, at the Women’s Daily Zan. At 18, she was the youngest photographer to cover the 1999 student uprising. A year later, she moved to the New York agency Polaris Images.

Newsha Tavakolian is known for her cut-through reportages on the wars in Iraq and social issues in her home country Iran. With clarity and sensitivity, she has photographed guerrilla fighters in Iraqi Kurdistan, Syria, and Colombia, banned Iranian singers and the lives of people living under sanctions. Over the years, her practice has changed from photojournalism to photography as an art form.

She was nominated for Magnum in 2015 and became an Associate in 2017.

© Newsha Tavakolian / Magnum Photos

Newsha Tavakolian was born in 1981 in Iran, and is currently living in Tehran.


Interested students submit a portfolio and a letter of motivation. 12 students will be selected by a jury consisting of Professor Nina Röder and Professor Michael Danner.

Who is eligible to participate?

Enrolled UE students and UE alumni of our BA and MA Photography degrees from Berlin and Hamburg. The 2-day workshop will take place on 3rd – 4th May 2023 at our campus in Hamburg. The workshop will be held in English. 

Open Call

Submit the following as one PDF document in the designated MS Teams folder „MAGNUM2023“ by 14 April 2023. Alumni without access to MS Teams send their application to 

  • 1 or 2 related photo series, each series max. 10 images with a title and a short description 
  • A short motivation letter, max. 1,000 characters, explaining why you are interested in the workshops at MAGNUM and what you hope to gain from the experience 

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