Professional Practice

When: 6-7 June 2014
Where: Art_Inkubator, 3 Tymienieckiego Street, Łódź, Poland

Breaking into the creative industries is tougher than ever before. That’s why Magnum Photos have created an incredible training opportunity for photographers, providing a rare and valuable insight into the business of photography.

Conceived as a response to the constantly changing nature of the market, Professional Practice is a two-day masterclass hosted by renowned international agency Magnum Photos. With access to key professionals working in editorial, commercial, cultural and publishing industries, Magnum is well placed to advise the next generation of photographers.

Aimed at emerging practitioners, it provides photographers with an opportunity to identify realistic employment routes and network with the UKs leading photography professionals. Through a diverse series of lectures presented by leading our experts, Professional Practice engages a wide variety of sectors and demystifies the inner workings of obtaining commissions, organising exhibitions, finding an agent and publishing work.

A second day focusing on Portfolio Reviews provides photographers with an honest and constructive critique of their work from our industry specialists. In their professional capacities, our experts routinely work with photographers; commissioning, selecting, editing and purchasing images and are perfectly placed to provide impartial feedback about your work. Reviews will be conducted in small groups to encourage confidence building and peer to peer engagement.

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

List of Magnum Professional Pracitce participants:
1.    Tomek Deko
2.    Gerard Collett
3.    Barbara Dubus
4.    Jan Bartenbach
5.    Wawrzyniec Kolbusz
6.    Bartosz Lasota
7.    Jakub Boski
8.    Lukas Linder
9.    Patryk Karbowski
10.    Sonia Hamza
11.    Jerzy Bucki
12.    Karim Shokair
13.    Artur Urbanski
14.    Leszek Gorski
15.    Stephanie van de Velde
16.    Joanna Bos
17.    Olga Swiatecka
18.    Sissel Annett
19.    Tamsin Green
20.    Marta Wapiennik
21.    Aino-Reetta Väänänen
22.    Mitran Kaul
23.    Tariq Zaidi
24.    Anna Krukowska
25.    Marek Lapis
26.    Janusz Sytek
27.    Magdalena Borowiec
28.    Zaza Bertrand

Louise Clements – Artistic Director, QUAD & FORMAT International Photography Festival, UK
Louise Clements is Artistic Director of QUAD a centre for contemporary art and film, as well as being the Co-Founder and Artistic Director/Curator of FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby since 2004. As a curator, since 1998 she has initiated and curated many commissions, publications, mass participation art, film and photography programmes and exhibitions. Louise has recently been awarded the Milapfest fellowship 2013 and the Blow-up Fellowship India 2012. She was Guest Curator at Kaunas Photofestival, Lithuania Duel/Duet 2010; Habitat Centre and Haus Khas BlowUp, in Deli, India; Dong Gang international Photography Festival South Korea, UK Photography Now : the Constructed View, 2013; Dali International Photography Festival, China, Life Is Elsewhere 2013; Noorderlicht 20/20 2013.Louise regularly writes about photography for catalogues and international photography magazines in both print and online media. Co-editor of Hijacked III UK/AUS, PHOTOCINEMA, and is Editor at Large for  She is an international photography Juror and nominator, and portfolio reviewer at festivals and galleries extensively throughout Europe, America and across Asia,,

Tristan Lund – Director & Art Consultant
Tristan Lund is an art consultant specialising in photography. He is also curator of The Babington Collection, a UK based private collection focused on politically engaged documentary photography and photojournalism. It is driven by a passion for striking imagery and a belief in photography’s ability to affect change. Works in the collection date from the early 20th century to 2014. Tristan was previously Director of Michael Hoppen Contemporary, one of London’s largest commercial art galleries specialising in photography. He managed established artists and estates as well as young practitioners at the start of their career, curated their exhibitions and sold their work at the gallery and internationally at art fairs. Tristan has a specific interest in photography by Japanese artists,

Stuart Smith – Designer & Co-Founder – GOST books 
SMITH has a wealth of design experience in print, media, identity and advertising for corporate brochures, annual reports, limited edition books, publishing, monographs and exhibition catalogues. All aspects of design and production are covered, from conception to completion, to achieve a refined article of exceptional quality that will enhance the profile of any company or individual. SMITH is highly regarded in the cultural world for the innovation, clarity and exceptional production quality of its work. Stuart Smith has been designing since 1987, specialising in typography whilst gaining an excellent reputation for his distinctive book designs. Stuart started at the Architectural Association and then moved to Phaidon Press, before going on to establish SMITH in 1994. Smith is the co-founder of a new publishing venture, GOST, in partnership with Gordon MacDonald. You can find more information regarding Stuart’s design and publishing background at and

Tim Paton – Advertising & Commercial Manager, Magnum Photos
Tim Paton is currently employed at Magnum Photos, responsible for generating commercial opportunities for the agency’s photographic membership. Tim has spent his whole career in the photography business. He started out as a photographer himself working for the legendary music Magazine the NME. He then went on to set up his own commercial photo agency called Balcony Jump, which quickly became established as one of the best agencies in London. With Balcony Jump, Tim has worked with many of the worldwide leading brands including Nike, Gucci, Guess, Ford, Volvo and IBM. He has helped nuture the careers of many well established photographers and produced both large and small shoots all over the world.