Magnum Photos and the BECA Before Creating Academy are pleased to announce an exciting workshop with Olivia Arthur in Sofia, Bulgaria between 3-5 November, 2023. This immersive and intimate group setting workshop invites applications from photographers seeking to enhance their personal projects.

Join Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur for a three-day workshop focused on documentary photography and the development of personal long-term projects.

Structured as intensive sessions of lectures, editing and sequencing exercises, and group portfolio reviews, this workshop will offer strategies on how to present your work and enable participants to set individual project objectives. Whether your aim is to continue shooting, publish your project in a book or exhibit, this workshop will offer a round table discussion on the contemporary editorial environment, contextualising and shaping the vision of each photographer involved.

This workshop is open to 12 participants and is suitable for photographers with a substantial body of work seeking guidance in the final stages of their projects, as well as photographers embarking on new projects and in the research stage. Each participant will have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the editing process for long-term projects and selecting the optimal format for their presentation.

This workshop offers: 

  • Group crits
  • Intimate sessions and lectures on visual storytelling
  • Editing and sequencing strategies
  • A 50-page workbook on how to get started in photography
  • This workshop is open to both still and moving image makers



20:00 – 21:30: Presentation on Visual Storytelling by Olivia Arthur


09:00 – 10:00: Welcome and Introductions
10:00 – 12:00: Presentation by Olivia Arthur
12:00 – 13:30: Lunch Break
13:30 – 18:00: Group crits and presentation of work


10:00–12:00: Group crits
12:00–13:30: Lunch Break
13:30–18:00: Group crits continue

Fees: €650 (incl. VAT)

Deadline to apply: September 1, 2023

This workshop is open for 12 participants upon acceptance. Participants will be chosen by Olivia Arthur. They will receive a confirmation message by September 15, 2023.

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Scholarship: BECA Before Creating Academy is happy to sponsor one scholarship that will be given to a BECA Student photographer. The successful candidate will be selected by Olivia Arthur and Dimitri Stefanov, CEO of BECA..


Olivia Arthur is known for her in-depth photography examining people and their personal and cultural identities. Much of her work has illuminated the daily lives of women living in countries as varied as Saudi Arabia, India and across Europe. A more recent focus on large format portraiture has brought her work back to the UK. “For me, part of the power of still photography is the ambiguousness of pictures, the ability to give a hint about a scene or event without being too absolute,” says Arthur of her work.Arthur was born in London and grew up in the UK. She studied mathematics at Oxford University and photojournalism at the London College of Printing. She began working as a photographer in 2003 after moving to Delhi and was based in India for two and a half years. In 2006, she left for Italy to take up a one-year residency with Fabrica, during which she began working on a series about women and cultural divides. Representation and the way we see ourselves are also areas of interest for Arthur. She explored these themes in her project In Private/Mumbai (2016-2018) about sexuality in India and through her ‘Portrait of a City’ commission about young people for Hull, City of Culture (2017). Arthur’s work has been shown in publications including The New Yorker, Vogue and TIME magazine among others and selected commercial clients include British Airways, Capeb and BNP Paribas. She has received support from the Inge Morath Award, the National Media Museum, OjodePez-PhotoEspana Award for Human Values. In 2010, she co-founded Fishbar, a publisher and space for photography in London, with Philipp Ebeling. Arthur continues to return to India and to work in London where she lives. Olivia Arthur became a full member of Magnum Photos in 2013.

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