3-day masterclass : “Developing Documentary Photographic Projects”

MAPS is proud to announce its first 3-day masterclass “Developing Documentary Photographic Projects” with award winning photographer Justyna Mielnikiewicz & editor and photography consultant Laetitia Ganaye

The programme will offer the 14 to 16 participants an opportunity to refine their photographic practice of developing documentary projects. Photographers with projects at different stages of development are welcome to participate.

Through an intensive schedule – in a intimate and supportive atmosphere – involving :

  • group critiques,
  • group and individual editing sessions,
  • practical exercises
  • and inspirational lectures, participants will have an unique experience to enhance their skills with like minded peers and an industry leading photographer and editor.

The masterclass programme will touch upon topics such as:

  • how to cultivate ideas and do the research;
  • how to write a project proposal;
  • how to develop strategies to accomplish long-term goals;
  • the importance and practice of editing and sequencing;
  • find partners for the production
  • how to reach the audiences you intended for your project.

Each participant will be asked to bring with them a portfolio and ongoing project on which they will be given advice and guidance on how they can push the work and their practice forward. Participants will have time for questions and to discuss specific aspects of photography and the industry.

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Dates: Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6, Thursday 7 June
Duration: 3 days
Venue: SGarage, Via Lavaredo 1, 00137, Rome, Italy
Class size: 14-16 participants
Skill level: We recommend a minimum of 2 years of experience working as a documentary photographer.
Language: English


APPLY before MAY 22nd

If you’re interested in participating in this workshop, please send a message to Eefje Ludwig :

In this message, we request you to submit a single PDF with the following information:

  • Name, address, email, nationality, phone number
  • Level of professional experience
  • Level of English language
  • 10 images representative of your photographic work
    short statement about why you’d like to take the workshop (150 words max)
    short bio about yourself and your relationship to photography (100 words max)
    Upon submitting your application, we request you to pay the workshop fee to our MAPS account. Your participation is assured as soon as we have received the application fee.

Early bird fee €390, deadline to apply 27 April.
Normal fee €425, apply between 27 April and 10 May.

The fee does not include travel, lodging, meals or transportation. Coffee and tea breaks are included.


Participants will get the most out of the masterclass when they bring a documentary photographic project which they have completed or is still ongoing . Workshop participants should be able to show a good level of photographic aptitude and a desire to learn. The workshop will be conducted in English so a basic understanding and speaking of English is required.

Policies, terms and conditions

Full fees must be paid on application.
The masterclass fee does not include travel, lodging, meals or transportation.
All health, travel and other potential liabilities are the responsibility of the participant and should be covered adequately by their own insurance. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance for your belongings. Please check about visa requirements which may vary depending on your nationality.
MAPS reserves the right to cancel the masterclass with less than 14 participants. Students will be given a refund in that case. In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least a 2 weeks (May 22 2018 latest) notice.
MAPS is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the masterclass is cancelled. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.
100% refunds to applications who wish to cancel their place on the masterclass can only be given up to 3 weeks (May 15 2018 latest) in advance of the date of the masterclass commencement. After this point refunds can not be issued.
If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, this must be confirmed in writing
MAPS reserves the right to change or alter the masterclass advertised if needed.
A dossier in order to get prepared for the masterclass will be sent to the participant at least one week before the masterclass begins.
By submitting your application, you agree to these terms and conditions.