Meet the masters: experts to share their knowledge at the 25th Joop Swart Masterclass

Masters of the 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass

Amsterdam, 18 September 2018

World Press Photo is pleased to announce the masters of the 25th edition of the prestigious photography masterclass. Since its creation in 1994, the Joop Swart Masterclass has brought together young, promising photographers with the most experienced individuals in visual journalism in order to share and pass on knowledge and experience.

The four masters of this year are:
Stephen Dupont, Australia, documentary photographer
Simona Ghizzoni, Italy, photographer and film-maker, Canon Ambassador and member of MAPS and ZONA
Magdalena Herrera, France, director of photography Geo France
Joachim Naudts, Belgium, curator and editor FOMU

Theme: ‘Generation Y’
The masterclass will take place this year from Monday 24 to Friday 28 September, in Amsterdam. The participants will receive an immersive, hands-on educational experience with the four prominent experts, as well as guest speakers visual storyteller Dirk-Jan Visser and photo editor/photographer Kathryn Cook-Pellegrin, International Committee of the Red Cross, to discuss all aspects of their work and the profession. Each day of the masterclass will also include scheduled discussions around current industry debates, such as exhibitions, books, business development, multimedia and legal aspects.

In preparation for the masterclass, the participants have to produce a photo essay on a single theme, this year “Generation Y” which refers to the theme of the very first masterclass in 1994 “Generation X”. The photo essays will be discussed and edited during sessions with the masters. We intentionally do not give participants extensive information on the theme and subject, since we think the research beforehand and their considerations which have led to a certain approach are part of the assignment and are skills that will be discussed during the Masterclass. Participants are free to interpret the subject in their own way.
Find out more about the 12 participating photographers  — eight women and four men selected from 219 candidates  — here.

The Joop Swart Masterclass
The World Press Photo Foundation is committed to education. Since the first workshop in Budapest in 1990, we have run programs in a.o. Bangladesh, North Africa, the Philippines and Gaza, and masterclasses in Mexico City, Nairobi and Accra. These programs foster both the craft of visual storytelling, good journalistic practice and help create diversity in the profession.

Since 1994, the Joop Swart Masterclass has brought together some of the finest young photographers from around world, and leading professionals in the fields of documentary photography and photojournalism. It offers a focused, intimate and reflective learning experience to young photographers, aiming to foster their intellectual, artistic and professional growth. The Joop Swart Masterclass holds prime position among the workshops, debates and other educational programs of the World Press Photo Foundation.

The Joop Swart Masterclass is supported by our worldwide partner Canon and is also made possible by Conscious HotelsICRC, LensCulture, and Volkshotel.

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Photo credits of Masters photos, from left to right:
Magdalena Herrera by Ahmed Hayman, Joachim Naudts, Simona Ghizzoni, and Stephen Dupont by J Bradley Scott.

Posted September 19 2018

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