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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Magnum Mentorship Singapore

3rd SIPF launches mentorship programme with Magnum Photos

17 Apr 2012, Singapore – The 3rd Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) will partner Magnum Photos to launch Magnum Mentorship Singapore in the upcoming photography biennial this year. The mentorship programme will take place over 3 months (July to October 2012) in a combination of online mentorship from June to September and a five-day intensive in-person workshop during the festival in October.

The Magnum Mentorship Singapore marks the first collaboration between the esteemed photo cooperative and SIPF. It will be an intensive mentorship programme that will guide and spur participants to create a new of work and refine their portfolio, and will be conducted by Magnum photographers Alec Soth, Jim Goldberg and Susan Meiselas.

Said Ms Gwen Lee, Director of SIPF, “There are many self-taught photography professionals in Southeast Asia who are extremely passionate about their craft, and this is an invaluable opportunity for them to receive personal guidance from the master photographers of Magnum in Singapore. There will be an earnest exchange of ideas and a good deal of education, this is possibly the best way to propel their works to the next level.”

SIPF together with Magnum Photos conceptualised the mentorship programme with an aim to elevate the standard of Southeast Asian professional photography, as well as to broaden the perspective of professional photographers beyond this region. This is also Magnum’s rare foray into Asia.

Says Ms Fiona Rogers, Cultural & Education Manager of Magnum Photos, “We are happy to have found a like-minded team in SIPF, who are passionate about all aspects of photography. We hope that Magnum’s participation in this programme will contribute to the broadening of perspectives of professional photographers in Asia, that we will mutually attain higher levels in photography, and finally a deeper appreciation of photography by the public.”

The Magnum Mentorship Singapore differs from the usual professional workshops in terms of the scale of work and commitment made by the participants and mentors. A duration of 3 months and 5 days encourage greater dialogue and professional development for photographers, and advice from master photographers pertaining to their works and career is something that will greatly benefit them. Hence, the programme is recommended for photography professionals who are in the process of developing their practice and wish to create a stronger body of work.

Photographers who wish to participate in Magnum Mentorship Singapore will need to submit a portfolio of 20 works and their details to SIPF online. The instructors will select participants based on their portfolio. Participants can state the Magnum photographer of their choice to receive tutelage under. Please refer to Editor’s Notes for more details on the workshop, how to participate and Magnum photographers’ bio.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Gwen Lee Office: +65 6339 8655 Mobile: +65 9184 5438 gwen@sipf.sg, or visit their website.

Thanks for the heads-up, Hester Keijser
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