Magnum Professional Practice

February 21, 2014 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events | Comment |

Magnum Photos is extending a five-year relationship with its educational partners IdeasTap, through the delivery of free ‘Professional Practice’ training courses for photographers. Professional Practice is a two-day masterclass aimed at early practitioners, providing photographers with impartial industry knowledge and a unique opportunity to begin establishing a professional network. The first London event will be held from 15th – 16th March, hosted at The Magnum Print Room, 63 Gee Street,

Magnum Press Release

Magnum Photos & IdeasTap Announce ‘IdeasTap Inspires’ An Exceptional Nationwide Arts Training Programme 

Magnum Photos are delighted to be extending a five year relationship with its educational partners IdeasTap, through the delivery of free nationwide ‘Professional Practice’ training courses for photographers. 

Conceived as a response to the constantly changing nature of the photography market, Professional Practice is a two-day masterclass hosted by renowned international agency Magnum Photos which delivers practical guidance on the business of photography. Aimed at early practitioners, it provides photographers with impartial industry knowledge and a unique opportunity to begin establishing a professional network of peers and industry contacts. 

Through a diverse series of lectures presented by the UK’s leading visual arts experts, Professional Practice highlights paid opportunities from a wide variety of sectors including advertising & corporate, editorial, gallery, NGO, museum, publishing and rights management. 

A second day focusing on Portfolio Reviews will provide photographers with an opportunity to have an honest and constructive critique of their work, by two of 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. 

Magnum Photos and IdeasTap are proud to be organising three Professional Practice events in London & Birmingham between now and April 2015. 

The first London event begins Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th March, hosted at The Magnum Print Room, 63 Gee Street, To express interest in future Professional Practice events email 

IdeasTap Inspires is a new national training programme for young people building careers in the creative industries made possible by a £250,000 Exceptional Award from Arts Council England. IdeasTap Inspires will engage some 5,000 talented young people in a comprehensive support programme across multiple disciplines including theatre, photography, writing, and dance delivered by top-tier arts organisations including The Royal Shakespeare Company, 

Complicite, the charitable-arm of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Re:Bourne, Magnum Photos and Writers’ Fiona Rogers, Cultural & Education Manager, Magnum Photos said: “IdeasTap Inspires will be a great way of introducing the business of photography to young creatives, and the programme will strengthen Magnum's remit to supporting the career development of emerging practitioners. The photography market is a deeply competitive space, but by providing this opportunity Magnum and IdeasTap can impart the knowledge required for photographers to get a foot in the door of their chosen career.” 

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England, said: “It is wonderful to be able to invest in IdeasTap Inspires, as it works to support more young people to build their careers in the creative sector. It can be a difficult world to navigate and what stood out for us was the way in which IdeasTap was able to bring together so many organisations, including several in our National portfolio, to create something bigger than the sum of their parts, using digital and multi-platform distribution to reach out in a way that is particularly relevant to the 21st century.” 

Peter De Haan, philanthropist and IdeasTap Chairman, said: “IdeasTap Inspires will give thousands of talented young people all over England the head-start they need to launch their careers in the arts. This exciting new programme builds on the strong foundations IdeasTap has across the country and our years of experience helping young people to bridge the gap between training and work. Once again, we're delighted to be working with the best possible partners; top tier arts organisations, who through IdeasTap Inspires can now reach even more young For more information visit

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