Faces of a Vibrant Economy: The Photographic Portrait Brief with Magnum Photos and Grant Thornton UK LLP

Two aspiring photographers will be awarded the chance to be mentored by a Magnum photographer on a live brief, joining them on an ambitious portrait assignment across the UK for Grant Thornton UK LLP, one of the world’s largest professional services network of independent accounting and consulting member firms. 

Winners will be given a brief and be asked to accompany a Magnum photographer on a series of shoots (10 days), and then themselves take on an assignment to photograph a series of individuals across the UK (a further 9 days), showcasing the faces of the British economy. Each commission will be accompanied by mentoring sessions by one of the commissioned Magnum photographers. 

There will be two winners and each will receive a fee of £5000.

I hope this will be of interest to your students or recent graduates, and please do share this opportunity far and wide. The brief closes on Tuesday 19 April.

We are also running a professional practice programme, in collaboration with The British Journal of Photography. Each workshop is a two-day photographic masterclass that focuses on demystifying the business of the industry, establishing a professional network of industry contacts, understanding the requirements of the market and identifying entry realistic routes into employment. 

Led by leading Magnum photographers and industry professionals, the programme presents incredible training opportunities for early & mid career photographers. The first day focuses on lectures from key speakers on specific areas of the photographic industry, giving behind the scenes tips and practical advice explaining how to work and succeed in their area of expertise. A second day of portfolio reviews lead by industry specialists will provide photographers with an honest, constructive and critique of existing work.

The next session, at the end of this month, focuses on funding and pitching your project: how to make your personal projects financially viable.