This workshop is about visual storytelling in intimate, personal way. We will hone skills in conceptualising, making and editing documentary narratives that evoke emotion, empathy and connection between subject and audience. What photographic story a participant wants to tell is up to them, but it must involve at least one person and must be able to be photographed within the seven week workshop period. We’ll also look broadly at contemporary documentary photography as a genre, drawing inspiration from some of today’s most innovative storytellers.

In four workshop sessions participants will learn:

  • Documentary narrative storytelling approaches
  • Access, trust, ethics and relationships in making stories about people
  • Editing and sequencing photographic projects for exhibition

Participant’s stories will be exhibited at the conclusion of the workshop at a one-night celebratory show. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Who’s it for?

The workshop is open for photographers at the start of their career, photography students, or advanced enthusiasts. It is suitable for photographers who want to challenge themselves to make a new body of work about a person or human-interest subject. Participants may photograph on any type of camera (DSLR, analog, mobile phone) but should be aware workshop will not cover technical skills or camera functions.


Workshop Sessions:

Sunday the 5th of Feb 9am - 5pm

Saturday 11 and 25 February, 9am - 5pm

Thursday 16 March, 5pm - 10pm (dinner provided)


Friday 24 March, 6pm - 9pm


$860. Payment plans are available, please email us to discuss.


Magic Johnston Cultural Complex

27A - 29A Johnston Street

Collingwood 3066

This workshop is limited to 10 people. To apply for a place, please send us the following via WeTransfer to :

 Your name

 Contact Details

 Short Bio (100 words max)

 Short Motivation Statement outlining why you want to participate in the workshop (100 words max)

 Examples of your work. Preferably 10-15 images (lo res) from a single story or project, but a selection of your best images is also ok.

 Applications close 20 January, 2017.



Morganna Magee is an Australian social documentary photographer based in Melbourne who believes everyone has a story worth telling. Her images have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Vice,  The Age, The Big Issue, The Weekend Australian magazine, Art and Australia magazine, Wooden toy Quarterly, Lostateminor, and Black and White Magazine.

She has photographed major commissions for Wintringham Specialist aged care, the shire of Murrundindi, Victoria Police, the Mission for Seafarers and Ronald McDonald House among others. Morganna lectures in Photo Imaging at Swinburne University of Technology.

Her awards include:  Finalist in the Maggie Diaz prize, Finalist in the National Portrait Prize 2013, Finalist 2012, 2016 headon portrait prize, Second Place- children’s portrait category International Photography Awards ( Lucies) , Honourable mention 6th Black and white spider awards, Px3 Official Selection for 2011 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Commendation Sony World Photography awards, Honourable mention International Photography Awards New York , Finalist Eureka science prize , ‘25 under 25’ Noise + Art and Australia, Black and White Magazines ‘Photo +Art’ . Morganna has been a member of the Many Australian Photographers (MAP) group since 2009.


Alana Holmberg is a documentary photographer, writer and occasional filmmaker based in Melbourne. Interested in the intersection of new media, the internet and multimedia storytelling meets, Alana experiments with new ways to engage audiences and forge empathy through her photography projects. In her freelance assignments, Alana works with local and international NGO and non-profit organisations to create contemporary multimedia content and experiences. To date her personal work has explored the experiences of women in relation to family, body image, technology and feminism. Alana is the recipient of the 2016 Pool Grant and member of Australian-based photography collective Oculi.


“As humans, we have always depended on stories to capture memories and define our lives, but in the digital age, stories have become fragmented. All day, we are inundated with information fragments without context or meaning; parts without a whole.

At ViewFind, we hope to reunite these pieces-to weave authentic human experience into moving, in-depth visual stories.

ViewFind has a network of more than 3,000 accomplished photojournalists from around the world. We believe in connecting the world and telling the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Join us and share the stories that unite and define us all.”

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