Workshop with RAFAŁ MILACH


For its second consecutive year, BECA and Magnum Photos are pleased to present an exciting workshop with Rafał Milach this summer.

Join Magnum photographer Rafał Milach for a three-day workshop focused on documentary photography and the development of personal long-term projects.

Structured as intensive sessions of editing and sequencing exercises as well as group portfolio reviews, this workshop will offer strategies on how to present your work and enable participants to set individual project objectives. Since the last decades, Rafał Milach has been working on long-term projects around Eastern Europe exploring themes of history and transformation — leading to books publishing and exhibitions worldwide. With his experience, Rafał will be able to guide you onto your project’s approach and the upcoming steps you need to make.

This immersive and intimate group setting workshop invites applications from photographers seeking to enhance their personal projects.

This workshop is open to 12 participants and is suitable for photographers with a substantial body of work seeking guidance in the final stages of their projects, as well as photographers embarking on new projects and in the research stage. Each participant will have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the editing process for long-term projects and selecting the optimal format for their presentation.



  • Group crits
  • Intimate sessions and lectures on visual storytelling
  • Editing and sequencing strategies
  • A 50-page workbook on how to get started in photography
  • This workshop is open to both still and moving image makers


  • 19:00 – 21:00 Presentation and public talk by Magnum photographer Rafał Milach


  • 10:00 – 11:00 Welcome and Introductions
  • 11:00 – 12:30 Group crits and presentation of work
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
  • 14:00 – 18:00 Group crits and presentation of work


  • 10:00–12:30: Group crits
  • 12:30–14:00: Lunch Break
  • 14:00–18:00: Group crits continue

When & Where:
July 19—21, 2024
BECA Center of Visual Storytelling,
57 Vasil Levski Blvd.
Sofia, Bulgaria

Fees: 700 € (incl. VAT)
The full fee must be paid upon acceptance.

Deadline to sign up: May 31, 2024

Selection Requirements: This workshop is open for 12 participants upon acceptance. Participants will be chosen by Rafał Milach. They will receive a confirmation message by June 15, 2024.

Scholarship: BECA Before Creating Academy is happy to sponsor one scholarship that will be given to a BECA Student photographer. The successful candidate will be selected by Rafał Milach and Dimitri Stefanov, CEO of BECA.

Language: The workshop will be held in English.

Rafał Milach’s work explores themes of history and transformation–particularly within the former Soviet bloc using a myriad of mediums such as photography, conceptual art, books, video and curation. Though he initially tackled subjects through a traditional documentary perspective, his later projects draw on a more conceptual approach. Milach was born in 1978 in Poland and grew up during the collapse of the Soviet bloc. He studied graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, before ‘falling in love’ with photography the first time he picked up a camera. He later studied at the IT Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic, where he is currently a lecturer. His works have been widely exhibited in Poland and worldwide, and can be found in the collections of the MoMA Warsaw, CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the ING Polish Art Foundation, Kiyosato, the Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), and Brandts in Odense (Denmark). Milach joined Magnum as a nominee in 2018, and a full member in 2023.


About Magnum

Magnum Photos is an international photographic cooperative owned by its photographer-members, with offices in New York City, Paris, London and Tokyo. It was founded in 1947 in Paris by photographers Robert Capa, David „Chim“ Seymour, Maria Eisner, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, William Vandivert, and Rita Vandivert.

Magnum Learn provides opportunities to meet and learn from Magnum’s photographers across the globe. We welcome participation from those at the very start of their creative journey to those already working professionally in photography. Magnum Learn also works in collaboration with institutions worldwide to create unique educational programs for their audiences.


  • Full fees must be paid to confirm your spot on the workshop.
  • BECA and Magnum reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 9 participants. Students will be given a full refund. In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least 3 weeks advance notice.
  • BECA and Magnum reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.
  • Cancellations: BECA and Magnum will reimburse all the registration costs except for a 10% of the costs for administrative fee, if you inform us of cancellation at least 45 days before the first day of the workshop. Beyond this time limit, we will charge the following: 50% of the cost if cancelled between 44 and 30 days before the Workshop commences. 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 29 days before the Workshop commences.
  • The fee does not include travel to and from the workshop, accommodations and meals.


For any queries relating to this workshop please email moc.g1716691827nitae1716691827rcero1716691827feb@o1716691827lleh1716691827