This workshop focusses on the realization of self-criticism concerning the production of an artistic body of work within the context of documentary photography, which aims to motivate the development of a personal vision and approach. Based on a series of discussion topics, participants will be encouraged to question notions of truth, authenticity, objectivity and the underlying belief systems that drive our hyper-visual culture today. The workshop is aimed at photographers who wish to delve deeper into subjects they are currently working on, and receive feedback on their artistic process.

The workshop can be divided into two segments: the introduction of a theoretical framework along with a series of group discussions. Key aspects are the role of aesthetics and conventions, the influence of fiction on our perception of reality, the value of a self-reflexive mode, and how photobooks have shaped documentary practice.

Important topics that will be covered include:

  1. Concept development and critical reflection
  2. Identifying a personal vision & intention
  3. Defining an individual work methodology
  4. Formulating an artistic discourse concerning various projects
  5. Selection and sequencing of images / creating a portfolio
  6. Finding the right context and presentation for your work


Learn more about Max Pinckers.

Max Pinckers teaching his masterclass in Ghent 2017
Max Pinckers teaching his masterclass in Ghent 2017


From Wednesday, October 2, 2019 until Friday, October 4, 2019


Brussels city. The location will be provided to participants once they register.


Limited to 12

Overview & Considerations

The workshop starts every day at 10 in the morning (10:00) and finishes at around 6 in the afternoon (18:00). There will be coffee breaks and a lunch break each day.

This is an intensive workshop and every day will be different. This workshop is more about learning in the classroom and not about going out to take pictures.

This workshop will be held in the form of group discussions and individual consultations. Workshop participants should be able to show a good level of photographic aptitude and a desire to learn. Candidates will be expected to develop a positive attitude towards critical self-reflexion, discussion, and constructive critique. Students should prepare their portfolio presentations and artistic discourse ahead of the workshop.

This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to critically reflect on their portfolios in various forms and formats. Participants will be expected to bring a recent project to work with, or any work they wish to receive feedback on. Each project will be discussed in the group.

Please consider all this before applying to the workshop.

To bring

  • – A laptop with software to edit/tone your images.
  • – A notebook to take down notes during the workshop (optional).
  • – A portfolio of your pictures.
  • – Lots of energy and will to learn!


This workshop will be conducted in English


Early bird only at 350 EUR (Until August 15th).

After August 15th: 400 EUR.

Travel & Accommodation

Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation. Check our Visit Brussels page for more information about the city. Please ensure you have the necessary travel documents & relevant visas in order to attend the event. The BSPF can provide letters of support where necessary.

Conditions & Cancellations

Payments are not refundable. For special cases please contact us.

Participants need to enroll to confirm their spot. First come first serve basis. Pay below to secure your spot on time.

The BSPF is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is canceled. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.

The BSPF reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 6 participants. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a place with an alternative photographer. In the event of a cancellation, participants will be given at least 10 days advance notice.


For any additional questions, inquiries or doubts use our contact form, or contact us at:


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