Olivia Arthur

19-23 September 2022

About the workshop

Motivation and approach: what defines you? On this 5 day workshop she will work with each one of you to help understand and define your photographic practices. You will spend time looking at past work and projects to pin down what it is that motivates you and why you take this approach in your work. Referring to “approach and motivation”, it doesn’t necessarily equate with a visual style but you will discuss the difference between these things. In her work she uses many different visual styles but she finds coherence in the way she approaches and explores each project and how she tries to communicate with it. Integrating text and ideas are as important as refining the way you take photographs. For this reason, she encourages you to bring as much of your past work as possible, including book dummies, short projects or work that is still ongoing alongside any portfolio that you have. You will spend time looking through it all and helping you to identify the work that most represents. She will also assign you a short project to work on for the duration of the workshop that will help develop these ideas. Having spent two years as the president of Magnum and in a position to represent the different approaches and motivations of the members of the collective, she feels that she has learnt a lot about on how to understand different needs and how to help people in a way that fits with their particular motivations and practice.


19-23 September 2022



Submission's deadline

19 August 2022

Normal price

950 euro

Early bird price

850 euro until 19-07-2022




A 50% deposit by bank transfer is required once you have been accepted in the workshop, (you will be notified by email) and the remaining 50% until 22-7-2022

All official regulations regarding the COVID-19 situation
will be taken into account.

Olivia Arthur

Olivia Arthur is a London-based photographer known for her in-depth work examining people and their personal and cultural identities. Her first book, Jeddah Diary, follows the lives of young women in Saudi Arabia. Her second book, Stranger is a journey into Dubai seen through the eyes of the survivor of a shipwreck. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been included in institutional collections in the UK, USA, Germany and Switzerland. She is co-founder of Fishbar, a publisher and space for photography in London. She became a member of Magnum Photos in 2013 and in 2020 was elected as its President.


In order to apply for a placement in the workshop, please send us a zip file with:
1) a short cv,  2) up to 10 images (jpg format, maximum size 1024p, 72dpi) and  3) a statement.

You can send them via email: palmtreeworkshops@gmail.com

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Special features included in the price!

  • We encourage participants to arrive one day prior to the workshop beginning as we are offering a welcome dinner with local delicious food and wine from our organic garden. It’s a perfect occasion to meet all and enjoy dinner during sunset time at our veranda.

  • Breakfast and drinks are served during all days of the workshop.

  • You are welcomed to pick up any veggies or fruit from our organic garden.

  • A wonderful dinner is offered on the last day as a farewell to all the participants of the workshop.

Accommodation and practical information

  • We will be delighted to accommodate you at our Residence, please visit our website: www.thepalmtreeresidence.com

  • As our Residence cannot accommodate all participants, we encourage you to make your booking on time. A list of recommended hotels and rent rooms for different budgets located close to the workshop will be provided too.

  • Information for places to eat and drink within the village area will be given as well as local buses time tables, taxis, rent a car or scooter services, transportation from and to airport and harbor of Santorini, etc. We are here to make to provide you with all the necessary tips and facilities so please don’t hesitate to contact us for further requests.

Terms and conditions

  • There is a limited number of spaces on the workshop, the places will be sold on a first come basis.
  • We reserve the right to cancel this event when we do not reach the minimum number of participants. In the unlikely event of cancellation, participants will be given at least 1-week advance notice and a full refund.
  • If you decide to cancel for any reason, and notify us at least 40 days before the starting day of the workshop, we will reimburse all fees. After that time frame, you will lose your deposit.
  • The workshop fee does not include transport, accommodation or ground expenses.
  • Every participant has to bring it’s own equipment (camera and laptop).

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