Magnum Masterclass in Bangkok with Richard Kalvar

For the first time in Bangkok, MAGNUM Photos Ex-President Richard Kalvar, will lead three days’ workshop offering a unique and intensive photographic experience. Do not miss this rare opportunity to meet the legend in person!

Richard Kalvar Masterclass in Bangkok

This intensive 3 day masterclass will focus on creating each individual photograph better composed and more effective, with an emphasis on enhancing a personal point of view. We will begin with a review of each participant’s previous work, and attempt to understand what can be improved. Participants will be sent out to take new pictures, which will be reviewed on the following day. This will be repeated the next day, in order to work on a tight and coherent selection of the pictures taken during the workshop.

“The composition must serve the emotional effect of Photography” Richard Kalvar

Date: February 28 – March 2, 2019

Venue: Bangkok Art and Culture Center

Speaker: Mr. Richard Kalvar

Availability: 12 Persons


  • Early Bird Price Offer: 32,000 Baht (incl. VAT) equivalent to 960 USD before January 5 th 2019
  • Regular Price: 35,000 Baht (incl. VAT) equivalent to 1,070 USD after January 5 th 2019

Price does NOT include accommodation and travel to Bangkok
Terms and Conditions apply.

Contact:  Khun Soraya Kongraksa (Care)

Tel: 083-436-9360


After studying English and American literature at Cornell University in the mid-Sixties, Richard Kalvar worked in New York as assistant to French fashion photographer Jérôme Ducrot. It was an extended trip with a camera to Europe in 1966-1967 that made him decide to become a photographer.

After working for two years in New York he was offered his first and last role in the theatre, acting in French in Marseille and Paris, where he settled, helping found the Viva agency in 1972. In 1975 he became an associate member of Magnum Photos, and a full member two years later. He subsequently served as vice-president and president.

Kalvar has done extensive personal work in America, Europe, Asia; notably in France, Italy, England, Japan and the United States, supporting himself with journalistic and commercial assignments. He has a long-term unfinished project in Rome.

In 1980 Kalvar had a one-man show at Agathe Gaillard gallery in Paris and has participated in many group shows. A major retrospective of his work was shown at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in 2007, accompanied by his book Earthlings.

Kalvar’s photographs are marked by a strong homogeneity of aesthetic and theme. His images frequently play on a discrepancy between the banality of a real situation and a feeling of strangeness that emerges from a particular choice of timing and framing. The result is a state of tension between two levels of interpretation, attenuated by a touch of humor.

ITALY. Rome. Piazza del Pantheon (Pantheon square). 1980. © Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos

FRANCE. Paris. 6th district. Luxembourg gardens. 2000. © Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos

USA. New York City. 1969. Woman looking at herself in store window. © Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos

THAILAND. Bangkok. Thanon Samsen. Bride mannekins in a bridal gown store window. 2007. © Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos