Announcing the second edition of Criticae, our online documentary photography masterclass with Laura El-Tantawy

Having critical contributions while staying true to your own narrative is one of the key aspects of documentary photography. Led by photographer Laura El-Tantawy, the new masterclass explores these same ideas while providing you with unique tools to immerse yourself in different modes of staff narration.

© Laura El-Tantawy, image from her project In the Shadow of the Pyramids.

How can you through personal practice engage in social concerns and reach an audience? Establishing a relationship with your subjects and the audience while keeping your individual point of view is one of the most meaningful aspects of artistic practices. As a photographer, dealing with reality is a skill that is acquired over time, the second edition of Criticae will provide you with the space to improve and explore your personal narratives and better convey your vision of the world. Turn around documentary photography and its different elementsyou will be introduced to theoretical and practical storytelling strategies in the form of tailored feedback and open discussions. With the aim of complementing your work as well as potential presentation formats, this opportunity will give you the chance to expand your knowledge and expand your research.

© Laura El-Tantawy, exhibition of her work Beyond Here Is Nothing at Seen Fifteen Gallery London.

the 8 month online program will be guided by the famous Laura El-Tantawywho will introduce you photography as a vehicle for individual storytelling. She was one of four artists nominated for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize in 2016, and she is the author of five highly acclaimed monographs. During the masterclass, Laura will facilitate group reviews, seminars and individual mentoring sessions, in which its expertise and methods will be shared. This educational opportunity provides you with access to commentary from a leading professional in the scene and the networking space between international peers. The course will also rely on 5 online studio visits with industry expertsallowing you to chat informally with each of them and giving you unique insight into the industry.

© Laura El-Tantawy, from her Beyond Here Is Nothing photo book.

In addition, one or more participants will be granted an exhibition at the PhMuseum Lab, our gallery in Bologna, Italy, an experience that will be offering international exposure and the opportunity to present your work in a public place. During the last edition, the PhMuseum team selected as recipients the works of Henri Airo and Camilla Marrese, which will be the subject of a collective exhibition in the fall of 2022. That said, all the participants of Criticae have proven that they share a professional attitude and have developed their practice to a high performance level, you can check out their final year public presentation here to get a better idea of ​​the work done.

© Laura El-Tantawy, multi-channel video installation at The Photographers’ Gallery for the Deutsche Börse Prize.

The new edition of the Masterclass will be start in June 2022 and until February 2023. Submitting your work is completely free, once you submit your application the PhMuseum team will review your submission, if the application is accepted we will guide you through the process of registration. If you apply before May 5, you can be the recipient of the full scholarshipwe usually get around 90 applications, so your motivations and attention behind the application are important criteria for selecting potential participants. As the places available for this program are limited, we recommend that you do not wait until the last day to submit your application. Discover the full program and apply on the dedicated page. We look forward to working with you, good luck!



May 5 – If you apply before this date, you may be eligible for the full scholarship.

May 12 – If you apply before this date, you may be eligible for the Early Bird rate of €1,600.

May 26 – If you apply before this date, you can join the program by paying the regular fee of €1,850.


Online Documentary Photography Masterclass Criticae is part of the educational program of PhMuseum. As photography and its language constantly evolve, our programs offer you a comprehensive set of resources to improve your skills, connect with international experts, and stay up to date with the latest trends and opportunities. We offer a wide range of educational opportunities, from portfolio reviews to long-term masterclasses, feel free to contact us anytime at [email protected] or find out which program is right for you at

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