Masterclass Northern Lights 2014-2015

The next step in your photojournalistic career

A long term master class for professional photojournalists – powered by Noorderlicht

Curator Marc Prüst and Lars Boering (Lux Photo Gallery) continue their cooperation with Noorderlicht and launch the fifth edition of their masterclass for professional photojournalists and social documentary photographers. It aims at developing their skills as photographers and as marketers of their own work, in a changing economic environment

Photojournalists and documentary photographers can no longer count on the traditional buyers for their income: rates have dropped for archive sales, and the number of assignments has gone down dramatically. But that does not mean that documentary photography is ‘dead’ or even ‘in decline’. Photographers are now able to initiate, create and publish their own projects, by using all the tools that are available. The NorthernLightsMasterClass is created around this idea that photographers are able to take matters into their own hands, and with the aim to support them with the concept, creation, and publication of their own projects.

For each edition a group of maximum 12 selected participants meets 3 times for 3 days during a period of 9 months at the offices of the Noorderlicht foundation in the beautiful city of Groningen in the Netherlands. Under the guidance of Marc Prüst and Lars Boering they will be pushed to make the next step in their careers. For each session the group is joined by 2 masters who will talk about their specialty in the photographic business. The masters are not photographers, but industry professionals play leading roles within the business: from directors of photography of magazines, to photographic critics, and from collection consultants to art directors. Our aim is to give true insight as to how to move your career forward.

First session: 19 - 21 september 2014

The first session aims at getting to the heart of what it is all about: the image. The participants will also get to know each other’s work and reflect on it. Main points during this session are the use of the light, composition, structure of a photographic image, and story editing. Financial Times photography critic Francis Hodgson and former WorldPress Photo secretary Adriaan Monshouwer will guide the students during this first gathering.

Second session: 23 - 25 January 2015

The second session turns to the contents of the story: journalistic elements like story telling, ethics, research, and setting up a long-term project. During this session, Magdalena Herrera of the magazine GEO France will open the black box of magazine publishing. Artistic Director Rob van Bracht will explain what he looks for when cooperating with photographers, and how he finds the artists he will work with.

Third session: 29 - 31 May 2015

The third and final session focuses on getting the story out there: preparing for publication or exhibition, introducing the work to the right people. DMB Media founder David Birkitt will join the group during this session to explain the workings of the marketplace. The director of Multimedia of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Claudine Boeglin will introduce the participants to the principles and ideas behind the use of multimedia for photographers.

Each meeting will be organized around group discussions and individual meetings aimed at developing the assigned project. For each session two guest lecturers are invited to work with the group. In between the sessions Prüst and Boering will be available to answer questions, to direct participants to the right people in the business and to assist participants in the creation of their projects.

This master class sets itself apart from most classes because of its long term setup. Not just a weekend, but a year long intensive assistance to become even better at what photographers should do: making the right image for the right story.

Costs for participating in this unique project are 1975 euro ex VAT.
We can also organize stay for you in Groningen, for 90 euro per night.


To apply for a spot on the masterclass, please download and enter the registration form (top right on this page).


If you want to know more:
contact Marc Prust
or Lars Boering at

All names of guest lecturers are provisional

The course will go through only when a minimum number of paying participants is confirmed.