Mompós Photography Workshop with Malcolm Linton

International conflict photojournalist Malcolm Linton will be staging two further photography workshops in the Colombian colonial town of Mompox in collaboration with the Hotel San Rafael and La Casa Amarilla. Since the first workshop, held in May 2021 was very successful, there are now dates available in July and August.

The workshop is for photographers — from amateurs to professionals — who want to express themselves more fully in their images. It will run for three full days, usually from Friday to Sunday, with a welcome dinner the night before it begins.

Read a couple of testimonials from the inaugural May event.

Conflict photographer Malcolm Linton uses the Mompós Photography Workshop to explain the composition of some of his images and what was happening at that moment. This image was taken during the civil war in El Salvador.
I was lucky to be among the first students in Malcolm's photojournalism workshop, held in Mompox, Colombia in May 2021. Malcolm not only helped us with technical questions but imparted his understanding of how powerful photos are created, with a lot of attention to composition, subject and lighting. 
In this workshop, we were able to look in detail at his body of work, and also have his critical attention turned to our own. 
Malcolm, with his vast experience and generosity of spirit, can help students at any level, with any camera, produce meaningful images they can be proud of.

Seth Robbins, reporter and editor.
Photographer Malcolm Linton takes time during the workshop to discuss the photographs taken by each participant and shows how he would edit or compose the image himself.
I hadn't known what to expect from the course. As an ex-newspaper reporter I've spent years working alongside professional photographers, and occasionally tried to dabble on the amateur side, so was hoping for some tips on the technical aspects of photography, as well as composition.What I gained from the course was so much more. 
Malcolm is a fascinating guy and spoke with humility and care about his decades of work covering complex conflicts, including that of Colombia, as well as sharing the stories behind some of his most famous photographs.
He spoke about the psychology of taking photographs, and the ethics, to help us try and understand the many, many factors that relate to the supposedly simple act of trying to capture a historic moment this way.
Malcolm's accompaniment around Mompos was a joy. He is a kind, generous and patient instructor. Not only did he help me understand some of the more technical aspects of photography, but he made me see that empathy, care and composition are ultimately the most important.
Thanks to Malcolm I am more likely to spot an opportunity to take a great photograph and have begun to learn the skills I need to make the best of it. 
Mompos is a magical setting, brimming with life, and the ideal place to try out new ideas and techniques. Hotels like the San Rafael make a stay in Mompos feel like a step back in time, with all the pampering of a boutique, five-star hotel. I couldn't recommend the experience more highly.

Victoria Kellaway, writer. 

Malcolm Linton’s Mompox Workshop can be booked directly on the website.

Discounts available for students and groups.


July 2-4: Arrive 1 July in time for welcome dinner.

August 27-29: Arrive 26 August for welcome dinner.

Hear the Colombia Calling podcast episode with Malcolm Linton discussing the photography workshop in Mompós and some of his experiences in the field from Rwanda to Colombia and many places in-between.

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Anglo-Canadian resident in Colombia. Journalist, Writer, Hotelier, Expedition Guide
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