Justin Maxon – Project Development Workshop / Application deadline: October 30th


RPS will present a workshop on project development by the 6th RPS Grant winner Justin Maxon this coming December. We welcome and encourage any photographers who want to start a photo project or want to continue developing an existing project, to please come and join us.

Justin Maxon – Project Development Workshop

With the advent of digital technologies, there are now more than ever more photographers in the world, all trying to distinguish themselves in a diminishing field. Operating within the pressures of the current media landscape, where immediacy is paramount, is not conducive to sustainable individual success within the medium. It is imperative that photographers search to find their own approach: ascetically, conceptually, and socially. To achieve this only comes from long-term investment in one particular space. Where photographers have the creative space to explore and develop their own signature.

This workshop will address individual creative direction and give the students an opportunity to have comprehensive dialog about how to structure the direction of a particular project in order to realize its full potential.


4 day workshop: Part 1 (Sat 13th December, Sun 14th December); Part 2 (Sat 20th December, Sun 21st December)
Time: 10:00am to 6:00pm (with the option to work up to 10:00pm if needed)
Instructors: Justin Maxon, Yumi Goto
Language: English and Japanese
Tuition: 55,000 Yen (or 50,000 Yen for RPS Members)
Number of participants: 12 maximum
Deadline for application: October 30th, 2014
For your application please email an A4 sized document no longer than 2 pages, to stronghold@reminders-project.org

Please include:
1. Name
2. Contact email address
3. An online gallery link to the project that you plan to work on during the workshop, if any (please do not send any files that require downloading)
4. Summary or idea of your intended project
5. Plans/ideas on what you want to develop
6. Your desired format for the completed project (ie. book, exhibition, campaign etc)



Image by the 6th RPS Grants winner Justin Maxon


Image by the 6th RPS Grants winner Justin Maxon


Image by the 6th RPS Grants winner Justin Maxon


Justin Maxon (1983) was born in a small town in the woods of northern California.
While attending journalism school at San Francisco State, he began exploring projects that held greater social implications. His desire now is to reveal different variables of truth in humanities conflicted existence.

He has received numerous awards for his photography, from competitions like World Press Photo, UNICEF Images of the Year, and POYi. He won the Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year at the 2008 Lucie Awards; the same year he was named one of PDN’s 30 Photographers to Watch. He was selected to participate in World Press Photo’s 2010 Joop Swart Masterclass. He received the 2011 Cliff Edom “New America Award” from NPPA. He was also selected as one of Magenta’s 2012 Flash Forward Emerging Photographers. In addition, he has received grants from the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, FotoVisura, the Alexia Foundation for World Peace, and the Aaron Siskind Foudation.

He has worked on feature stories for publications such as TIME, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Mother Jones Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fader Magazine, The New York Times, and NPR.