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Master of Professional Photography

Master - 9 months

This Master Program will provide the students with working tools that they can then implement in many environments. Furthermore, they can decide for themselves how much they want to delve into each field, and find their own way of working with (and around) photography.

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Master of Professional Photography

“We believe that photography is something you can easily teach yourself, you do not really need a school for that. In fact, our students usually know their trade quite well. What you do need are people who support you and give you input, advice, and courage – in fact, this is maybe the single most important thing. Learning by doing, but hand in hand with a strong team of professionals and tutors, this is the concept of Professional Photography Course at the IED Madrid.

Our invited lecturers have quite different working and teaching styles, according to their experiences and the fields they come from. The workshops will be held by professionals in the fields of documentary, fashion, portrait, product photography and advertising, but always with focus on creative techniques rather than pure camera work and technical knowledge. The borders between photographers who work on comisión and photographic artists are getting blurred. Commercial photographers seek opportunities to receive awareness for their “personal works” as well as photographic artists attract attention of art buyers and talent scouts that search for fresh approaches.

This Master Program will provide the students with working tools that they can then implement in many environments. Furthermore, they can decide for themselves how much they want to dig into each field, and find their own way of working with (and around) photography.

What we want to teach to our students is a methodology, not technical details. The invited specialists in photography, publishing, postproduction, lightning communication theory will teach from their own point of view, and emphasize things that they find most important. This broadness and also its international spirit make the course something really special.”

Ricardo Cases and Paul Kranzler

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Ramón Palacios-Pelletier

Ramon Palacios-Pelletier is a photographer, born in Madrid, who specialises in portraiture and editorial work. His photographs have appeared in L’Officiel, Liberation, Le monde, Studio/Cine Live, L’Equipe, Madame Figaro, Premiere, Elle (France), Elle Deco (France), Psychologies, El Pais, El Mundo, Esquire (Spain), Elle (Spain), GQ (Spain), Rolling Stone (Spain) and New York Magazine, among others. He has produced covers for Universal Records (France), Mercury Records (France), Sony/BMG (france) and EMI Records (Spain).


Ricardo Cases

He was born in 1971 in Orihuela, Spain. He lives and work between Madrid and Valencia. He studied Journalism at the University of the Basque Country. He is a member of the Blankpaper collective and runs the Fiesta Ediciones publishing house. His book Paloma al Aire was very well received following publication.


Martin Parr

Photographer, member of Magnum Photos

He was born in 1952 in Epsom, in the UK. In contrast with the constant stream of images produced by the media, his photographs seem to see the world from a unique perspective. His iconic photographic work is original, entertaining and recognised all over the world. He is currently the president of the legendary Magnum Photos, of which he has been a member since 1994.

Paul Kranzler


Born in 1979 in Linz, Austria. He is a freelance photographer whose work has been published in magazines such as Dazed & Confused, Camera Austria and Vogue Luomo. His personal work, such as Land of Milk and Honey (2005) and Brut (2010), is also well known and has been displayed at a range of exhibitions and festivals, such as the Architecture Biennale Venice and the Albertina Museum in Vienna.

Fernando Maselli


He was born in Buenos Aires in 1978. He has worked with the main advertising agencies in Spain, producing work for Coca Cola, Mercedes Benz, Vodafone, Toyota, BBVA, Movistar, Samsung, Repsol, etc. This work has earnt him many prizes at international advertising festivals, such as Cannes, El Sol, FIAP and One Show. His art work has also been highly lauded and has been displayed at international galleries and art fairs, such as SPD – Society of Publication Designers (New York), W-CA Contemporary Landscape Photography Open (UK), Premio Joven de Artes Plásticas de la Universidad Complutense (Spain) and the China 15th International Photographic Art Exhibition.

Oliver Haupt


He is the creator of “the unknown artist” studio. He has won many prizes at important national and international festivals such as the PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris, the AOP Photographers Award London, the AFP Spain, the Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best International Ad Photographers, the Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best International Digital Artists, IPA, the AOP Open Award London, Cannes, El Sol and Anuncios. He is the second best photographer in Spain according to the 2015 ranking in El Publicista.

Gianfranco Tripodo

Documentary Photographer

Gianfranco Tripodo is a freelance documentary photographer. His work is represented by Contrasto. He was born in 1981 in Manila, Philippines. He has worked for magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, FT Weekend Magazine, El País Semanal, Monocle, Der Spiegel, M, l’Espresso, Rolling Stone, IL, and Colors, among others. He won the third prize at the World Press Photo 2015. He has also worked with commercial brands such as Red Bull, Red Bull Music Academy, Sony Music, McCann, Samsung, Madrid City Council, Carhartt, Moupia Hats and Saucony.

Ivory Serra


Ivory Serra has been a photographer in New York City for 15 years. He received an MFA from Hunter College, and taught photography at NYU for 5 years. Serra has been first assistant to some of the biggest heavyweights in the world of celebrity portrait photography. Names like Annie Leibovitz, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Frank W. Ockenfels , Mark Seliger, Willy Rizzo, Martin Schoeller and Peter Beard have all placed their trust in his vast technical knowledge.
From 2002-2004, Serra was the official photographer for AOL Music. He documented the recording sessions and interviews of 35 or more artists ranging from Robert Plant and Peter Gabriel to Sheryl Crow and Kid Romeo. His photos have been published in a wide variety of magazines including: Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Time, XXL, Revolver, Guitarworld and ID, and featured in various books including Hip Hop Immortals, the Beautiful Losers exhibition book and Full Bleed.

Specialized tutors

Ricardo Cases

Tutor in Documentary and Reportage

Born in 1971 in Orihuela, Spain. Lives and works in Madrid and Valencia. Holds a degree in Journalism by the University of The Basque Country. He is a member of the Blank Paper collective and runs a publishing project called Fiesta Ediciones. His book Paloma al aire has achieved wide recognition since its publication.

Erik von Frankenberg

Tutor in Fashion and Lifestyle

Born in Madrid, Spain in 1983. He started to work as a photo assistant in 2003. He actually lives and works in Madrid, where combines personal projects with commercial works with magazines and advertising agencies.

Javier Garrido

Tutor in Advertising and Editorial

Creative Director at El Laboratorio. Based in Madrid, since 2000 he has worked as graphic designer in some studios and as an art director in advertising agencies like CP Proximity (BBDO Group) and El Laboratorio (Interpublic Group) for clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Save the Children, bwin, Yoigo, Direct Seguros, Mahou, Cepsa, Campofrío, Loewe, Chrysler-Jeep and NH Hotels, among others.

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Course file

Master of Professional Photography

  • Type of course : Master
  • Language : English
  • School: Visual Communication
  • IED Credits: 60
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Timetable : Morning 10am to 14.00 pm. Monday to Thursday. Selected production workshops and Master Classes may include varying schedules.
  • Attendance: in-person
  • Qualification: Private At the end of the course, an accredited certificate will be awarded for having completed it satisfactorily.
  • Directed to : students with degrees in Photography, Fine Arts, Media, Advertising or Communication. Young image-makers who want to specialise in the practice of professional photography; Photographers working in the industry who want to develop their own style, in their professional and personal work.
  • Admission process : ·· Curriculum vitae ·· Letter of interest. ·· Technical knowledge in photography is mandatory (One Year Photography at IED Madrid or comparable); basic experience with post-production skills and a familiarity with audiovisual formats is also required. ·· Project Portfolio ·· Personal interview as deemed necessary by the Academic Coordination Team. ·· It is necessary for students to have their own camera to participate in the course
  • Enrollment rate: 2500 €
  • Course Fee: 9000 €
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