Munich University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design, 2020

During the summer semester 2020 I’ve been teaching Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at Munich University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design.

The associated course dealt with questions of photographic representation in theory and practice.

Together with the students we developed the online platform and digital exhibition dok12.net

In this online forum all sixteen participants present the projects that were developed during the collaboration. The presentation and discourse format of the website is potentially designed as an expandable archive and open platform.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the entire course was taught online and all students, during the production of their projects, had to face distinct legal regulations and far-reaching restrictions. Therefore, my respect goes to all participants for their inventiveness, persistence and remarkable results!



Portfolio reviews, project development, editing & seqencing tutorials

I’m offering 30-minute personalised mentoring sessions (and multiples thereof), tailored to individual aspirations and goals. These tutorials can either be a classic portfolio review, can explore ideas generation, research and project development, or focus on editing & sequencing of an existing project.

One-off tutorials are €40. Packages of multiple sessions will be discounted accordingly. Meaningfully reduced rates for all enrolled students are available on request.

To apply please email mentoring[at]jensschwarz.com with a link to your work and short note on how you wish to use the sessions.


The Tirana-Project

Sept. 14 – 21, 2021 in Tirana, Albania

Visual storytelling workshop / photographic mind-focussing retreat

Conceived and conducted to inspire your photojournalism & documentary photography practice in a project-related environment

For everyone interested in delving into social transformation processes and producing meaningful work – combining photographic practice with research in a foreign territory.

• first hand on-site coaching
• assisted practical field research
• personal skill development & group experience

A detailed description of the workshop program is accessible here

If you’re interested, I’m happy to send you the login information. Please request by email to mentoring[at]jensschwarz.com

In cooperation with and kindly supported by Goethe-Zentrum Tirana


Munich University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design / course evaluation feedback statements (anonymised) 

Testimonials from participants:

›As an aspiring documentary photographer, it is important for me to be able to exchange ideas with someone who has worked actively and successfully in the industry for a long time. And that is the case with Jens Schwarz. He promotes an open and positive learning environment in which he is able to respond sensitively to all kinds of questions. I can trust his judgement and his feedback is understandable and implementable. Beyond the specific aspects of documentary photography, in every session I learn something about politics, philosophy, art, sociology or journalism.‹


›I was privileged to get to know Jens Schwarz as an outstanding lecturer who has an extensive understanding of both the theoretical and practical perspectives of photography and manages to convey his knowledge in a very high-quality manner. In his course during the summer semester 2020, he provided me with new impulses for my photographic practice with very carefully compiled lectures on the historic development of documentary photography and in very lively discussions. He approaches the students with their respective status in a very individual and differentiated way, criticises the current project statuses very constructively and thus ensures the constant advancement of each participant.‹


›During the regular discussions on the progress of one‘s own project, one was always encouraged to take different paths - especially those that seemed impossible at first. I particularly appreciate that Jens Schwarz takes away the students‘ fear of failure, as this also leads to learning successes. This makes us more willing to experiment and to venture into topics that at first seem out of reach.‹


›Jens Schwarz brings a great deal of expertise to the table. He has practical insider knowledge and talks a lot about his own experiences as a photographer. Through his clear and honest explanations, including what it‘s like in a photographer‘s everyday life, I learned more about professional realities. I can benefit immensely from this.‹


Munich University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design, 2019

As co-curator of FOTODOKS – Festival für Dokumentarfotografie, during the summer semester 2019 I’ve been team-teaching at Munich University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design, in the context of the FOTODOKS Student Award. The participants were given the opportunity to work intensively on a project topic in the field of documentary photography and to submit their work into the Student-Award. The winning work was then presented at the festival.

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