“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson


Hello, and welcome to my website!

My name is Magda Wolna, and I am a self-taught, passionate, professional photographer and photography lecturer based in Oxford, UK.

I organise and run Street Photography Workshops, aimed at both amateur and professional photographers of varying experience and skill.

Other photographic services provided include private tuition, lectures, commissions and sales.

Who am i?

Photography, teaching and science are my absolute passions.

I am a member of the Oxford Photographic Society, and also hold Distinction with the Royal Photographic Society. I have held numerous photo exhibitions, both solo and joint.

Please see a selection of my work to get sense of my style.

If you like what you see, and would like to learn from me, please see my Workshops section.

I would love to share my passion with you.
Who am i?

See Ordinary, Create Extraordinary!

My commitment, enthusiasm and drive will equip you for a successful adventure with street photography.


Bristol Bristol
The Carnival Pop Up exhibition is on display at the Arnolfini until 11th AUGUST 2019.

For over fifty years now, St Pauls Carnival has been joining communities together - with colourful costumes, kaleidoscopic dancing, scintillating music, and Bristol's best home-cooked Caribbean food (served straight out of people's kitchens!).

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Arnolfini, the Martin Parr Foundation and St Pauls Carnival, made possible with the support of Wex Photo Video and Epson.

Come and see my pictures among works by other great street photographers Martin Parr, Matt Stuart and Lua Ribeira.


Carnival Pop Up
Studio Arnolfini
Martin Parr Foundation
316 Paintworks
Arnos Vale
Bristol BS4 3AR
(+44) 0117 329 3270
Gallery opening times
Wed to Sat, 11am – 6pm
Sun to Tue, closed
Free entry


London London
I am delighted to be one of the chosen photographers who's pictures will be at the Exhibition of RPS London Street Photography 2019.

The exhibition is open until 12th September, so come and see my picture displayed on the wall amongst works by other great street photographers.

See the link below for more details.

Exhibition of RPS London Street Photography

12 August 2019 - 12 September 2019
08:00 - 17:00
Hanbury Hall Cafe
22 Hanbury Street
United Kingdom
E1 6QR


In addition to the above exhibition, I also have two pictures displayed at the pop-up exhibition RPS London Region Summer Event.

One picture picture will be printed, and the other will be digitally displayed - details of the event below:

RPS London Region Summer Event
10 August 2019
12:30 - 18:30
The London Bridge Hive
1 Melior Place
United Kingdom


Free Entry



St. Pauls Carnival 2019
September 10 2019

A Day in North Somerset: We Love The English. 
Photography by: John Boteler, Philip Joyce, Peter Warrington, Magda Wolna, July 13, 2019

Oxford June 2016.   

The EU Referendum, A photobook of the streets of Oxford, in the build up to the 2016 EU Referendum., September 2, 2016


I am delighted to be one of three winners from the RPS monthly photo competition in June. The picture was one of the highest voted image in the staff vote in “Passion” theme.
The picture is published in the August edition of the RPS Journal.
This picture represents my long term project of documenting the preparation and procession of the Catholic Feast of Corpus in Poland.
It remains one of the most important events in Polish rural culture, with people dressed in traditional regional clothing appearing on the streets celebrating religion.
Only a few towns still practice the custom, but it is clear that the passion people feel for their religion is still strong: this woman was handling this picture in a very delicate and caring manner, as were many others.
I used a Canon EOS 80D, 24mm, f/3.5, ISO-800.

Newport. I saw it first
One day, one place and four photographers all converged to create a personal portrait of a place: Newport.
Photography by: Steve Gray, Philip Joyce, Peter Warrington, Magda Wolna, May 27, 2019


Chemotherapeutic Targets in Osteosarcoma - Insights from Synchrotron-MicroFTIR and Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering.
Maria Paula M Marques, Ana L M Batista de Carvalho, Adriana P Mamede, Inês P Santos, Victoria García-Sakai, Asha Dopplapudi, Gianfelice Cinque, Magda Wolna, Peter Gardner, Luis A E Batista de Carvalho
J Phys Chem B 2019 Jul 24. Epub 2019 Jul 24.

Live single cell analysis using synchrotron FTIR microspectroscopy: development of a simple dynamic flow system for prolonged sample viability.
James Doherty, Alan Raoof, Ansaf Hussain, Magda Wolna,  Gianfelice Cinque,, Michael Brown, Peter Gardner, Joanna   Denbigh
Analyst, DOI: 10.1039/c8an01566j, 2018 October 19.

By moderating Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Activity, the APC/C-Cdh1 enables removal of Shugoshin-2 from the arms of bivalent chromosomes.
Ahmed Rattani , Randy Ballesteros Mejia , Katherine Roberts , Maurici B. Roig , Jonathan Godwin , Michael Hopkins , Manuel Eguren , Luis Sanchez-Pulido , Elwy Okaz , Sugako Ogushi,  Magda Wolna, Jean Metson , Alberto Pendas , Marcos Malumbres , Bela Novak , Mary Herbert
Curr Biol 2017 May 11;27(10):1462-1476.e5. Epub 2017 May 11.

An essential cell-autonomous role for hepcidin in cardiac iron homeostasis.
Samira Lakhal-Littleton, Magda Wolna, Yu Jin Chung , Helen C. Christian , Lisa C. Heather , Marcella Brescia , Vicky Ball , Ms. Rebeca Diaz , Ana Santos , Daniel Biggs , Kieran Clarke , Dr. Benjamin Davies , Peter Robbins
Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford
eLife, 2016 Nov 29. doi: 10.7554/eLife.19804

Cardiac ferroportin regulates cellular iron homeostasis and is important for cardiac function.
Samira Lakhal-Littleton, Magda Wolna, Carolyn A Carr, Jack J J Miller, Helen C Christian, Vicky Ball, Ana Santos, Rebeca Diaz, Daniel Biggs, Richard Stillion, Philip Holdship, Fiona Larner, Damian J Tyler, Kieran Clarke, Benjamin Davies, Peter A Robbins
Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2015 Mar 23;112(10):3164-9. Epub 2015 Feb 23.

Dependency of the spindle assembly checkpoint on Cdk1 renders the anaphase transition irreversible.
Ahmed Rattani, P K Vinod, Jonathan Godwin, Kikuë Tachibana-Konwalski, Magda Wolna, Marcos Malumbres, Béla Novák, Kim Nasmyth
Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QU, UK
Curr. Biol. 2014 Mar 27;24(6):630-7. Epub 2014 Feb 27.

Sgol2 provides a regulatory platform that coordinates essential cell cycle processes during meiosis I in oocytes.
Ahmed Rattani, Magda Wolna, Mickael Ploquin, Wolfgang Helmhart, Seamus Morrone, Bernd Mayer, Jonathan Godwin, Wenqing Xu, Olaf Stemmann, Alberto Pendas, Kim Nasmyth
Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
eLife, 2013 5;2:e01133. Epub 2013 Nov 5­­­

About my workshops

About my workshops
My workshops will be of value to those who are just beginning with  street photography, or those who are looking to reignite a passion.

I'll help you see the world through your lens as a street photographer, and I'll teach you how to make great street pictures.

Though seemingly simple, street photography is one of the most difficult genres in photography, owing to the fact that there is no studio to work in.
It can also be frustrating a lot of times but when you get your magical shoot you will have the feeling of accomplishment.
Street photography is also part reality and part imagination, your vision. I love to capture particular point of time given by the world and its unpredictability. You never know what you are going to get. It is never the same, everything changes. Let’s me take you to the unknown.

If you are just interested in shooting street and working on your technique and skills the then this is definitely the workshop for you.

My workshops are a hands-on approach allows you to learn as you shoot.
  • Learn essential street photography,
  • You will experiment with light and composition to create dramatic pictures,
  • Tell the story with your pictures,
  • Be confident shooting people in public spaces,
  • Evaluate you images- what worked and what didn’t,
  • Learn how to visualise a scene and how it may look as a photograph,
  • Capture unique moment,
  • Develop your creativity,
  • Shoot candidly,
  • Understand photography law and rights,
  • Know the different between bad and outstanding picture.
My commitment, enthusiasm, drive will equip you for successful adventure with street photography. I will push you further to make you more confident street photographer.

The group is limited to four delegates; you're guaranteed to get my full attention.

After the workshop I will give you open and honest feedback and advice on your next steps.

Please note, that what make a great picture is not the camera, but your vision and creativity. I will help you see the world through your lens in a new creative way.

You should attend if: you’re passionate about photography and you want to push your creativity.

Would you like to join a workshop???
See me workshops page or just drop me an email and I will get back to you. Simple!
If the workshop is already fully booked, please email me and I will add you to the waiting list. Sometimes due to various reasons people cancel their participation.

I look forward to working with you!

UK workshops

EU workshops

Photography Quotes

Photography Quotes
“Photography is a vehicle to the past”- Magda Wolna

“Practice makes perfect, so take your camera and take pictures most often as you can”- Magda Wolna

“The art of taking pictures consists of catching the fateful moments that pass over time.”- Magda Wolna

“Being in the right place at the right time is half the way to the success of capturing a great photograph; the other half is a quick reaction of pressing the shutter button on what's in front of your eyes and heart.”- Magda Wolna

“Where there is a shadow there must be light.”- Magda Wolna

“Photography is the bridge between the past and the future, so do not hesitate to capture the present.”- Magda Wolna

“The secret to good pictures in street photography lies in getting rid of the fear of photographing strangers.”- Magda Wolna

“Photography for me is an escape from reality.”- Magda Wolna

“Nowadays, where almost all are photographers having a camera phone and bombarding us with pictures from all sides in social media; it is very easy to lose your own artistic soul. Try not to copy the work of others. Be yourself, free your creative potential and trust your instincts.”- Magda Wolna

“Let yourself be carried away by the wings of imagination and creativity - then you discover who you are as an artist.”- Magda Wolna

“Knowing the depths of your soul will not only let you understand who you are as an artist now but also let you understand who you can become tomorrow.”- Magda Wolna

“You do not have to travel far away to take great street photos; they are also in the area where you live, so leave the house and grab them.”- Magda Wolna

“Only the one who really risks in life lives fully.”- Magda Wolna

“Peeling the color from the photo makes the photo take on a new light, perspective and depth.”- Magda Wolna

“Street photography is like hunting: one day you will return home empty-handed, and on the second day you will come back with a lot of prey. Cherish both days.”- Magda Wolna

“Seeing is everything in photography”. - Magda Wolna

“Look for beauty in ordinary things, and through your vision and expression, turn them into something extraordinary.”- Magda Wolna

“Leaving the house is the first step to capture a good street photo. the second step is to fine-tune the mind in street chaos.”- Magda Wolna

“As soon as you learn to tune into the chaos of the street, your eyes will open wide and you will never see the world as before.”- Magda Wolna

“I chose the direction of photography because there is only me and my creativity and no one has to tell me how to work.”- Magda Wolna

“Photography is an art, but not everyone accepts it. It is sad that candid street photography is limited or completely banned in many countries. Sometimes when I'm out there to take pictures, I don't feel like an artist but a criminal.”- Magda Wolna

“Photography is a very powerful means of communication; it can speak loudly without words. It can bring out all your emotions from you, can entertain, shock and delight. Photography is alive and will not die until the last man is gone.”- Magda Wolna

“Self-improvement in the art of photography will awaken in you new layers of energy that will expand your potential for unconventional thinking and then you will reach another level in your artistic work.”- Magda Wolna

“The street has accompanied me from an early age. She raised me to some extent. I now feel a strong need to document her to show her beauty for this and subsequent generations.”- Magda Wolna

“I rate my pictures very critically. Most of them will probably never see the light of day because I set the bar high. On the other hand, I have some pictures that move me and I am proud that they are mine. Such moments motivate me to leave my home and explore the streets in search of such pearls.”- Magda Wolna

“It is quite difficult to take an original photo of objects that are one of the most recognizable and most photographed in the world. However, this is possible. To achieve this, you must use your imagination and creativity.”- Magda Wolna

“The art of street photography is not about capturing everything that is visible to everyone, but about capturing subtle scenes that are invisible to most.”- Magda Wolna

“Photography is my medicine, which alleviates my pain associated with the evil of this world.”- Magda Wolna

“Be spontaneous in street photography, and all the pieces of the puzzle will come together in a split second”- Magda Wolna

“It doesn't matter which camera you use in street photography, it's important to delve into the street chaos and bring out interesting moments with your heart”- Magda Wolna

“The camera is just a tool to show the beauty of the photographer's soul.”- Magda Wolna

“Photography is the mirror of the photographer's soul.”- Magda Wolna

“Since street photography has become one of my dominant passions, I perceive the world around me as a continuous series of pictures.”- Magda Wolna

"Some people need alcohol or drugs to deal with the pain. Photography is my drug; temporarily excludes me from the brutality of this world."- Magda Wolna

“To take breathtaking pictures, you need to know where to stand.”- Magda Wolna

“Photography is both art and science. Quite often surprises with new discoveries. It can also perfectly define time, space and light. Both disciplines are close to my heart.”- Magda Wolna

“Each new day gives me another opportunity to capture the frozen scenes of fragile human existence.”- Magda Wolna

“The street has a constant momentum and is variable. Sometimes you have to do dance-like physical exercise to match the street rhythm. The dance product is a series of similar images. Some are better, some are worse. If the fit is perfect, you capture the decisive moment. “- Magda Wolna

“From my own painful experience, I have to say that sometimes in street photography there are days when you walk the streets for many hours and see many magical moments, but luck is not on your side and they disappear just before pressing the shutter. Don't give up before sunset.
During the day, a split second is enough to capture the decisive moment.”- Magda Wolna

“Panta Rhei! it's wonderful to combine philosophy and art. The beauty of photography means you can't take the same picture twice.”- Magda Wolna

“Street photography means skillfully capturing fleeting moments telling stories.”- Magda Wolna

“Photography is a magical medium. Sometimes, when I take pictures, I feel like a wizard who can conjure something out of nothing with the touch of a magic wand.”- Magda Wolna

“A good photo means one that impresses the viewer.”- Magda Wolna

“The camera lens is an extension of the photographer's vision.”- Magda Wolna

“On the one hand, the picture in street photography will capture some fragments of history that in the form of this image are visible to everyone, but on the other hand it also has its own creation history, which only the photographer saw.”- Magda Wolna

“Everyone can learn how to use the camera, but not everyone knows how to take pictures. There are two groups of photographers: those who do not know what to photograph, who do not see pictures, so they snap everything, hoping that one photo will turn out good. And also those who patiently and carefully choose moments and scenes to capture. The first are snappers, and the second are artists.”- Magda Wolna

“In photography, the most important thing is to understand how to photograph light.”- Magda Wolna

“The universal language of photography unites people from every corner of the world.”- Magda Wolna

"Each time you press the shutter button, you capture part of the history that may have been lost forever."- Magda Wolna

“Each picture is not only a reflection of reality, but also a reflection of the photographer's soul.”- Magda Wolna

“Observing people and their behavior is for me a natural form of things. Candid street photography allows me to capture these observations and share them with others.”- Magda Wolna

“Light is everything not only in photography, but also in the concept of life.”-Magda Wolna

“Street photography is a continuous journey into unknown areas of the human spectacle called life.”-Magda Wolna

“The art of observing in street photography is the basis for taking a good picture.”- Magda Wolna

“In street photography you need to be alert all the time, have eyes around your head and be prepared to press the shutter at the most unexpected moment.”-Magda Wolna

“Every shot in street photography is a torn-out part of reality.”- Magda Wolna

“A good picture in street photography stimulates the viewer's imagination and exclaims the story immortalized by the photographer.”-Magda Wolna


If you are looking for great experiences in Oxford and you wanna learn something new about street photography , this is for you! Magda is a highly skilled photographer and a friendly person, having a perfect knowledge about the area, she can show you its hidden pathways, (often missed by the travelers) and she would tell you everything you need to know about Oxford, all her shots were amazing, I had learned a lot of tricks that make the photos look stunning and different! The next time in Oxford I will not hesitate to contact Magda again. This experience is a must have."


Magda was amazing! I would highly recommend her!"


Magda taught me about street photography. She helped me l learn new features on my camera, and she made suggestions of pictures I might try. I did and got some great shots! I will use these techniques in the future!"


Magda's Photography Workshop was so special. Impact of her teaching was so great that I am sure that it will change my photography life. I would recommend this workshop for anyone who want to go beyond just pretty pictures."


It was really a great experience, I ran into traffic and was 20 minutes late and Magda graciously waited for me to arrive, she even gave me an extra 20 minutes on the end to make up for the time. Magda really seems to know about street photography, she began by spending about 10 minutes going over what I was interested in and getting to know my photography skills then we hit the street taking photos. She would take me to different parts of the city and explain the different ways to photograph people to capture that special moment."


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