Foundry: Bringing top-tier, affordable photojournalism education to the world
Every year, the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop offers a chance to learn from some of the world's most well respected photojournalists and professionals in the photography world.
In 2008, Foundry kicked off in Mexico City, and has since been held in a different continent every year. Foundry 2014 will take place in Antigua, Guatemala. Foundry was established to bring a high-caliber workshop to people who could not otherwise attend such events. Students come to Foundry from all over the world, and Foundry offers a substantial discount to students from the region where the workshop is held.
"The idea of Foundry was: ‘Let’s create something that’s going to train locals in visual narrative storytelling, so they can tell their own stories.’ They can tell the stories of what’s going on in their community because they know it. They live there. It’s their home. It’s their world. That’s really what it really came down to: Let’s create a workshop that’s affordable for almost anyone, and we’ll do our best to bring as many people as we can in."
- Eric Beecroft, Co-Founder and Director of Foundry
Year after year, Foundry assembles a rich spectrum of craft and experience within its band of instructors. Top-tier, established professionals comprise Foundry’s teaching crew, who volunteer their time for Foundry Photojournalism Workshop.
The workshop also provides a venue for regional professionals to conduct courses, strengthening their photographic communities.
The courses at Foundry cover a large swath of topics, from practical seminars on creating multimedia presentations to in-depth examinations of hard-to-tell stories. Throughout the week, students have many chances interact one-on-one with their instructors and other participants.
Each evening at Foundry features programming for students to extend their experience beyond the classroom and to learn from other instructors. For some evenings, instructors hold presentations and panel discussions on their work or important topics in the photography world. Portfolio Review Night is another evening program where participants can have their portfolio reviewed by any of Foundry’s instructors.