Foundry Photojournalism Workshop

  • An electric mood fills the crowd as Foundry Co-Founder Eric Beecroft introduces instructors at Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2012. Courtesy, © Suzie Katz 2012
  • Foundry Instructor Michael Robinson Chávez exchanges introductions with his students at the start of Foundry 2012. Courtesy, © Suzie Katz 2012
  • Foundry provides more than just photojournalism classes. It creates an international hub for new connections. "That’s what we want, we want people who wouldn’t normally be able to come to come and learn and tell their own stories," says Eric Beecroft. Courtesy, © Suzie Katz 2011
  • Outdoors at Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand, instructor Magie Steber works one-on-one with a student. Courtesy, © Suzie Katz 2012
  • Alison Morley points to the cover of LIFE as she teaches. Courtesy, © Suzie Katz 2011
  • Henrik Kastenskov points to his diagram on "building a soundscape" during his multimedia class at Foundry Photojournalism Workshop. Courtesy, © Suzie Katz 2011
  • Maggie Steber addresses her class at Foundry 2011. Courtesy, © Suzie Katz 2011 Courtesy, © Suzie Katz 2011
  • Foundry Instructor Ron Haviv reviews student work during Portfolio Review Night At Foundry 2011 in Argentina. Courtesy, © Suzie Katz 2011.
  • Foundry students enjoy a snack while signing up for portfolio reviews. Courtesy, © Suzie Katz 2012
  • Maggie Steber works with a student during a portfolio review in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Courtesy, © Suzie Katz 2012
  • Portfolio reviews run into the evening at Foundy Photojournalism Workshop 2012. Courtesy, © Suzie Katz, 2012
  • The full moon presides over Foundry Photojounalism Workshop 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Courtesy, © Suzie Katz 2012
  • To capture the excitement of Foundry for posterity, Andrea Bruce has her students leap into the pool for their class photo. Courtesy, © Suzie Katz 2012

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.

Foundry been held in a different continent every year, from Bali to Buenos Aires. After nine workshops held all over the world, Foundry is returning to the place where it all started: Mexico City. 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 the workshop offers a substantial discount to students from the region where it 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.

PhotoWings proudly helps support the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop as part of our mission to highlight and help facilitate the power of photography to influence the world. PhotoWings and Foundry share a mutual conviction in the importance of photography being better understood, created, utilized, seen and saved.

PhotoWings believes the insights, skills, thinking, and perspectives from successful members of the photographic world are translatable and transferable into education, work, and life in general. Year after year, Foundry’s remarkable instructors and staff demonstrate the value of these qualities, and we are honored to share this content with the world.

PhotoWings sat down with six of the esteemed instructors at the 2014 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop and asked them a simple question: What is it about photography that you find so powerful and important? They share heartfelt thoughts about their experiences and the work they have dedicated their lives to. 


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Interviews and InSights

PhotoWings and Foundry Photojournalism Workshop teamed up to bring you interviews with some of Foundry’s instructors. Click on the videos below to see the instructors’ InSights into some of photography’s interesting and important topics.

Foundry brings in new teachers every year to join their returning instructors. Here are a few of the teachers who taught at Foundry in the past.