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. 

2017 Instructors

 

Guillermo Cervera

Guillermo Cervera Calonje is a freelance photojournalist, documenting armed conflict and social issues for the international press such us Bosnian War in 1993, the rebel camps in Chad, the Tamil Tigers separatist militant group during the Sri Lanka Civil War in 2008, the gang wars in Caracas, Venezuela, the refugees and IDPs in Darfur, the rise of capitalism in communist Cuba, the uprisings in Libya and Cairo, Egypt in 2011, the daily life in Afghanistan, the methamphetamine addition in southern Washington, D.C., American gospel churches and European Arms dealers, war in Ukraine and the last conflict between Israel and Palestine in the Gaza Strip 2014, Ibiza crazy life and Mermaids in Florida.

His photographs are regularly published in The New York Times, Newsweek, Marie Claire, The Guardian, Paris match, Rolling Stone, La Vanguardia, ABC and El Mundo, EL Pais, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal among others, and have been exhibited in galleries in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.

 

Kirsten Luce

Kirsten is a photojournalist in Brooklyn, NY. She travels to Texas and Mexico often. Publications include: The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Harper's, Bloomberg Businessweek, National Geographic, Newsweek, GEO France, Der Spiegel, People and Washington Post.

She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Columbia University and  was the Workshop Coordinator for the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop prior to being an instructor.

 

Maggie Steber

Maggie Steber has worked as a documentary photographer in 60 countries. Her longtime work in Haiti received the prestigious Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant and the Ernst Haas Grant. A collection of the Haiti photographs was published in “Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti”, by Aperture. She was a contract photographer for Newsweek Magazine for 4 years and has worked for several press agencies as well as the Associated Press in New York as a photo editor. She served as Asst. Managing Editor of Photography and Features at the Miami Herald from 1999-2002 and guided the photo staff projects to twice become Pulitzer Prize finalists and a third time as winner. In 2007, she received a grant from the Knight Foundation to design a new newspaper prototype through the new Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami. In 2010, for the 3rd time, she will be invited as one of the Master Teachers at the World Press Photo Foundation’s Joop Swart classes. In 2008, she was honored guest speaker at the formal gathering of distinguished guests in Amstesrdam.

Steber was distinguished invited guest in 2008 to the Pingyao Photo Festival where she exhibited her longtime work on Native Americans and made the main evening presentation. That exhibition was her 3rd in China. She has exhibited twice at Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France and at the Jardins du Luxumbourg in Paris as part of the 20th anniversary exhibition of Reporters Sans Frontieres. She has exhibited widely throughout the US and the world.

Maggie’s breathtaking list of honors includes:

The Leica Medal of Excellence
First Prize Spot News World Press Photo Foundation News
First Prize Magazine Documentary in Pictures of the Year (iPOY)
Overseas Press Oliver Rebbot Award Best Photographic Coverage from Abroad
The Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from University of Missouri
Grants: Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Ernst Haas Grant and the Knight Foundation; 3-time finalist for Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography
Her work appears regularly in National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, Smithsonian, The Guardian of London and many other American and European publications. Her photographs are widely exhibited and are included in many museum and private collections. She has served as judge for World Press Photo Foundation and the Alicia Patterson Foundation four times each, as well as for other photographic competitions.

 

Andrea Bruce

Through documentary photography, Andrea Bruce brings attention to people living in the aftermath of war. She is a co-owner and member of the photo agency NOOR.

For eight years, she has chronicled the world’s most troubled areas as a staff photographer for The Washington Post. She focused on Iraq from 2003 to the present, following the intricacies and obstacles of the conflict experienced by Iraqis and the US military. She also wrote a weekly column for The Post called “Unseen Iraq.”

Her awards include top honors from the White House News Photographers Association (where she has been named Photographer of the Year four times), several awards from the International Pictures of the Year contest, and the prestigious John Faber award from the Overseas Press Club in New York.

She has also been a finalist for The Aftermath Project grant and a 2011 recipient of the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship. In 2010 she received the WHNPA grant for her work in Ingushetia.

In 2012, she was the recipient of the first Chris Hondros Fund Award for the “commitment, willingness and sacrifice shown in her work.”

Andrea currently splits her time between Afghanistan the United States and is available for photography and multimedia assignments.

 

Rodrigo Cruz

Rodrigo Cruz is a freelance photographer with a particular interest in abuses of human rights, especially against women and children in his native Mexico. His work has been published by National Geographic – Latin America, The Wall Street Journal, Maclean’s, The Washington Post, Esquire – Russia and by NGOs such as Amnesty International. He was shortlisted for the 2010 Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights; received an honorary mention in the photo contest ‘Global World: through the lens of human rights’; and was selected last year to participate in PHotoEspaña’s Descubrimientos in Guatemala City.

 

Jared Moossy

Jared Moossy is a Texan born photographer based in Austin, Texas. Jared graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City in May of 2008.  His professional career has mainly focused on the changing political and social landscapes of various countries and how conflict has shaped those landscapes. Jared is also a founding member of Razon Collective

Jared attended the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2008 and won the PDN Photo Annual and Marty Forcher Fellowship Fund in 2008. Jared was also awarded a place in PDN 30’s emerging photographers in 2009. Jared has since taught at three Foundry Photojournalism Workshops. He has worked with and been published in Newsweek, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Stern Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Harper’s Magazine and several others.

Recently Jared has also transitioned into film, applying his photographic style and voice to the moving image. His most notable role as Cinematographer was for the HBO, 4 part series, Witness; that originally aired in November 2012.

 

Claire Rosen

Claire Rosen is an award-winning artist whose elaborate and whimsical tableaux constructions often feature anthropomorphic animals or solitary heroines, evoking the aesthetics and ideals of classical painting from the Pre-Raphaelite periods, frequently referencing the Victorian Era, with its fascination of the natural world and ideals of beauty.

In 2012 and 2013, Claire earned a place on the Forbes “30 Brightest under 30” list for Art & Design. Her work has also received recognition from Aesthetica Art Prize, Communication Arts Photography Annual, International Photography Awards, Graphis Photo Annual, PDN Photo Annual, People’s Choice Photoville Fence, Photolucida Critical Mass, Prix de la Photographie, Sony World Awards, Artists Wanted: Exposure, and Art Project: W Magazine. Her work has been featured in Beautiful/Decay, Communication Arts, Complex Art+Design, Creative Quarterly Journal, Der Greif, Direct Art, Faded + Blurred, Fast Company, Feature Shoot, FotoTv, The Guardian UK Observer, Hi Fructose Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, NPR Weekend Edition, PDN’s Emerging Photographer, Refinery29, Slate Magazine Behold and The World Photography Organization.

Claire has been exhibited from New York to Los Angeles and London to Seoul and her work can be found in a number of public and private collections. In 2013, Claire had her first solo museum show at the the SCAD Savannah Museum of Art in Georgia. Her fine art work has been included in a number of juried group shows at the Annenberg Space for Photography, Aperture Gallery, Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), Consensus, MOPLA, PhotoPlace Gallery, and five consecutive years on the Photoville Fence in Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Houston & Santa Fe.

The vivid storytelling throughout Claire’s work has enabled her to construct unique creative campaigns and installations for a wide range of commercial brands. From fashion labels to luxury hotels, book publishers to restaurants, Claire’s portfolio of commissioned images bridges the gap between fine art and commercial work.

In addition, Claire has taught workshops and lectured about the creative process and photography around the world. Her book, IMAGINARIUM: The Process Behind the Pictures, published by Rocky Nook, covers the artistic practice of photography. Claire is a brand ambassador for Dynalite, FujiFilm US, Hahnemühle USA and liveBooks.
Claire graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 with a BFA in photography. She received a liberal arts degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2003.

 

Ron Haviv

Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv has produced some of the most important images of conflict and other humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War.

A co-founder of VII, whose work is published by top magazines worldwide, including: Fortune, The NY Times Magazine, Time, Vanity Fair, Paris Match and Stern. He has published two critically acclaimed collections of his photography — Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul – and has contributed his wide-ranging body of work to several other books.

With a special focus on exposing human rights violations, he has covered conflict and humanitarian crises in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the Balkans. Most recently, he has documented wars in Darfur and the DR Congo.

His often-searing photographs have earned Haviv some of the highest accolades in photography, including awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and the Leica Medal of Excellence. He regularly lectures at universities and seminars, and numerous museums and galleries have featured his work, including the United Nations, The Louvre and The Council on Foreign Relations.

Haviv has been the central character in three films. National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk explores the hazards inherent in combat photography. The Serbian-made documentary Vivisect explores Serbian reaction to the Blood and Honey exhibit. Eyes of the World, which has featured in film festival worldwide, examines Haviv as a witness to war. In addition, Haviv has spoken about his work on The Charlie Rose Show, NPR, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, MSNBC and The Best Damn Sports Show Ever.

 

Michael Robinson Chavez

Michael Robinson Chávez is a photographer at The Washington Post since 2007. Prior to that, he worked for Los Angeles Times , The Boston Globe and the Associated Press. He has covered assignments in over 50 countries including: the Congolese Civil War, the tsunamis in Indonesia and Chile, the Egyptian revolution, life in Brazil’s slums, gold mining in Peru, the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war, the Georgian/Russian war in 2008, the conflict in Israel/Palestine and the US led invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Michael was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Photojournalism in 2012 and was twice named second place Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International in 2014 and 2010. In 2015 Michael received a silver prize from the China International Press Photo Contest for his work on the California drought. Michael won the Scripps Howard National Award for Photojournalism and has also twice been named Photographer of the Year by The White House News Photographers’ Association.

His work has been exhibited widely, including the Visa Pour l’image festival in France, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, Imagenes Havana in Cuba, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the War Photo Ltd. Gallery in Dubrovnik and at the Museu Memorial de l’Exili in Spain.

He has published a book of his photographs from Peru: “Awaiting the Rain.” In addition, he teaches and lectures at workshops throughout the world including Mexico, Argentina, India, Thailand, Egypt, Peru, the United States and El Salvador.

 

Adriana Zehbrauskas

Adriana Zehbrauskas was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She received a degree in Journalism and moved to Paris where she studied Linguistics and Phonetics at the Sorbonne Nouvelle. She worked as a staff photographer for Folha de S. Paulo, in Brazil, for 11 years, traveling extensively throughout the country and abroad.

As a freelance photojournalist based in Mexico City, she contributes regularly with The New York Times. Other clients include the Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Glamour Magazine, The Guardian, Paris Match, Le Figaro, Save the Children and the World Health Organization among others.

Adriana is one of the three photographers profiled in the documentary “Beyond Assignment” (USA, 2011), alongside Mariella Furrer and Gali Tibbon. The film was produced by The Knight Center for International Media and the University of Miami and features the Tepito project.

Her project on Faith in Brazil and Mexico was awarded a Art & Worship World Prize by the Niavaran Artistic Creation Foundation and a book is currently under production to be published by Bei Editores in São Paulo, Brasil. She was a finalist for the New York Photo Awards 2009 and 2010 and is an instructor with the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops.

Her photos are also featured in the books “24 Stunden im Leben der katholischen Kirche’, Random House, Munich, 2005, “In Search of Hope – The Global Diaries of Mariane Pearl”, PowerHouse Books, New York, 2007 and the “Nike Human Race” , New York, 2008.

Adriana is the recipient of the Troféu Mulher Imprensa (photojournalist newspaper/magazine), São Paulo, Brazil, Feb 2012.

 

Neal Jackson

Neal Jackson is formerly Vice President and General Counsel of NPR, the US nonprofit news content producer (www.npr.org). In addition to working as a photographer, he consults on business issues in the photojournalism industry, including as Chairman Emeritus of the VII Photo Agency. He also is the founder and executive director of Trauma Training for Journalists, which teaches local journalists around the world how to manage traumatic injuries in hazardous environments.

Neal will teach a survey class in Legal and Business Issues in Photojournalism, which will include subjects such as employment as a photographer (freelance and staff), copyright issues including “fair use,” contract terms, licensing of images, rights of privacy and publicity, and negotiating approaches and tactics.

Natalie Keyssar

Natalie Keyssar is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York.

After receiving a BFA in Painting from the Pratt Institute in 2009, she pursued photojournalism, which fused her love for visual storytelling with her deep interest in youth culture, and political movements.

Much of her personal work has focused on the themes of class inequality, and the personal effects of political turmoil. She has explored topics from the intersection of subculture and gangs in Brooklyn, to occupied life in Western Sahara, from White Supremacist militias on the US Border with Mexico, to the Black Lives Matter Movement, from infant mortality in Burma to Hip Hop in Eastern DRC.  She is currently working on a long-term project about daily life in Venezuela after the death of Hugo Chavez. 

Natalie’s work has been published by Time, The New York Times, Bloomberg Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, California Sunday Magazine, Le Monde M, and MSNBC among many others, and awarded by organizations like PDN 30, Magenta Flash Forward, American Photography, Reportage by Getty Images, The NPPA, The International Color Awards, and The Association for Healthcare Journalists. She is a Pulitzer Center Grantee and a long-term fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation Latin America program.

 

Oscar Castillo

Between quitting studying psychology during my punk crisis and these days of photojournalism and projects many experiences have knocked my door. Streets, parties, travels and murky episodes were my daily life for years later followed by reflections and a growing interest for politics, human relations and society structures. After trying to destroy everything I thought was the cause of the misery of our world, as expected, I ended up disappointed: destroying to protest against destruction was kind of paradoxical. But these politics, as interesting as doubtfully useful in practice, started etching some ideas in my mind, and so I began to see equality, dignity, justice and respect as a goal to accomplish and photography as a tool to build bridges towards that goal. I feel those ideas further and further away, but the further I feel them, the more I think they are deeply needed…


Mi fotografía desde entonces ha mantenido esa orientación, visión que Foundry, familia de la que formo parte desde el primer workshop en México, D.F, me ha ayudado a afinar, completar y expandir. Mi trabajo se ha publicado en TIME Magazine, Leica Magazine, Marianne, Neue Zurcher Zeintung, New Scientist entre otras publicaciones y ha sido exhibido en Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Francia, España, Austria, Alemania y Cambodia. En paralelo al trabajo de fotógrafo he dado talleres de fotografía participativa y fotoperiodismo en México, Argentina, Haití, España, Colombia y Venezuela, mi país natal donde desarrollo la mayor parte de mi trabajo documental sobre la violencia que asola el país y sus causas y consecuencias. Este trabajo me ha valido recientemente el importante Grant Magnum Emergency Fund 2014 otorgado por Magnum Foundation.

 

Image Gallery

 

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.