Missouri Photo Workshop
For over 60 years, the Missouri Photo Workshop has challenged photographers from around the world to hone their skills by documenting the fascinating stories of small town life in Missouri. Slideshows, starting with images from the first Workshop in 1949, reveal a continuum of well-researched and skilfully captured local stories drawn from the work of international participants who are guided by MVP’s faculty of respected photojournalists. The MPW moves to a new town each year, and has over the years, created a constellation of stories that, taken as a whole, form an intimate and original portrait of Middle America’s changes.
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
The museum’s collection and exhibition schedule highlights modern and contemporary work which address social and historical issues. Its other, complimentary, strength is a commitment to public outreach and public education programs, through lectures, workshops and after-school programs.
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
National Press Photographers Association site provides a central meeting place where photojournalists can discuss topics that relate to the profession and stay current through the Association’s schedule of workshops and seminars. Established professional donate their skills for workshops that address the art and science of storytelling. The site also contains news and events pages, professional development information, competition notices, and services for members. Members have access to active message boards covering a broad range of topics including business, news, current events, digital editing, ethical issues and photo gear.
Pacific Street Workshops
Led by photographers Ken Schles and Jeffrey Ladd, New York’s Pacific Street Studios Photographic Workshops offers a limited schedule of specialized workshops for experienced students and professionals.
Photographic Center Northwest – Workshops
Although Seattle’s Photographic Center focuses on the promotion of fine art photography through a variety of activities, education is clearly a top priority. The Center’s on-going series of workshops cover everything from “Photoshop for Beginners” to journeys to Mexico with renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark. The Center’s school offers an accredited fine art photography certificate program, intensive 10-week courses, member and youth programs, and lectures. Other features include the non-profit gallery shows emerging and mid-career artists, juried public exhibitions, an artist-in-residence program and offers darkroom rentals. The site also offers a list of reviewed links, useful for Northwestern photographers.
Photographic Resource Center, Boston University - Workshops
Boston’s vigorous and independent photo non-profit, fulfills part of its wide-ranging mandate by offering workshops and seminars, often on specific topics and techniques and dovetail with the Center’s other educational initiatives. The PRC offers its members and the wider public up to eight annual gallery exhibitions, an ongoing series of web exhibitions, an education program which includes lectures, research resources based in the PRC’s Aaron Siskind Library and other unique events. If that were not enough, the PRC also hosts a web-based photo discussion forum, publishes In the Loupe, its stylish newsletter, and offers the annual Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Awards. Vigorous indeed!
Designed by artists for other artists and conducted in the heart of Europe’s arts Mecca, Picture Berlin is annual invitation to emerging contemporary artists and photographers to immerse themselves in an intensive 6 week program. The intention here is to blend the intensive focus of an individual studio practice with the dynamic exchange of a larger artistic community. Picture Berlin residents are provided with the space and support to advance their work, which is nourished by a schedule of lectures by Berlin-based artists, local exhibitions, studio visits and art walks, individual encounters with international artists and curators, and the supportive community of fellow residents. Perhaps the greatest attraction is Berlin’s rich art scene, always on the cutting-edge, that envelops this program.
What legendary photographer Mary-Ellen Mark, director and cinematographer Martin Bell and an ensemble of photo professionals offer is adventure travel for photographers, a kind of master class in capturing the moment while immersed in a new environment. Travel and experience are as important as the craft of photography in these journeys, and the shared moments are perhaps meant to be captured rather than documented.
Project Basho, a small artist-run photography resource center, is clearly an instigating force on Philadelphia’s photography scene, offering an ambitious program of photo related activities including exhibitions, a juried photo competition, darkroom rental, an imposing schedule of classes, lecture and film series, and – intriguingly - informal critiques.
Rayko Photo Center
In a town where people have access to some excellent photo resources, this San Francisco community photo facility manages to be nearly all things to all photographers. Each semester there are classes & workshops offered in the categories of Digital, Darkroom, and Technique. Students can put this new knowledge into practice in the Center’s rental darkrooms, digital lab and studios. The Center’s website also details their other programs and services, including a youth photo education program that features photo “summer camp,” and a gallery space with a regular roster of curated shows.
Santa Fe Workshops
The Santa Fe Workshops offer a long seasonal list of workshops. The Workshops limit class sizes and invite recognized professionals to teach - thus providing a more personal, intensive and creative experience. Another attraction is the range of Workshops’ scholarships offered by major photo companies such as Nikon, National Geographic and Kodak - of course, the beautiful Workshops’ campus in beautiful Santa Fe doesn’t hurt either. A large gallery of student work displays a sample of the Workshops’ experience.
Dennis Curtin, longtime publisher and author of many computer and photography books, made the switch to on-line publishing in 1997, and has since built a solid repertoire of “short courses” on various aspects of digital photography. Curtin’s explanations of the basics of digital photography, such as selecting a camera and how best to use it, displaying and sharing pictures, digital work flow, even pixels and image size, are clear and concise. Curtin refers to Short Courses as an “experiment,” but one gets the sense that many view this site as a valuable resource for getting started in digital photography.
Studio Marangoni Center of Contemporary Photography
The Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence, Italy is an international non-profit center for the study and exhibition of contemporary photography. FSM offers short courses, workshops and full certificate programs in traditional and digital photography for Italian and foreign students. The Fondazione is also an exhibition space that has hosted many current photography shows, has been a site for Italian photo biennial festivals, as well as collaborating in international photo festivals in Europe and the U.S.
Summit Series Photography Workshops
The Summit Series of Photography Workshops is a high-end continuing education in photography, including particular workshops on travel, adventure and sports photography, reputed for the quality of its teaching, equipment and networking possibilities.