Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2023

Foundry Photojournalism Workshop
International 2023

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Now in its fifteenth year, Foundry Photojournalism Workshop is again bringing students together to learn visual journalism in an online celebration of our global industry. This year's workshop includes photographers from around the world, through an intensive month-long virtual session. This year's workshop hosted 94 students from 40 countries, and was taught in 9 languages

Foundry offers majority world students and those from underrepresented communities in G20 countries who could not otherwise afford it a chance to learn from some of the world’s most well-respected photojournalists and photography professionals.

Our teachers share diverse perspectives gained from the breadth of their experiences working around the world. Foundry instructors will hold a series of four classes (three group classes and a one-on-one session) in the weeks leading up to the online workshop on December 9-11, 2022. During the Workshop, there will be faculty talks and expert lectures (followed by Q&A) and portfolio reviews with editors from national and international publications. There will also be student presentations, awards, and social mixers.

Our partnership with Foundry includes creating a series called "Lessons Learned” in which PhotoWings invites Foundry instructors to reflect on how some of their experiences have impacted their life and work. Videos of these interviews will be available on our website.

Explore past Foundry workshop interviews and presentations here.

Watch: Susan Katz - Foundry 2023 Opening Presentation



We are honored to present this series of extended interviews, created with the 2023 Foundry International instructors and presenters.

2023 Instructors


Ali Arkady

[Individual Classes taught in Arabic and Kurdish]

Ali Arkady is an artist, photographer, and filmmaker from Iraq. In 2009, Ali joined Metrography, the first Iraqi photo agency; in 2014, he joined VII Photo Agency as part of the VII Mentor Program. In 2017, Ali had to flee Iraq with his family when his life was threatened after photographing Iraqi armed forces committing war crimes. He sought refuge in Europe, where he was granted asylum and has subsequently built a new life.

His photographs of war crimes in Iraq were published worldwide by international media and put pressure on the Iraqi government to acknowledge the crimes committed by their soldiers. For this work, he won the prestigious Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents in 2017 and the Free Press Unlimited Most Resilient Journalist Award in 2019 for his exceptional courage and persistence. In addition, his work was shown as part of the Venice Biennale 2017.

Ali’s work focused on armed conflict and the daily life of his fellow citizens during the American occupation and the rise of the Islamic State. For over 18 years, he has portrayed the conflicts that Iraq has experienced and the consequences of that conflict with sensitivity and an unflinching eye. His work in Iraq also includes illuminating the Yazidis’ plight, the Islamic State’s violence, and the ensuing displacement of internal populations. He has also worked in Syria, Turkey, Tunisia, and Europe.

He became a teacher in a UNHCR program for several Yazidi girls fleeing Islamic State who wanted to train to be photojournalists. He continues to mentor several of the students seven years later, and, in addition, he teaches young men and women from the Arab-speaking world through programs at the VII Academy.


Michael Robinson Chavez

[Classes taught in Spanish]

Michael Robinson Chávez, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for The Washington Post, became seduced by photography after a friend gave him a camera before a trip to Peru in 1988. A native Californian and half Peruvian, he previously worked with the Associated PressThe Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times and is a graduate of San Francisco State University. Robinson Chávez has covered assignments in over 75 countries including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the collapse of Venezuela, violence in Mexico,   tsunamis in Indonesia and Chile, the Egyptian revolution, gold mining in Peru and the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war. 

He was part of a team from The Washington Post awarded a 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of the January 6th coup attempt on the US Capitol and for Explanatory Journalism in 2019 covering climate change. He is also a three-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Photojournalism and was named Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International in 2020. His photographs have been exhibited in France, Australia, Peru, United States, Croatia, Georgia and Spain. He teaches photo workshops through the Leica Akademie. 


Manoocher Deghati

[Classes taught in Farsi]

Manoocher Deghati has been photographing news, conflicts and social issues around the globe since 1978, starting with the Iranian revolution and subsequent war between Iran and Iraq. 

After being exiled from his native country in 1985, he worked for several major agencies (Black Star, Sipa, Keystone, AFP) and important international magazines, such as Time, Life, Newsweek, Paris Match, GEO, and National Geographic Magazine. In addition, he held management positions and photographed for the United Nations on four continents. 

In 2002, he founded the AINA Photojournalism Institute in Kabul. After directing the photo operation for The Associated Press in the Middle East for four years, he decided to teach and work as an independent photographer from his home base in Southern Italy.


Stefano De Luigi

[Classes taught in French]

Stefano De Luigi began shooting in 1989 after studies at ISF (Instituto Superiore di Fotografia) in Rome. In 2000 he received the Honorable Mention of Leica Oskar Barnack Award. That same year he started Pornoland, a photographic journey on pornographic movie sets around the world. In 2004 Pornoland became a book with 16 pages of text by Martin Amis. Pornoland has been published by Thames & Hudson, Knessebeck,  La Martinière and Contrasto. and has been exhibited at REA gallery (Paris 2004), Santa Cecilia gallery (Rome 2005), Lanificio (Naples 2006), Festival Transphotographiques (Lille 2007), and the New York Photo Festival (NY 2011). 

He has held personal exhibitions at WHO Headquarters  (Geneva 2010), VII Gallery (New York 2010), 10b Gallery (Rome 2010), Museum of Modern Art (Rovereto 2011), Photofestival (Athens 2011/15), Fondazione Stelline (Milan, 2013) FotoIstanbul (2015) , Candiani Cultural Center (Venice 2017) Plenum Gallery  (Catania 2018) Museum of Palazzo Ducale (Genes 2019) Image Gibellina 2021, Photolux (Lucca 2022) Planches Contact (Deauville 2022). 

From 2003 to 2010, he worked on Blindness, his main work, which lasted 8 years as a photographic project on the life condition of blind and low vision people around the world. Blindness received the patronage of Vision 2020- World Health Organisation and won the W.E. Smith Fellowship Grant in 2007.

In 2006 he began project Cinema Mundi, a World Cinema exploration of the alternative cinematographic scene external to the Hollywood dream factory including China, Russia, Iran, Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea and India. Cinema Mundi has been also transformed into a 7-minute short movie screened at Locarno International Film Festival on August 4th, 2007.

He has been awarded in the World Press Photo contest four times in different categories (1998-2007-2010-2011). In 2009,  the Moving Walls of Open Society Foundation exhibited his work in Washington and New York. In 2010 He was the recipient of the Days Japan International Photojournalism Award and the Getty Grant for Editorial Photography, Syngenta Prize 2015, CNC grant for the documentary”Mare Amarum” 2019, Planches Contacts grant 2022.

He has  published 5 books: Pornoland (Contrasto 2004), Blanco, (Trolley book 2010) iDyssey, (Edition Bessard 2017) Babel with Michela Battaglia (Postcart 2018), and Pornoland Redux (Self-published 2021). His newest book is Il Bel Paesewhich will be presented in ParisPhoto next November.


Marko Drobnjakovic

[Classes taught in Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian]

Marko Drobnjakovic is a freelance documentary photographer based out of Belgrade, Serbia. He graduated from Belgrade University with a B. Sc. and M. Sc. in Engineering. His photography focuses on post-conflict societies, and includes stories related to the Iraq conflict, the turmoil and escalation of conflict in Ukraine, the rise and fall of ISIS in northern Iraq, the refugee crisis in Europe and the aftermath and consequences of the Yugoslav wars.

Marko worked on feature assignments for publications and clients that include The Associated Press, NBC, MSF, International Rescue Committee, Human Rights Watch, Der Spiegel, El Pais and The New Yorker. Awards and grants include the Magnum Foundation Grant, Pulitzer Prize finalist for Breaking News Photography, Yunghi Kim Grant, Aftermath Project Grant finalist, Ochberg Fellowship, Logan Nonfiction Fellowship, Alfred Toepfer Fellowship Grant.


Stephen Ferry

[Classes taught in Spanish]

Since the late 1980s, Stephen Ferry has traveled to dozens of countries, covering social and political change, human rights, and the environment. He has contributed to the New York Times, GEO, TIME, National Geographic and many other publications. Stephen has also worked as a visual investigator with Human Rights Watch

His first book, I Am Rich Potosí: The Mountain that Eats Men (Monacelli, 1999) documents the historical legacy of the Spanish Conquest on the Quechua miners of Potosí, Bolivia. Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict(Umbrage/Icono, 2012) is the result of over ten years of documentation and investigation into Colombia’s complex armed conflict. Violentology received the first Tim Hetherington Grant, awarded by World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch for the long-term documentation of human rights issues. In 2018, Stephen and his sister, the anthropologist Elizabeth Ferry, published LA BATEA(Icono/Red Hook Editions, 2018).

Stephen’s work has received numerous prizes in international photographic contests, and has received grants and fellowships from the National Geographic Expeditions Council, the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Howard Chapnick Fund, the Knight International Press Fellowship, the Getty Images Grant for Good grant, the Open Society Foundations and the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, among others.


Kirsten Luce

[Classes taught in English]

Kirsten Luce is an independent photojournalist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times and National Geographic. She is best known for her documentation of immigration and law enforcement on the US/Mexico border and a cover story for National Geographic looking at the dark side of wildlife tourism.

She began her career at the American newspapers The Monitor in McAllen, TX, and The Birmingham News in Alabama and remains a huge proponent of community-based journalism. 

She was an adjunct assistant professor of photojournalism at Columbia University from 2013-2017 and she has taught photojournalism at Foundry Photojournalism Workshops and National Geographic Photo Camps around the world. 


Smita Sharma

[Classes taught in Hindi/English]

Smita Sharma is a Delhi based award winning photojournalist and visual storyteller reporting on critical human rights, gender, social justice and environmental issues in her own community as well as in the Global South on assignments for Human Rights Watch, National Geographic Magazine, TIME and other publications.

From documenting the effect of pregnancy on girl’s education in Kenya to child marriage in Nepal, and sex-trafficking in South Asia, Sharma is committed to representing people with dignity and telling underrepresented stories with impact. 

Smita is a TED fellow, TED Speaker and an IWMF reporting fellow. For Stolen Lives, her in-depth work documenting minor sex trafficking in India and Bangladesh for National Geographic Magazine, she received the Amnesty International Media award for photojournalism and the Fetisov Journalism Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting. Smita also received the Indian Of The Year award 2017, Exceptional Women of Excellence award 2018, Las Fotos Advocacy 2021 award and One World Media UK award for her short film Rebels with a Cause.

Smita is actively engaged in public speaking, victim advocacy and international public education and her work has been exhibited and shown globally, including at the UN Headquarters in New York. She recently published her first photo book We Cry In Silence documenting cross-border trafficking of underage girls in South Asia published by FotoEvidence and is organising a campaign in the region aimed at educating and raising awareness amongst the communities most vulnerable to human trafficking.

She is a member of The Photo Society, a community of National Geographic Magazine photographers and part of Women Photograph and Diversify Photo community. She has taken HEFAT training in Mexico City and is available for assignments and public speaking globally.

Sharma is a graduate from the photojournalism and documentary photography program of International Center of Photography, New York and has a post graduate diploma in Journalism from University of Pune.

Book – ‘We Cry in Silence’ published by FotoEvidence in September 2022.

Watch Smita’s TED talk presented at TEDWomen 2021.


Maggie Steber

[Classes taught in English]

Maggie Steber, a documentary photographer specializing in humanistic stories, has worked in 67 countries. Her honors include a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2017, the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson Grant, the Ernst Haas Grant, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project. Steber has worked in Haiti for three decades. Aperture published her monograph, “Dancing on Fire.”

In 2013, Steber was named as one of eleven “Women of Vision” by National Geographic Magazine with an exhibition that traveled to five cities. Steber served as a Newsweek contract photographer and as Assistant Managing Editor of Photography and Features at The Miami Herald, overseeing projects that won a Pulitzer.  Her work is included in the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Foundation Collection, and The Richter Library. She exhibits internationally. Clients include National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, AARP, The Guardian, and Geo Magazine. Steber teaches workshops internationally including at the World Press Joop Swart Master Classes, the International Center for Photography, Foundry Workshops, and the Obscura Photo Festival.


Adriana Zehbrauskas

[Classes taught in Portuguese]

Adriana Zehbrauskas is a Brazilian documentary photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work is largely focused on issues related to migration, religion, human rights, underrepresented communities and the violence resulting from the drug trade in Mexico, Central and South America. As a documentary photographer the core of her work is aimed at moving, challenging and connecting people through the stories she works on. 

She contributes regularly with the The New York Times, UNICEF, CNN, The Washington Post and The Guardian. Her work has been widely published in outlets such as The New Yorker, Stern, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Libération, Folha de S. Paulo, Bloomberg and El País, among others.

She is the recipient of a 2022/23 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award Citation2021 Maria Moors Cabot Prize 2021 Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Award Honorable Mention, a New York Press Club Award in Feature-Science Medicine and Technology in the Newspaper category for the article “Zika’s Legacy: Catastrophic Consequences of a Continuing Crisis (NY-2018) and a POY International (2019). She was a finalist for the Premio Gabo (2018) and received two Honorable Mentions at the Julia Margaret Cameron Award (2018).

Adriana is one of the three photographers profiled in the documentary “Beyond Assignment” (USA, 2011, produced by The Knight Center for International Media and the University of Miami. She’s a recipient of the first Getty Images Instagram Grant (2015) and was awarded Best Female Photojournalist in her native Brazil (Troféu Mulher Imprensa). Her mobile photography work was selected by Time Magazine for the “29 Instagrams That Defined the World in 2014″ and her project on Faith in Brazil and Mexico was awarded a Art & Worship World Prize by the Niavaran Artistic Creation Foundation. 

She’s an instructor with the International Center of Photography (ICP- NY), the World Press Photo Foundation, Gabriel García Márquez’s  Fundación Gabo, the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop and serves as a jury member to dozens of grants and awards worldwide, including the World Press Photo, POY LATAM and Premio Gabo.