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


Now in its 12th year, the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop offers majority world students who could not otherwise afford it a chance to learn from some of the world's most well respected photojournalists and photography professionals.

Following up on a conversation on the Lightstalkers website, an online community of photojournalists and travelers, Foundry became a reality when Co-Founders, Eric and Sharon Beecroft, asked some of the top working photojournalists to donate a week of their time to the project in 2008. They wanted volunteer teachers with real world experience whose enthusiasm and passion for photography, and skill in teaching the craft, would ignite their students desire to tell the stories of their own communities. When they reached out, the response was overwhelming. 

"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

All of the instructors volunteer their time and talent, coming from the workshop region and abroad, bringing with them a commitment to a better future through responsible visual journalism.  Past instructors have included: Ron Haviv, Maggie, John Stanmeyer, Andrea Bruce, Adrianna Zehbrauskas, Kirsten Luce, Michael Robinson Chavez, James Whitlow Delano, Jared Moossy, Paula Braunstein, Edward Echwalu, Ashley Gilbertson, Ben Bohane, Sebastian Liste, Smita Sharma, Ashima Nahrain, Oscar Castillo, Natalie Keyssar and others.


Foundry Photojournalism Workshops have been held in Mexico City (2008), Manali (2009), Istanbul (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Chiang Mai (2012), Sarajevo (2013), Antigua (2014), Bali (2015), Cape Town (2016), a return to Mexico City for the 10th year anniversary (2017) and Kolkata (2018). Foundry students have gone on to successful careers, publishing stories for National Geographic, The New York Times, Time, Stern, Paris Match and others while winning prestigious awards from the Pulitizer Prize to POY to World Press and more, with some even returning to Foundry to teach the next generation.


Since 2011, PhotoWings has created an archive of Foundry faculty interviews, Lessons In The Field, evening presentations and photos to help educate and inspire students of the Foundry Photojournalism community and beyond.  Our extensive online content and lessons embodied in the PhotoWings Outreach Program are available to all.


In 2019, PhotoWings will be supporting the Workshop for the 9th consecutive year. In partnership with The VII Academy, Foundry will travel this year to Kigali, Rwanda to continue providing high quality photography education to a new generation of visual journalists.


Watch interviews with 2018 Foundry instructors:

Ron Haviv

Maggie Steber

James Whitlow Delano

Adriana Zehbrauskas


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. 


2019 Instructors



Edward Echwalu

Edward is a documentary photographer and photojournalist with a wealth of experience spanning a decade, having worked across the African continent. As photojournalist, a writer and blogger, he has covered major and historical events around Uganda and the continent, many of which, have been in the areas of health, conflict and development. Edward holds a bachelors degree in Mass Communication with a bias in photojournalism. He has previously done freelance work for Reuters News Agency, The Daily Monitor, The Observer Newspaper and a number of NGO’s. He has also done several commissioned documentary projects across East Africa and Africa for UN commission Uganda, UNDP, UNFPA, UN Foundation, UNHCR, Dan Church Aid, UN AIDS, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, We Effect and USAID among others.

He has published in several global media outlets; Washington post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Dailymail UK, The Guardian, GQ Mazgine, BuzzFeeds News, Marie Claire, Forbes, FourFourTwo magazine. He’s a current contributor to Everyday Africa- part of Everyday Projects.

He emerged the 1st Runner Up in the CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards 2012 (Muhammed Amin Photographic Award) in Lusaka, Zambia, for his coverage of opposition protests (Walk to Work). In 2013, his submission was among the highly commended at the CNN African Journalist of the Year Award (Muhammed Amin Photographic Award) in Cape Town, South Africa. Edward was also a winner of Uganda’s coveted Photojournalism price, The Cranimer Mugerwa Photojournalism Award 2009. He is a member of several reputable journalism associations like the Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa and Foreign Correspondents Association of Uganda among others. A highly motivated individual, he is a team player with the ability to adapt to change; flexible, ambitious and with a deep interest in Global Development as a whole.

Edward Echwalu has worked in; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia.


Andrew Esiebo

Andrew was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He started out in photography by chronicling the rapid development of urban Nigeria as well as the country's rich culture and heritage. As his work began to gain international recognition, Andrew started to explore new creative territories, integrating multimedia practice with the investigation of themes such as sexuality, gender politics, football, popular culture, migration, religion and spirituality.

His work has been exhibited at: the Sao Paulo biennials in Brazil, Dakart, Dakar, Senegal, Biennale Cuvee, Linz in Austria, Photo Quai biennials, Paris in France, Guangzhou Triennial, Beijingin China, the Chobi Mela V Photo Festival in Bangladesh, Noorderlitch Photo Festival in Netherlands, Bamako African Photography Encounters Bamako in Mali and the Lagos Photo Festival , Lagos in Nigeria among others.

Andrew has been awarded a number of artistic residencies  by Institut Franicais (formerly Cultures France) Visa Pour Creation, Paris,  Africa Beyond programme,Gasworks, London, Gyeonggi Creation Center, South Korea and at the Bag factory Art residency Johannesburg, South Africa. Andrew is the winner of the 2011 Musee du Quai Branly Artistic creation prize.

In 2010, he was selected for the Road to twenty ten project to form an All-Africa Dream Team of 16 journalists / Photographers to provide alternative stories from the World Cup in South Africa.

His attention to social issues has seen him working for several local and international institutions including The Kings College London, University of Padova, Italy, The Photographers Gallery, London, Action Aids, WHO, UNICEF, Women for Women, MSH Nigeria and several others.

His works have been published in books, magazines and websites such as New York Times, Courrier International, Le Point, Financial Times,, Marie Claire Italia, Time Out Nigeria, Mail & Guardian online, Bloomberg, Laia Books, Geo-Lino, KIT, CNN, AL Jazeera and African style magazine Arise.

He is based in Nigeria from where he works around the world.


Ron Haviv

Ron is an Emmy nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe.

In the last three decades, Haviv has covered more than twenty-five conflicts and worked in over one hundred countries. He has published three critically acclaimed collections of photography, and his work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haviv's photographs are in the collections at The Houston Museum of Fine Arts and George Eastman House amongst others as well as numerous private collections.

Haviv has produced an unflinching record of the injustices of war and his photography has had singular impact. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade of conflict, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal in The Hague. President George H.W. Bush cited Haviv’s chilling photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention.

His film work has appeared on PBS’s Need to Know and Frontline as well as NBC Nightly News and ABC World News Tonight. He has directed short films for ESPN, People Magazine, Doctors Without Borders, Asia Society and American Photography. Haviv’s music videos have been on the MTV Europe and Sol Musica channels in Spain.

His first photography book, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, was called “One of the best non-fiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek. His two other monographs are Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul and Haiti: 12 January 2010.

Haviv has helped create multi-platform projects for Doctors Without Borders' DR Congo: The Forgotten War and Starved for Attention, Unicef's Child Alert for Darfur and Sri Lanka and the International Committee of the Red Cross's World at War.

His commercial clients include Ad Council, American Express, BAE, Canon USA, ESPN, IBM and Volkswagen.

Haviv is the central character in six documentary films, including National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk, in which he speaks about the dangers of combat photography, including his numerous detentions and close calls. He has provided expert analysis and commentary on ABC World News, BBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America and The Charlie Rose Show.

Bio photo/John Stanmeyer/VII


Krisanne Johnson

Krisanne grew up in Xenia, Ohio. She graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and pursued postgraduate work in visual communications at Ohio University.

She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2006, Krisanne has been working on long-term personal projects about young women and HIV/AIDS in Swaziland and South Africa's post-apartheid youth culture.

Krisanne’s work has been exhibited internationally and has appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker, TIME, The New York Times, Fader, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, US News & World Report, L’Espresso (Italy), Vanity Fair (Italy), D la Repubblica (Italy). She is represented by Prospekt Photo Agency in Milan, Italy.

Apart from her documentary work, her fashion work has been shown during the International Center for Photography’s Year of Fashion in the group exhibit, Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now, curated by Vince Aletti and Carol Squiers. In 2012, this work was also included in the group show, Black Gossamer, at the Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago curated by Camille Morgan.


Claire Rosen

Claire is an award-winning artist whose elaborate constructions often feature anthropomorphic animals, archetypal heroines, or symbolic still-lives evoking the aesthetics of classical painting influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and referencing the Victorian Era. The transportive images captivate with a fascination of the natural world and ideals of beauty.

In 2012 and 2013, Claire earned a place on Forbes “30 under 30” list for Art & Design. Her work has also received recognition from Aesthetica Art Prize, Communication Arts Photo Annual, IPA, Graphis, PDN Photo Annual, People’s Choice Photoville Fence, Photolucida Critical Mass, Prix de la Photographie and Sony World Awards. Her work has been featured in Complex Art+Design, Creative Quarterly Journal, Der Greif, Direct Art, Faded + Blurred, Fast & Co, featureShoot, The Guardian UK Observer, Hi Fructose Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, NPR Weekend Edition, National Geographic Proof, PDN, Refinery29, Slate Magazine, The Washington Post Insights, and The World Photography Organization.

Exhibited worldwide, from New York to Seoul, Rosen's work can be found in a number of collections. Her first solo museum show was at SCAD Savannah Museum of Art in Georgia (2013) and her work has been included in juried and group shows at Annenberg Space for Photography, Aperture Gallery, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Consensus, MOPLA, PhotoPlace Gallery, with five consecutive years on the Photoville Fence in Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Calgary, 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, her portfolio of commissioned images bridges the gap between fine art and commercial work.

In addition, Claire speaks about the creative process 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 FujiFilm US and Hahnemühle USA.

Claire graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 and Bard College at Simon's Rock in 2003.

Claire is currently restoring a historic farm in rural northern chester county, PA.


Daniel Schwartz

Daniel graduated from Zurich School of Arts and Craft (now Zurich University of the Arts) in 1980. He concentrates on book projects, with exhibitions, based on extensive travels, photographic essays, and reportages covering the Eastern Hemisphere from Iran to East Timor, from Turkmenistan to Bangladesh. Schwartz's art is documentary; it is in the history of places. His journalism is not a reaction to events; it builds on memory. His method is best expressed in "Travelling through the Eye of History" (published, in 2009, like all his books by Thames & Hudson), a pre- and post-9/11 observation covering Central Asia including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kashmir.

In 1987/1988, during a forbidden journey, Schwartz became the first foreigner and photographer to travel along all sections of the Great Wall of China. His reportages about the habitats of South and Southeast Asia's deltas, endangered by the consequences of climate change, were an early photojournalistic investigation of climate change, celebrated by the Financial Times as a “visual j’accuse” and made him twice a finalist of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography (1993 and 1995). A sequel to his work "Delta" (published 1997) and awareness project, "While the Fires Burn: A Glacier Odyssey" is featured in "Beyond the Obvious," a film about Schwartz's life and work, to be released in 2018.

From 1990 to 2005, Schwartz was a member of the editorial team of DU, and became the prestigious magazine's second staff photographer after Werner Bischof. From 1996 to 2004, he was a member of Lookat Photos Agency and conceived and curated major traveling exhibitions. He is a member of the Advisory Board, Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice at Tufts University. In 2012, he was Visiting Artist at the Center for Studies in the Theory and History of Photography, Institute of Art History, University of Zurich. In 2010, Schwartz was awarded the prestigious Cultural Price of the Canton of Zurich.

Schwartz had major solo exhibitions, e.g. at the Kunsthaus Zurich (1986) and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2011), and participated in group exhibitions stretching from the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles (1988) to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2011).


Nichole Sobecki

Nichole is a photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is represented internationally by the photo agency VII.

Nichole graduated from Tufts University before beginning her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights. From 2012-2015 Nichole led Agence France-Presse’s East Africa video bureau, and was a Rory Peck Awards News Finalist for her coverage of the Westgate mall attacks in Kenya. In 2018 she was awarded by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize in new media for her images documenting Europe's response to the the African migration crisis. Nichole's work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year, the One World Media Awards, the Alexandra Boulat Award for Photojournalism, The Magenta Foundation, and The Jacob Burns Film Center, among others. 

She is also a contributor to Everyday Africa, a collection of images shot on mobile phones across the continent, and an attempt to showcase the moments missing from dramatic news images — everyday life that is neither idealized nor debased. 

Nichole aims to create photographs and films that demand consideration for the lives of those represented – their joys, challenges, and ultimately their humanity.

She has completed assignments throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia for National Geographic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Foreign Policy, The Financial Times Magazine, The Guardian, and Le Monde, and her work has been exhibited internationally.


Sarah Waiswa

Sarah is a Ugandan born Kenya-based freelance documentary and portrait photographer with an interest in exploring identity on the African continent, particularly the New African Identity. Her work focuses on changing the narrative on Africa by generating dialogue on developing issues through visual documentation. She is currently involved in a Trans African photographic journey, documenting daily city life in all 54 countries of Africa over a period of five years. After getting both her sociology and psychology degrees and working in a corporate position for a number of years, she decided to pursue photography full time. It was one of the hardest/easiest decisions she ever made.

A storyteller, Sarah’s work focuses on identity and explores themes surrounding isolation and belonging. From the persecution of people with Albinism, to children practicing ballet in Kibera. In more recent work, in the long-term project Kimbanguism, Sarah explores the Kimbanguist faith as an afro Christian movement but one rooted in resistance against a colonial regime that imprisoned their black messiah for 30 years.

Her portraiture project, "Stranger in a Familiar Land", explores the persecution of albinos in sub-Saharan Africa, in which they are hunted for the perceived magical powers of their body parts. The series sets an albino woman against a background of the Nairobian slums of Kibera, which represent the stormy outside world. The model's dreamlike pose in societal isolation reflects both the model's alienation and the photographer's hesitance towards her society. Waiswa developed the project to raise awareness after reading a newspaper article about treatment of albinos in Tanzania. Part of their shoot consisted of responding to the jeering throng. Aida Muluneh, the photographer who presented the award, described Waiswa's photography as reflecting her surroundings' complexities. While Sarah Moroz of i-D praised the clarity with which Waiswa presented the isolation of albino identity, as the model's lighthearted accessories defied an insurmountable air of rejection, Sean O'Hagan of The Guardian considered the otherwise "brave" effort "oddly overstaged".

Waiswa's work explores what she calls a "New African Identity": how younger generations of Africans feel more expressive and less restrained by tradition than their predecessors. She also sought to counteract stereotypical depictions of Africa, often the result of foreign rather than native photographers. Additionally, many of her subjects are women.

In 2016, Waiswa was working with photographer Joel Lukhovi on "African Cityzens", which records daily life in multiple African cities. They participated in a 2017 book that shows the Maasai people in truthful, quotidian context, rather than as stereotypical warriors. For Waiswa, the project consummated a search for information on a poorly documented ancient female deity.



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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.

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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.