Foundry Photojournalism Workshop

  • 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

Deadline to apply: November 4, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT

November 10th: Welcome event with special presentations

November 10th to December 8th: Four online sessions comprising of three small group classes (no more than eight students per class) and a one-on-one meeting with your teacher. 

December 9th-11th: Presentations followed by Q&A, student presentations, awards, portfolio reviews and social mixers. We’ll learn and then celebrate!


Foundry Photojournalism Workshop provides 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. During the pandemic, PhotoWings will partner with the VII Academy to offer an online version of the Workshop.


Following up on a conversation on the Lightstalkers website, an online community of photojournalists and travelers, Foundry first came into being in 2008 when Co-Founders Eric and Sharon Beecroft, asked some of the top working photojournalists to donate a week of their time to the project. 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. The response was overwhelming. 

Today Foundry instructors still volunteer their time and talent, coming to the workshop from the region and abroad, bringing with them a commitment to a better future through responsible visual journalism.  Past instructors have included Ben Bohane, Paula Braunstein, Andrea Bruce, Oscar Castillo, Michael Robinson Chavez, James Whitlow Delano, Edward Echwalu, Andrew Eisebo, Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv, Natalie Keyssar, Sebastian Liste, Kirsten Luce, Jared Moossy, Ashima Nahrain, Daniel Schwartz, Smita Sharma, Nichole Sobecki, Maggie Steber, John Stanmeyer, Sarah Waiswa, and Adrianna Zehbrauskas, among 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), Kolkata (2018) and Kigali (2019). Foundry students have gone on to successful careers, publishing stories for National Geographic, The New York Times, Time, Stern, Paris Match and have won prestigious awards ranging from the Pulitzer Prize to POY to World Press and more. Some have returned to Foundry to teach the next generation.


In our 10 years as a Foundry partner, PhotoWings has created an archive of Foundry faculty interviews, Lessons In The Field, evening presentations and photos to educate and inspire the Foundry community and beyond.  Our extensive online content and lessons on our website are available to all.

Foundry 2021 operated from
November 10 to December 12, 2021.

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. 


2021 Instructors


Ali Arkady - Arabic and Kurdish languages

Ali Arkady is an artist, photographer, and filmmaker from Khanaqin, Iraq. A graduate of Khanaqin Institute of Fine Art, he has been working as an independent photographer since 2006. In 2014 Ali joined VII Photo Agency as part of their VII Mentor Program, and is now an Emeritus member.

Ali’s work has focused on wounded and disabled Iraqis during the war, as well as the daily life of his countrymen. He has done intimate work on the plight of the Yazidis, an ethnic group residing in Syria and Iraq, after their expulsion by Daesh (Islamic State). More recently Ali produced some of the most important evidence of war crimes in the past 30 years when covering Iraqi forces in the battles for Mosul: he portrayed humanitarian conditions and conflicts with sensitivity and an unflinching eye.

Ali chose to cover the deteriorating situations of his people following the regime change of 2003. He has presented a compelling work titled ‘Iraq: Situations’ for the internationally acclaimed project ‘Over My Eyes’ produced by DARST which features several of the most important Iraq contemporary photographers.

He won the Most Resilient Journalist Award (2019) for his exceptional courage and persistence, the prestigious Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents (2017), and had his work shown as part of the Venice Biennale (2017).

His current projects include covering immigrants conditions in Europe, as well as documenting Middle East artists who left their country.


Eric Bouvet - French language

Eric Bouvet began his photographic career in 1981 after studying art and graphic industries in Paris. He has covered major international events including the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, Tiananmen Square in China, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Prague’s Velvet Revolution, the U.S. attack on Libya, the release of Nelson Mandela, the Olympic Games, and the migrant crisis in Europe.

His work has been published in many international magazines including Time, Life, Newsweek, Paris-Match, Stern, The New York Time’s Magazine, and The Sunday Times Magazine. For the past 20 years, he has given workshops in Arles and many European countries.

Along the way, Bouvet has received five World Press Awards, as well as two Visa d’Or Awards (Perpignan Photo Festival), the gold medal for the 150th anniversary of photography, the Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents, the Public award from Bayeux-Calvados, the Front Line Club award, and the Paris-Match Award.


Vanessa Charlot - English language

Vanessa Charlot is an award-winning documentary photographer, photojournalist, filmmaker, lecturer and curator. Her work focuses on the intersectionality of race, spirituality, economics and sexual/gender expression. She shoots primarily in black and white to disrupt compositional hierarchy and explore the immutability of the collective human experience. The purpose of her work is to produce visual representations free of an oppressive gaze. Vanessa seeks to humanize Black bodies through her photography, restoring the dignity and vitality of those often shot as subjects divorced from context, motives, and histories. Her work invites us all to question our relationship to what we think about when we see Black bodies as static images and in motion.

She has worked throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Southeast Asia.  Her photographs have been commissioned by the New York Times, Gucci, Vogue, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Oprah Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Apple, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, Artnet News, The Washington Post and other national and international publications. She lectures at the International Center of Photography. In 2021, she was awarded the Courage in Journalism Award presented by the International Women’s Media Foundation.


Michael Robinson Chávez - Spanish language

Michael Robinson Chávez, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, became seduced by photography after a friend gave him a camera to take on a three-month trip to Peru in 1988. A native Californian and half Peruvian, Robinson Chávez is currently on his second tour as a staff photographer at The Washington Post. Prior to that, he worked for The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and the Associated Press. He has covered assignments in over 70 countries including the collapse of Venezuela, violence in Mexico, California’s historic drought, the Egyptian revolution, gold mining in Peru, life in India and Brazil’s slums, the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war and the US led invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Robinson Chávez was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2020 as part of a staff entry from The Washington Post covering climate change. He is also a three-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for Photojournalism and was named International Photographer of the Year in 2020 by Pictures of the Year International. He is a member of Metro Collective, a frequent lecturer and has taught photographic workshops in over 20 countries.


Manoocher Deghati - Farsi language

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 of Iran 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 has 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 has decided to teach and work as an independent photographer from his new home base in Southern Italy.


Ziyah Gafic - Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian language

Ziyah Gafic is an award-winning photojournalist and videographer based in Sarajevo focusing on societies locked in a perpetual cycle of violence and Muslim communities around the world. He covered major stories in over 50 countries including conflicts in Chechnya, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan. Ziyah’s work received many prestigious awards such as multiple awards at World Press Photo, Grand Prix Discovery of the Year at Les Rencontres d’Arles, Hasselblad Masters Award, City of Perpignan Award for Young Reporters at Visa pour l’Image, Photo District News, Getty Images grant for editorial photography, TED fellowship, Prince Claus grant, and Magnum Emergency fund grant. His work is regularly published in leading international publications. Ziyah authored several monographs including Troubled Islam – Short Stories from Troubled Societies, Quest for Identity, and the most recent, Heartland. Ziyah is TED speaker and Logan fellow.


Mary Gelman - Russian language

Mary Gelman is a Russian photographer with VII Photo Agency based in Saint Petersburg. In 2016, she received a BA in sociology, and she graduated from the School of Modern Photography Docdocdoc (Saint Petersburg). She was a participant in various international and local workshops. She works as a photojournalist and teacher. The most important part of her professional life is personal projects. She explores the larger world through close personal narratives. Mary focuses on issues of gender and body, boundary and identity, discrimination and the human relationship with the environment.

Mary Gelman’s photography has been published in The Washington Post, National Geographic, Internazionale, Buzzfeed, and other international magazines.


Nichole Sobecki - English language

Nichole Sobecki is an American photographer and filmmaker with VII Photo Agency based in Nairobi, Kenya.

After graduating from Tufts University, Nichole spent the early years of her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights. From 2012-2015, she led Agence France-Presse’s East Africa video bureau and was a 2014 Rory Peck Awards News Finalist for her coverage of the Westgate mall attacks in Kenya. 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, and her work has been exhibited internationally.


Maggie Steber - English language

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.


Dar Yasin - English language

Dar Yasin is an Indian photographer and journalist based in Srinagar. He was one of three photojournalists from Associated Press to win the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 2020 for his pictures of India’s crackdown on Kashmir.[2]  He has extensively covered the Kashmir conflict, South Asia Earthquake and its aftermath, and the historical opening of the bus route between divided Kashmir.

He has covered the Afghan War, Afghan Refugees and Daily life of war-torn Afghanis. Dar has also covered the Rohingya refugee crisis who fled large-scale violenceand persecution in Myanmar. His works have appeared in all majo r newspapers and news magazines around the globe. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Dar’s work has earned him dozens of international photo awards including NPPA’s Best of PhotojournalismPOY-Asia, and the inaugural Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award for a compelling collection of photographs chronicling the ongoing conflict in Kashmir. In 2017 he received the NPPA Humanitarian Award which is presented to an individual for playing a key role in the saving of lives or in rescue situations. His work has also been exhibited in Visa Pour L’images in Perpignan.



Adriana Zehbrauskas - Portuguese language

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. She contributes regularly to the The New York Times, UNICEF and BuzzFeed News and her work has been widely published in outlets such as The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Stern, Le Monde and El País, among others.

She has won numerous international awards and 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 and was awarded Best Female Photojournalist –Troféu Mulher Imprensa (Brazil). She’s an instructor with the International Center of Photography (ICP- NY), the World Press Photo Foundation, and the Gabriel García Márquez’s Fundación Gabo, and serves as a jury member to dozens of grants and awards worldwide. 



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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.