2015 Foundry Workshop Kicks off In Bali, Indonesia

Kael Alford delivering the keynote address to the 2015 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Bali, Indonesia on July 19, 2015.  She urged students not to fear taking risks with their work as a means of growing, as what appear to be failures often when adjusted just a bit can lead to major successes.
Kael Alford delivering the keynote address to the 2015 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Bali, Indonesia on July 19, 2015. She urged students not to fear taking risks with their work as a means of growing, as what appear to be failures often when adjusted just a bit can lead to major successes.

Bali, Indonesia, July 19, 2015. Nearly 100 emerging photographers, the majority from South and Southeast Asia, gathered today in the town of Ubud on the island of Bali for a weeklong workshop to hone their visual story-telling skills.

This eighth year of the workshop also brought together over a dozen instructors, including some of the worlds “name-brand” photojournalists – whose work appears regularly in major publications and media outlets around the world. These instructors will work with students to improve their visual storytelling skills. The instructors and staff volunteer their time.

In her keynote talk instructor Kael Alford, former Niemann Fellow at Harvard University and university professor of photojournalism, urged all students to take risks with their work and not to fear failing (because it rarely happens). She told stories of two former students who felt they were failing in a photographic project but actually weren’t, and who then rebuilt the “failing” projects into successes and award-winning careers.

Founder Eric Beecroft also recognized and thanked Suzie Katz and PhotoWings for their important support for Foundry.

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