The Power of Images in Today’s Media

with Maggie Steber

Images have the power to pen eyes, evoke emotions and instigate change. Students will discover new and innovative ways to create and share stories through research and class discussion of ideas, daily shooting, and critiques of the work done at the workshop. Students should bring portfolios, bodies of work in progress, or recently finished if possible as Maggie would like to see this work too. Participants conclude this workshop with new compelling images and ideas that reflect original thinking and vision, as well as plans for how to present the work.

On Assignment

with Adriana Zehbrauskas

This class will focus on how to  develop a photo essay and tell a visual story while working on assignment. Working fast, in the most unpredictable conditions, meeting deadlines and delivering  the photos that the editor is expecting while still maintaining your own personal style.
Each student is expected to do an assignment and work the field. Stories/general theme may be assigned or the student can choose to work on his own topic. (It is  highly advised to prepare beforehand!)
Everyday we will meet in the classroom to go over the work and discuss problems, approaches, technical difficulties, ethical dilemas, etc.
All work will be edited down to twelve images to be presented on the final evening to the whole workshop.

Finding your Voice: Storytelling and Personal Vision

with Kael Alford

In this class we will explore what keeps many photojournalists in love with their work: the process of developing personal projects that capitalize on the author’s unique voice, strengths, passions and experience. I’ll work closely with each student to produce a photo essay or multimedia package with attention to his or her personal vision and goals as a photographer, both inside and outside the workshop.
Coaching will begin before the workshop starts; you should contact me to discuss your story ideas before the workshop and send samples of your work. During the class, in individual and group critiques, we will also discuss ways to find funding and how to market free standing, photo based packages.
You’re encouraged not required to bring audio or video recording equipment and editing software such as Soundslides, Audacity or Final Cut.
Peter Di Campo will be assisting this class.

Assignment: ISTANBUL

with Henrik Kastenskov – Bombay Flying Club


It’s the workshops objective to give the student an insight into and an appreciation of online journalism/multimedia reporting techniques in order to address a rapidly changing media landscape in face of the global economic recession.


Each student/team will acquire ground level techniques to gather and edit material for use in an interactive presentation or web documentary. The students will work with sound, still photography and video as well as text. By the end of the workshop, the students will have produced a working web documentary.

Assignment: ISTANBUL

Produce a 3-5 minutes web documentary on the subject of ‘Istanbul’. This includes sound, still photography and video.

The students will be allowed to form teams of two or three. During 2nd and 3rd day they will gather all the material necessary to complete the web documentary. The last two days will be dedicated to editing and producing the actual documentary.

This is a VERY labour extensive workshop and the students should expect to work long hours. The students should have researched a subject prior to attending the workshop as the time schedule does not leave any room for research once the workshop has begun.

It can be anything ranging from a portraits of youth in tight knitted social groups, architectural structures till formations within a defined political segment.

The ball is up for graps as long as the web documentary relates to ‘Istanbul’.


Sound: Adobe Soundbooth  (30 day free trial version)

Photo: Photoshop, Fireworks

Video: iMovie HD, Final Cut Express/Pro

Telling a human story through a compelling portrait

with Rena Effendi

In this class I would like to discuss various ways of working on a social, environmental and psychological portrait – be it a portrait of one person or a community. We will talk about approaching or sometimes confronting a stranger, building close rapport with your subject, breaking down the barriers of communication. Students will receive two assignments, one of which will be to shoot a compelling portrait story of an individual or a group. These assignments are very common in the magazine world and in class we’ll discuss the elements constituting a successful portrait. I would like to push the boundaries of traditional understanding of portraiture. I will share both examples from my own experience and work of other photographers that have a non-traditional photographic vision and approach to storytelling.

In my own work I am most interested in portraying humanity through stories of daily life, i.e. portraying a complex global issue through a simple story of an individual. In class I would like to discuss ways of developing a theme for a long-term documentary project outside the fast pace of news-oriented media.  Additionally, I will share my own experiences of working on a long-term personal project, ways of funding such projects outside of traditional media support, such as grants, book publishing etc.

FROM VISION TO LIFE: Documenting social issues outside the mediaʼs agenda setting.

with Guy Calaf

Researching and producing a compelling feature story requires time and skill. Connecting the final work with the media industry is even harder, especially in todayʼs deteriorating media industry. Photojournalists, especially in the early years of their careers find themselves working as their own producers, researchers, editors, marketers and accountants, having to deal with an obscure and, at times, hostile industry with very little or no help.
In the first half of this course we will combine intensive days of shooting a common assignment in different areas of the city with reflections on being a young “emerging” photojournalist in todayʼs industry. On the second half of our six days together, we will each choose a theme and develop it based on previous discussions and personal research.
We will meet every day in class for a few hours, brainstorming and sharing our thoughts about what we have been experiencing so far, focusing on the direction we want to take our work. Along with general guidelines about our profession, we will discuss how to stay attentive to stories that are in the shadow of todayʼs TV driven news flow.
Extensive research of the areaʼs social dynamics and areas of interest is strongly advised. The use of digital photo gear and laptop computers is required, as we will work on tight deadlines producing ready-to-market features. Multimedia productions are welcomed.

Formulating a Photo Essay

with Jared Moossy

This class will explore with students the fundamentals of formulating a photo essay. There will be a discussion about the social and political relevance of the students intended stories, and what aspects of them students will need to document to convey their chosen story to an audience. This discussion will focus on how they can achieve this practically, as well as photographically. Once students have embarked on their stories there will be daily editing sessions to discuss the direction their work is taking. The aim of the class will be to develop a visual narrative through both personal style and photographic techniques.

Photographing stories

with Ron Haviv

Photographing stories often involves a myriad of professional and personal challenges that teach us all to be better photographers.  Ron Haviv will help you whether you are working in your own neighborhood or overseas by combining portfolio reviews, assignments, editing sessions, and dialogue. This workshop embraces a multi-faceted approach to photojournalism, from developing a personal sensitivity and working in the field to visual style and getting work seen.

Intimacy and Empathy in Storytelling

with Andrea Bruce & Stephanie Sinclair

All students in this class will come to the workshop with a general theme or issue they would like to explore in Istanbul. (These ideas should be emailed to me before we arrive in Istanbul). Once we are there we will discuss ways to make the story personal–to get involved with the issue on an intimate level. The goal of this class is to come away with emotional and empathetic photos to bring viewers closer to issues and the people they affect.

Capturing Cultures – Communicating Without Boundaries

with David Bathgate

In a 24/7, Global-Village world, room for misinterpretation of media pictures abounds.  Photographers are cultural beings, they see and work with defined eyes.  What they present to the world may not always be received as intended.  Response can range from indifference to all-out rage and even conflict.  There are images, though, that defy cultural boundaries, pictures that resound deep-down inside of us to tell the story – wherever we may be.  These are the images that communicate most powerfully to today’s fast-paced and shrinking world, where photos often never get a second look.  These are the pictures that get noticed – that draw emotion and stand the greatest chance of making any kind of difference.  Class participants will explore through discussion and example just what constitutes a universally effective photograph in today’s world – and then go out and create some of their own.

The Essential Guide to Backpack Journalism

with Jon Vidar

In today’s age of new media, the traditional roles of a journalist are rapidly changing.  As a photographer, it has become increasingly necessary to take a renaissance approach to your craft.  A complete project is no longer confined to good photos, but now includes audio, video, and even the written word.  This creates a challenge not just in the amount of technical skills you need, but also in the amount of gear you will have on your back.

Jon Vidar will teach this introduction to the world of Backpack Journalism.  The class will cover topics such as the tools you should carry in your tool chest, how to connect with subjects in foreign lands, and innovative approaches for content collection.  Technical lessons will include geotagging your images, creating and publishing 360 degree panoramic images, tips for shooting HD video with a DSLR, and how to pull everything together into a multimedia essay.  Discussions will include how to develop a project from research and funding to content collection and distribution — all without breaking the bank.

The class will be taught on Mac with software including Aperture, PhotoMechanic, Photoshop, FinalCut Pro, Soundslides, and Audacity. Jon also shoots Canon, but both PCs and Nikon are welcome.  If you have a fish-eye lens or a GPS device that will be a plus but not required. Nodal Ninja will be providing a demo unit for the panoramas, but if anyone is interested in purchasing one prior to the class please contact Jon directly

Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling

Tewfic El-Sawy will teach a multimedia class that allows its participants to concentrate on the story, rather than on the application. The purpose and aim of the class is to show photojournalists how to make quick work of slide show production, using their own images and audio generated in the field, to produce a cogent photo story under the simulation of publishing deadlines. Most of the class time will be spent photographing in the field, while indoors time will be devoted to weaving the material into photo stories.

The multimedia class adopts a simulated under pressure work environment where participants have to shoot, edit and present their photographs and audio tracks on a daily basis to the instructor who takes the role of a newspaper/magazine photo editor. When the final photographs are chosen, the final days of the class are devoted to creating a multimedia photo essay using Soundslides.

Alums of the Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling class include Dhiraj Singh (Foundry – Manali, India) who was awarded the workshop’s Top Award for Photography for his photo essay My Name Is Dechen and Mike Hutmacher (Foundry – Mexico City) who produced Kodachrome for The Wichita Eagle newspaper.

This class will require will use Soundslides and either Audacity Sound Editor or Apple’s GarageBand.

Participants will also need to have a portable Digital Audio Recorder (such as the Zoom H2: Amazon / B&H Photo).

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