Shaun Swingler of South Africa, left, who received the Golden Scarf award from instructor Jared Moossy, right. Swingler is wearing the fabled Golden Scarf.  Photo by Neal Jackson.

Final Student Work Is Presented; Shaun Swingler Wins Golden Scarf Award

Cape Town, July 16 – The main projection space at Orms Cape Town School of Photography was packed.  Everyone was waiting in rapt anticipation for the projection of student work to begin.  Then Tiffany Clark, technical coordinator, pushed the button and…there the stories were! The story subjects included street sleepers, a childrens’ circus, seals under…

Instructor Edward Echwalu reviewing the portfolio of South African student Lindeka Qampi.  Photo by Neal Jackson

Feedback: A Night of Portfolio Reviews

Cape Town, July 12, 2016 –  How good is your portfolio?  Well tonight students got three different opinions, from three different instructors.  And nobody left in tears. The Orms Capetown School of Photography was teeming with students, waiting to meet the instructor who would review their portfolio.  There was tension, but also support, as instructors…

Instructor Jared Moossy, his wife Billy Baca, and Instructor Claire Rosen catch up. Photo by Neal Jackson

The Day Before the Workshops Begin – A Maelstrom of Activity

Cape Town, Sunday, July 10, 2016 – The highly choreographed ballet known as Foundry Photojournalism Workshop has begun. Instructors, support staff and sponsor personnel are arriving, rosters being checked, instructions given out and clarified, facilities confirmed, and an occasional beer (or this year a glass of one of the phenomenal South African wines) shared among…

2016 Scholarship Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2016 FPW Scholarship Winners: João Castellano, Brazil Christena Dowsett, USA Nariman El-Mofty, Egypt Kiana Hayeri, Canada/Iran Shiraaz Mohamed, South Africa Younes Mohammad, Iraq Kevin Ouma, Kenya Ray Ochieng Olewe, Kenya Jonathan Rashad, Egypt Rahul Shah, India We hope to see all of you in Cape Town in July! Scholarship entries were judged…

Scholarship Application

Scholarships Applications Open!

Are you dying to go to Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa this year but worried about being able to afford it? Foundry offers about 10 tuition-waiver scholarships that will reduce the entire fee of the workshop. If a student has paid the tuition fee and wins a scholarship, he/she will be refunded the tuition. You have until April 3, 2016 to apply.

January Tuition Sale

January Sale – Foundry Cape Town 2016

Save $100 or $50 from the price of Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. Throughout January 2016, you can take off $100.00 USD (or $50.00 if you are from the local/regional list; see below) * Local/regional students must be someone whose country of origin/birthplace is on the African continent. Also included are people whose…

July 19, 2015. Nearly a hundred photojournalists register for the 2015 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop at Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. © Neal Jackson

A Student’s Post-Mortem on Foundry’s Bali Workshop

Washington, DC, August 31, 2015.  Now that the 2015 workshop is over, many participants are suffering withdrawal pains.  The intense work, the easy access to instructors and teaching assistants, and the closeness of other committed photographer participants are gone, and the realities of real life have returned.  Back home in Singapore, Kuala Lampur, Mumbai,  Melbourne…

Instructor Maggie Steber meets with student Aji Styawan from Indonesia to guide him through the development of his project. © Neal Jackson

Foundry Life Is a Blur of Activity!

Bali, Indonesia, July 24, 2015. The middle of the Foundry week is a blur to all – students, instructors and staff. So much activity, so much interaction and so much work yet to do.  Students are shooting day and night and instructors are responding to student inquiries, offering guidance where needed.  Students got quality time…

Foundry Instructor Thorne Anderson delivers tips to students, using personal work to illustrate their application.  Here he shows an image from work in the 1990s in Macedonia, where, he says, his cooperation with other photojournalists may have saved his life. ©Neal Jackson

There’s a Reason They Call it a Workshop…There’s a Lot of Work Happening!

Ubud, Indonesia – July 22, 2015.  Foundry students are beginning to feel the pressure, so they are working harder than ever on their projects…calling subjects, fixers and others who can help them, missing meals while traveling to remote island spots to expand their coverage and waiting in rural locations for expected events to happen.  Alas,…

Workshop participants Agung Parameswara of Indonesia, and Khairil Safwan and Joshua Paul Gilbert of Malaysia review work the old-fashioned way.  ©Neal Jackson

Day Two – Students Beginning Their Projects and…Ooops!

Bali, Indonesia, July 21, 2015. Day Two of Foundry finds students moving forward with their projects and sometimes finding, well, that the selected project won’t work! But here is where the instructors step in. Many students discover that a slight modification results in a workable project that is often more interesting than their original.  Thus the…

Foundry Instructor John Stanmeyer discusses with class his World Press Photo first-place award-winning photo of Somali immigrants in Djibouti.  Thry are trying to connect with Somali cell phone signals to reach their families back home. ©Neal Jackson

Monday: First Day of Foundry 2015 Classes — A Tornado of Action and Fun

Bali, Indonesia, July 20, 2015. An explosion of activity…that’s the only way to describe the first full day of Foundry 2015! Classes gathered at the Pelangi School, and instructors began their interactions with students. Each instructor had their own approach…some immediately began discussing student projects, some projected and discussed student portfolios, others discussed their own…