Yannis Stournas

Foundry 2013 Ends; Yannis Stournas Wins Golden Scarf

Sarajevo, July 21, 2013.  The sixth Foundry Photojournalism Workshop ended tonight with nearly three hours of  student work shown to a packed house, including many Sarajevo residents who came to see the images of their people and city.   The subjects of student stories ranged from mine detection and removal to development of the Sarajevo…

One Student At Work on Her Project

Samar Hawa spent a decade as an investment banker in her home city of Beirut.  She worked with private equity funds and other high value investment vehicles. But a year ago she quit all that, “to develop my right-brain capabilities.”  Now she is exploring her creative side, including whether photojournalism and documentary photography can be…

Foundry Is Finally Here! Hellooooo Sarajevo!

Sarajevo, Bosnia. July 14, 2103. Nearly a hundred emerging photojournalists today descended on Sarajevo University’s Academy of Fine Arts building to begin the 2013 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, which kicked off with one of the largest BYO parties in Foundry history. Countries represented include Pakistan, Lebanon, France, Germany, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Canada, and the United States, to…

Adriana Zehbrauskas

A Day for Work, Reflection, Thanks, and…..a Little Play?

CHIANG MAI – 3 August 2012 – It was a day in which milestones were reached for some and others were sent back for still more images.  Excellence was the byword, and everybody realized it.  The pressure was building, but so was the excitement.  Work continued on all fronts during the day. During the evening…

Suthep

Portfolio Reviews – Instructors Give, Students Absorb

CHIANG MAI – 2 August 2012 –  Instructor Suthep Kritsanavarin (above left) along with nearly all other instructors spent Thursday evening until after 11 pm at Documentary Arts Asia reviewing portfolios with students.  Applying experience, objectivity and insight, they worked while students waited in the street outside, which had been blocked off for the night.  DAA…

Insiya, Rob and Andrea

Students, Instructors Focus on Editing of Projects

  CHIANG MAI – August 1, 2012 – Andrea Bruce (r) talks with students Rob Goodell (c), and Insiya Syed (l) on Goodell’s preliminary showing of his project work.  By midweek students were scrambling to make sure their reportage was evolving properly and that they were producing the best possible stories.  Many were sent back…

Speaker & Panel Address Psychological Trauma

CHIANG MAI – 31 July 2012 – This evening workshop participants heard a presentation by Dr. Paul Harper on psychological trauma associated with covering conflict and social issues, followed by a panel discussion by instructors on the effects they had observed in doing that work. The panel discussion ranged far and wide, with participants noting…

Registration Night at DAA; the Street is Filled

  CHIANG MAI, 29 JULY 2012 — Coming from from all over the world, the fifth annual class of Foundry students assembled in Chiang Mai tonight to complete the registration process and to pick up instructor assignments and class materials. More than 125 students registered for a week of challenge, learning and growth guided by…

T minus One; A Sleeping Foundry Arises

CHIANG MAI, 29 July 2102 – It’s Sunday and excitement is in the air!  Tonight the formal registration begins at the building of co-sponsor Documentary Arts Asia (DAA) and the students meet their instructors, many for the first time. Yesterday was headlined by an evening event at DAA, celebrating its six-month anniversary, at which over…

Final Awards Given – Top Prize – the Golden Scarf – Given to Haitian Photographer Dieu-Nalio Chery

The final awards have been given, with the top prize going to Chery Dieu-Nalio (whom everyone just calls Chéri).  Cheri received the award as the photographer who best exemplifies the spirit of  Foundry – quality of images, sensitivity to subjects, professional commitment and cooperation with colleagues.  Congratulations to you, Chéri! Shown above (l-r), Suzie Katz, photographer…

Walter Astrada’s One-Image Bilingual Guide to Photojournalism

I continue to be struck by the commitment and creativity of the Foundry faculty in teaching their students. Yesterday I stumbled across one example that is definitely worth sharing.  It is a diagrammatic drawing by faculty member Walter Astrada showing the elements of telling a story with images, along with the process for getting there. …