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…

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…

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.

2015 Foundry Workshop Kicks off In Bali, Indonesia

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…

Andrea Bruce awards Foundry student Linh Pham the "Golden Scarf Award" after final student screenings Saturday evening.

The Final NIght – A Flood of Excellent Student Work and Awards

Antigua, Guatemala – Saturday evening saw the final event of Foundry 2014, with each student’s project screened before a packed auditorium at Casa Santa Domingo. Awards were also given to students for various achievements, some dubious, some humorous, some serious. The top award, the “Golden Scarf Award,” was won by Linh Pham. This award is…

Goose-stepping high school students march with their band in annual parade in Antigua on July 25, the saint's day of the town.

Friday: More Pressure, A Delightful Distraction And Terrific Instructor Material

Antigua, Guatemala – Friday brought increasing efforts by students to complete projects, including further discussions with instructors, and capturing final images, editing and sequencing them. But it was all complicated by a huge and delightful distraction – Antigua’s annual celebration of its saint’s day (Saint James). A massive parade, which seemed to include every school…

Foundry panel of instructors discuss their work, how they find the topics and how they finance it.  l-r Matt Black, James Whitlow Delano and Nacho Corbello.

Wednesday Night Brings Second Powerful Show of Instructors’ Work

Antigua, Guatemala – On Wednesday, showings of dramatic work by four instructors, and a panel discussion by three of them, capped a day in which students worked hard to advance their projects. Instructors Matt Black, James Whitlow Delano, Tewfic El-Sawy and Nacho Corbella each presented stories they have been working on – some completed, some…

Moises Castillo reviewing Foundry student portfolio

It’s Portfolio Review Night!

    Antigua, Guatemala – Lines began forming at 6 pm as instructors were seated at their respective tables. Then the portfolio reviews began. Each student was assigned to an instructor that was different from the one in their class.  The times and instructors (which were written on the back of their name tags) had…

Fashion photographer Claire Rosen addresses students on how to be more creative in their photography

Monday Evening – Insights into The Border, Creativity and Guatemala’s Violent History

  Antigua, Guatemala – Monday evening comes and, yes, there’s more…two hours of additional information and insights! Students and instructors gathered in the auditorium of the Santo Domingo conference center to hear instructors talk about their work and experiences. Leading off was Kirsten Luce, instructor and education coordinator for Foundry, as well as regular freelancer…

Foundry instructor Maggie Steber reviewing portfolios with her students on first day of workshop, July 21, 2014

The First Day – Getting Familiar, Looking at Student Work and Picking Projects

Antigua, Guatemala – It’s getting-acquainted time – both with each other and with how to work in Guatemala! Students began Monday at 8 a.m. with talks by instructors Moises Castillo, the AP photographer in Guatemala, and Victor Blue, award-winning freelancer who has worked extensively in this country and the region, on safety and security while…

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Foundry 2014 Opens in Candle-Lit Ruins of Santo Domingo Monastery

La Antigua, Guatemala – “The world is not made of atoms – it’s made of stories,” said Foundry instructor and Mexico-based photographer Adriana Zehbrauskas in her co-opening address (with James Whitlow Delano) to the students of the 2014 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop. The registration and subsequent event took place Sunday evening on a candle-lit plaza and…

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Top 5 Books to Read Before Going to Foundry Guatemala

Guest post by Foundry instructor Victor J. Blue I am psyched to be heading back to Guatemala and to meeting all of the students and faculty at this years Foundry Workshop there. It’s going to be great. Guatemala is an incredible country that I have been trying to understand for about 12 years now. It…

Meg Saddler and other students look on in Maggie Steber's class at Foundry 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

How to prepare for a Foundry workshop

[español abajo] Preparing for Foundry Photojournalism Workshops includes the usual pre-trip planning: booking airfare, finding accommodations, getting any suggested vaccines, and making sure your gear is ready for a week full of photographing. The last thing you want to do is find out you’ve left the charger with one of your batteries at home and…

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2014 Scholarship Winners

Foundry is pleased to announce our 2014 scholarship winners. We had over 70 applications to go through and these are the winners. Foundry tiene el agrado de anunciar los ganadores de las becas del 2014. Tuvimos mas de 70 postulaciones y aquí está la lista de ganadores: Lauren DeCicca (USA) Natalie Keyssar (USA) Andre Malerba…

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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…