Documentary Arts Asia photo contest

Documentary Arts Asia wants to reward documentary photographers and filmmakers working with passion and conviction on quality projects in Asia.

Current call for entries: 2012 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop seat photography contest

Open to citizens of Thailand, Laos, Burma/Myanmar, India, Nepal, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia & Malaysia who have been shooting professionally for less than three years and who will be under the age of 30 on the 4th August 2012.

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Scholarship Winners

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the Foundry full tuition scholarships for our 2012 Chiang Mai workshop.

 

The amount of entries was unprecedented, and the level of work we received was stunning- it was a very hard judging for our faculty & staff judges panel, but we feel like they did a smashing job of choosing emerging talent that would benefit from Foundry, from all over the world.

 

Arif Setiawan, Indonesia

Saw Banyar, Burma/Thailand

Barat Ali Batoor, Afghanistan

Ajit Bhadoriya, India

Enrique Leopoldo Benedicto Cruz, Philippines

Satirat Dam-ampai, Thailand

Nguyen Thanh Hai, Vietnam

Ekkarat Punyatara, Thailand

Roger Anis, Egypt

Fabian Weiss, Germany

Ilkin Huseynov, Azerbaijan

Simona Pampallona, Italy

 

(Note: For those who didn’t win, there will be at least one more chance for a scholarship through one of our sponsors, though less awards will be given. More info to follow- please don’t email asking for details on this other award, as we don’t have them yet. Thanks and see you in Thailand!

 

– Eric Beecroft
Director, Foundry Photojournalism Workshops

Foundry 2012: Thailand

Thailand is the destination for the 2012 Foundry Photojournalism Workshops.

Foundry 2012: Chiang Mai, Thailand, July 29 – August 4, 2012.

Regional students (South Asia — India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tibet and Southeast Asia — Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Phillippines, Laos, Cambodia,Indonesia, Malaysia) tuition is: $475 US dollars. For all others it is $975 US dollars.

Click here to register.

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 and founder of workshop sponsor PhotoWings foundation; Chéri; Instructor Clair Rosen; Foundry founder Eric Beecroft, and Instructor Ron Haviv.

 

Tired, Hungry Mass of Students (and Faculty) Presses On Eagerly

The dynamics of Buenos Aires life challenge all workshop participants who aren’t accustomed to that lifestyle.

The normal routine for “porteños” (people from Buenos Aires) is to rise about 9 am, eat breakfast.  Lunch starts anywhere from 2 to 4 pm (or as they say, 14 to 16).  That meal is often centered around mounds of meat, with pasta, breads, and a few vegetable dishes (often more expensive that meat dishes).  Dinner begins no earlier than 9:30 (21:30), and can easily last until midnight.

Only after that does social life begin.  When that ends, it’s off to bed, usually at 2 or 3 am.  Then it all repeats.

For students and instructors not used to it, photographing a project into this schedule (often involving subjects that don’t adhere to this schedule) can exhaust one pretty quickly.   So it is here as well.

But instructors are beginning to look as haggard as the students.   After reviewing portfolios of their own students, they dived into four more hours of analyzing images from other students.   By 10 pm (22 hours), that was finished and it was time to find (or, for those who were too tired, to skip) dinner.

But there’s still electricity in the air and energy on the ground.   Can’t wait to see the projections of student work!


La dinámica de la vida bonaerense desafia a los participantes del taller que no están acostumbrados a este estilo de vida.

La rutina normal para los porteños es levantarse para desayunar a las 9. Almuerzo empieza a las 14-16h y frecuentemente se centra en mucha carne, con pasta, panes y algunos platos con verduras (que suelen ser mas caros que platos con carne). La cena no empieza hasta las 21:30 y facilmente puede durar hasta la medianoche.

Solo después de eso se inicia la vida social.

Para estudiantes e instructores poco acostumbrados a esta rutina, fotografiar un proyecto bajo este horario (y muchas veces fotografiando a un sujeto que no adhiere a este horario), puede llegar a cansar muy rápido. Asi lo es aquí también.

Ahora los instructores se ven tan cansados como los estudiantes. A parte de repasar portafolios de sus propios estudiantes, hicieron reseñas de portafolios de otros estudiantes por mas de 4 horas. Ya a las 22h, todo se terminó y hubo tiempo de encontrar (o para algunos simplemente saltar) la cena.

Aún hay electricidad en el aire y energía en el suelo. ¡Estamos muy entusiasmados para ver la proyección de trabajos de los estudiantes!
 

Ah, the Intensity of Portfolio Reviews (and Their Value)

Foundry tries to provide students with opportunities for close contact with the instructors.  This workshop is no different and probably even better .

Yesterday every nook and cranny of the Motivarte Photography School (which is hosting the workshop) and the faculty hotel (The Blue Soho) had a faculty member working with a student to review that student’s portfolio of images, with other students perched nearby awaiting their turns.  There are many smiles, a few frowns and much passing of knowledge.  The photo gallery shows some of the faculty/student interaction (click on any image to enlarge it and create a slide show).

At a panel last night someone asked why experienced photographers are so willing to help “newbies,” when the long-term effect may be to take away income opportunities from the experienced photographers.  The answer most often given was that the pure passion for the process turned them into evangelists, and teaching was a natural outgrowth of this.  So much for the economist’s rational “economic man.”

So instructors exhaust themselves giving portfolio reviews, and students hang on every word, bleary-eyed from work on their workshop projects which continue around the many learning opportunities.  There’s little time for tango lessons this week!


Foundry intenta dar la oportunidad a los estudiantes de tener contacto cercano con los instructores. Este taller es nada distinto y probablemente mejor aún.

Ayer, cada esquina y rincón de la Escuela de Fotografía Motivarte (el anfitrión del taller) y el hotel Blue Soho (donde se quedan los instructores) tenía un instructor trabajando con un estudiante en repasar su portafolio de imagenes mientras otros estudiantes hacían fila. Hay muchas sonrisas, algunas caras tristes y mucha transmisión de sabiduría. La galería abajo muestra algunas interacciones entre estudiantes e instructores. Haz clic en una foto para verlas mas grandes.

En el panel de discusión anoche, alguien preguntó porque fotógrafos experimentados están tan dispuestos a ayudar a los novatos cuando en efecto a largo plazo podría tener el efecto de quitarles trabajos de los mismos fotógrafos veteranos. La respuesta mas citada fue que la pura pasión del proceso les había convertidos en evangelizadores y la enseñanza era un parte de eso.

Entonces instructores se agotan dando reseñas de portafolios y los estudiantes se cuelgan de cada palabra, con ojos de cansancio del trabajo de sus proyectos que siguen a través de las oportunidades presentes. ¡Hay poco tiempo para clases de tango esta semana!


Keynote speech

A little late, but here nonetheless, we present to you a brief soundclip of Michael Robinson Chavez and Adriana Zehbrauskas delivering the keynote opening speech to the gathered mass of recently registered students from Sunday night.


Un poco atrasado pero aquí de todos modos les presentamos un breve clip de audio de los instructores Michael Robinson Chavez y Adriana Zehbrauskas dando el discurso de apertura en frente de la masa de estudiantes recientemente registrados el domingo en la noche.

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Off and Running/ ¡Y partió!

Over 130 students are registered – nearly every country in South America,  many Central American countries, and several Caribbean countries is represented, not to mention India, Indonesia, Japan, North America, and Europe.  Classes have begun and the energy is palpable.

Más de 130 estudiantes están registrados – desde casi cada país de Sud America, muchos paises centroamericanos y varios paises caribeños, e incluso India, Indonesia, Japón, Norte America y Europa están representados. Las clases han empezado y la energía es palpable.

Fotógrafos de conflicto dictarán taller en Buenos Aires

IV Foundry Photoworkshop se realizará en julio

BUENOS AIRES.-Desde el 17 hasta el 23 de julio, la escuela de fotografía Motivarte acogerá en Buenos Aires a destacados fotógrafos de conflicto en el Cuarto Taller de Fotoperiodismo (Foundry Photojournalism Workshop).
El taller, que se dividirá en varios cursos, está integrado por reconocidos fotoperiodistas de guerra, como Ron Haviv (VII), Walter Astrada (Getty Reportage), Michael Robinson Chávez (Los Angeles Times), David Guttenfelder (Associated Press) y Maggie Steber, entre otros instructores.

Ron Haviv during a lecture in Mexico.

Los alumnos tendrán una visión fresca del fotoperiodismo actual, los desafíos que está enfrentando la profesión y las nuevas técnicas que están ayudando a producir nuevos productos, como el multimedia.
Muchos de ellos llegan a Buenos Aires directo de zonas de conflicto Egipto y Libia, o zonas de catástrofe como Japón.
A diferencia de otros cursos, el Foundry Photoworkshop está orientado a estudiantes de naciones en vías de desarrollo y por ello su costo de matrícula está muy por debajo de los talleres tradicionales. Este año se determinó que los alumnos provenientes de México, Centro y Sudamérica sólo pagarán 475 dólares.
El desarrollo del taller es posible gracias a la colaboración ad honorem de sus profesores, del equipo organizador y de la escuela que nos acoge en cada país.
Desde su primera versión en México en 2008, el Foundry Photojournalism Workshop ha recibido 400 estudiantes de 60 países y se ha impartido en India y Turquía.

Costos de matrícula


$475 dólares (para estudiantes de México, Centro y Sudamérica)
$975 dólares (resto del mundo)

Alguno de los cursos serán bilingües.

*No incluyen ticket aéreo ni alojamiento.

Más información en www.foundryphotoworkshop.org

 

Preview screening of Beyond Assignment

Foundry Photojournalism Workshop is pleased to announce that it will be holding a Preview Screening of the film “Beyond Assignment” featuring the work of three female photojournalists, FPW instructor Adriana Zehbrauskas of Mexico, Gali Tibbon of Israel and Mariella Furrer of South Africa. The 35-minute documentary is directed and produced by Jim Virga of the University of Miami School of Communication Knight Center for International Media.

 

www.beyondassignment.org

FPW instructor Maggie Steber on the film:

“In Beyond Assignment, we see the approaches and personalities of three photographers as they work on long-term projects in their respective countries of Mexico, South Africa and Israel. That they are women should not matter, at the same time, it is extremely important.

Through these women we learn lessons of how to see, what is important in story telling, and fine examples of commitment to their subjects. In one case the photographer has become an activist with intrepid spirit, with another we see an empathetic eye trying to make sense of violence plaguing a neighborhood and how people deal with it, and with the third we see how religion manifests itself in peoples’ lives.

There are lessons to be learned from each photographer and this film comes as close to getting it right as real life. We are taken out of ourselves and into the world of people, vulnerable before us, by respectful warriors with cameras.”

Scarf Exchange

Dont forget to bring a scarf for the annual scarf exchange. We have a limit on khafiyehs and kramas this year, but no limit on Tuareg tagelmousts !  Open season on those!

No scarf means higher vino and cerveza prices at the opening party. And you’ll get less digits. Points off if a Leica is around your neck, unless it’s a FILM Leica.

More on scarves and photojournalists on The Travel Photographer from our instructor Tewfic El-Sawy.

For more chuckles, check out Shit Photojournalists Like > Scarves

Bilingual classes – Clases bilingües

All classes at the workshop will be taught in English.  However, due to the increasing number of inquiries about Spanish, we will be offering some courses in English and Spanish.

The following courses will be taught by two instructors and will be offered bilingually.

Walter Astrada and Adriana Zehbrauskas

Michael Robinson Chavez and Alex Kornhuber The Soul of Storytelling

 


Todas las clases del taller se dictarán en inglés. A pesar de esto, dado a muchas preguntas por el español, ofreceremos algunas clases en inglés y español.

Las siguientes clases se dictarán entre dos instructores y se ofrecerán de forma bilingüe.

Walter Astrada y Adriana Zehbrauskas

Michael Robinson Chavez and Alex Kornhuber El Alma de Contar una Historia

2011 Scholarships Announced!

Foundry Photojournalism Workshops has the pleasure to announce the winners of this year’s scholarships.
Thanks to our generous sponsors Ricoh Company Ltd. and Ricoh Photo Gallery Ring Cube, we are able to present the following:

Ricoh Scholarships for Latin American Photographers

Miguel Andrade, Mexico

Lucia Baragli, Argentina

Juan Barrero, Colombia

Ivan Gonzalez, Venezuela

Sofia Lopez, Argentina

Romina Hendlin, Venezuela
Omar Lucas, Peru

Cristobal Olivares, Chile

Leonardo Ramirez, Venezuela

Santiago Serrano, Ecuador

 

 

Full Tuition Scholarships provided by Foundry Photojournalism Workshop

Julio Aracil, Spain

Willeke Machiels, Netherlands

Mae Ryan, USA/Canada

 

Judges:  Guy Calaf and Shaul Schwarz

 

Foundry Workshop 2010 Scholarship Winners Announced!

We at Foundry Workshop are pleased to announce the winners of the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2010 Scholarships. Judges included Stephanie Sinclair and Guy Calaf. We had a plethora of of superb, powerful entries from extremely talented photographers-especially those who may lie outside the “traditional” idea of a pj. We are amazed at the level of unknown talent out there, and hope that all who applied continue to pursue their passion for visual storytelling. There will be more scholarships for Foundry, from sponsors – some general and some regional specific- so keep watching. Without further ado, the FPW Scholarship of the Year 2010 goes to:

Doni Maulistya

Three full scholarships have been awarded to (in no particular order):

Tom Jamieson

Yulia Vishnevets

Roubina Margossian

Two half scholarships go to:

Johannes P. Christo

Agata Pietron

Congrats!

Regional photographer discount

Happy Newrouz! For all regional* photographers wanting to attend Foundry Workshop Istanbul 2010, June 20-26, we are offering a $50 discount to tuition when you sign up between now and March 31, 2010. Get the word out.

* Restricted to Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Cyprus, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, the Balkans, the Caucuses, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Israel.

Hope to see ya there!

Eric Beecroft

Director

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