Day 1 : The story begins…

by Madiha Kark

MEXICO CITY — On a slightly chilly Sunday afternoon, inside the patio of Universidad de la Comunicación, about a 100 students waited to register for the 10th annual Foundry Photojournalism Workshop. Students from as far as Colombia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Argentina, the United States and all over Mexico mingled over warm coffees, laughter and stories.

What started as an idea to teach visual storytelling to emerging photojournalists has blossomed into a community of mentor, peers and lifelong friendships. The relationships that form through the workshop transcend barriers of culture, language, skills and background. “People become friends and they come year after year,” says Eric Beecroft, the founder of the workshop. “It is like a family.”

Students arrive at the registration tables on the first day of Foundry workshop. Photo © Madiha Kark

Instructors Maggie Steber, Ron Haviv and Andrea Bruce encouraged students to treat their stories and subjects with respect and be open to ideas. “Nobody owes you a story, you have to earn it,” said Steber.

In a place so visually and culturally alive, Mexico City is the perfect backdrop to find stories. Students discussed personal stories, proposed projects and received tips for better storytelling from the instructors. The evening instructor presentations and panel discussions were inspirational for the students, highlighting topics such as safety, intimacy and work ethics in visual storytelling.

Mexico City is a labyrinth of stories and visuals, waiting to be seen and told. The task to capture the stories and represent them with honesty and integrity is what Foundry is all about. This is where the story begins…

Stay tuned to this space for more updates.

Juan Pablo Ampuda and Adriana Zehbrauskas speak to the Foundry 2017 students about safety in Mexico City. Photo © Neal Jackson

Adriana Zehbrauskas & Paula Bronstein

With Adriana Zehbrauskas & Paula Bronstein

Adriana and Paula will be team teaching to help every participant in our class make that quantum leap in their own evolution as a photographer no matter what level you are at. Together we aim to build confidence and help you learn how to approach and engage with your subject to reveal an intimate view of their lives. I We want you to excel in your story telling abilities and your editing skills so we review your progression each day and encourage you to develop your personal style and vision.

Adriana Zehbrauskas

Adriana Zehbrauskas was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She received a degree in Journalism and moved to Paris where she studied Linguistics and Phonetics at the Sorbonne Nouvelle. She worked as a staff photographer for Folha de S. Paulo, in Brazil, for 11 years, traveling extensively throughout the country and abroad.

As a freelance photojurnalist based in Mexico City, she contributes regularly with The New York Times. Other clients include the Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Glamour Magazine, The Guardian, Paris Match, Le Figaro, Save the Children and the World Health Organization among others.

Adriana is one of the three photographers profiled in the documentary “Beyond Assignment” (USA, 2011), alongside Mariella Furrer and Gali Tibbon. The film was produced by The Knight Center for International Media and the University of Miami.and features the Tepito project.

Her project on Faith in Brazil and Mexico was awarded a Art & Worship World Prize by the Niavaran Artistic Creation Foundation and a book is currently under production to be published by Bei Editores in São Paulo, Brasil. She was a finalist for the New York Photo Awards 2009 and 2010 and is an instructor with the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops.

Her photos are  also featured in the books ’24 Stunden im Leben der katholischen Kirche’, Random House, Munich, 2005 , ‘In Search of Hope – The Global Diaries of Mariane Pearl’, powerHouse Books, New York, 2007 and the ‘Nike Human Race’ , New York, 2008.

Adriana is the recipient of the Troféu Mulher Imprensa (photojournalist newspaper/magazine), São Paulo, Brazil, Feb 2012.

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Represented by Polaris Images in NYC.

 

Class description:

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.


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