by Madiha Kark
MEXICO CITY — When it comes to producing content for any creative field, be it writing, photography, film or multimedia, we question ourselves. We question our skill level, our authenticity and our ability to create an impact. We ask, “What am I adding to the conversation that hasn’t already been said?” We worry whether or not a story topic has been done to death. For the students nervous about all these questions, Monday morning provided a solace, as instructors broke into small group sessions and discussed story ideas, creative road blocks and their expectations for the final projects.
The instructors stressed how pictures do not have to be sterile and perfect. “Develop empathy and understanding and give each story the time it requires,” said Natalie Keyssar explaining the importance of developing trust with subjects. The classes were an equal mix of students with beginner and advanced skill levels yet the advice given by instructors applied to everyone.
In the evening, students showcased their portfolios with one-on-one portfolio reviews with some of the top photojournalists in the field.
As the evening sun gave way to darkness, students shared stories over steaming cups of coffee and mulled over their project ideas. Sharing stories is what makes us human and dynamic visuals have the power to evoke emotions on a deeper level. It is this sense of friendship and family that binds the participants of Foundry as they explore new horizons within and outside of themselves.
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.”
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…
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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 country of origin is from the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Christmas Island, Malaysia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.
- Ron Haviv
- Andrea Bruce
- Stephanie Sinclair
- David Guttenfelder
- David Bathgate
- Guy Calaf
- Henrik Kastenskov / Bombay Flying Club
- Adriana Zehbrauskas
- Maggie Steber
- Anastasia Taylor-Lind
- Tewfic El-Sawy
- Rena Effendi
- Jared Moossy
- Jon Vidar
and more to be announced in coming weeks…*
* instructors and guests are slated to appear; however, the demands of international reportage and assignments may require lineup changesRead more
Claire Rosen is an award-winning artist whose elaborate and whimsical tableaux constructions often feature anthropomorphic animals or solitary heroines, evoking the aesthetics and ideals of classical painting from the Pre-Raphaelite periods, frequently referencing the Victorian Era, with its fascination of the natural world and ideals of beauty.
In 2012 and 2013, Claire earned a place on the Forbes “30 Brightest under 30” list for Art & Design. Her work has also received recognition from Aesthetica Art Prize, Communication Arts Photography Annual, International Photography Awards, Graphis Photo Annual, PDN Photo Annual, People’s Choice Photoville Fence, Photolucida Critical Mass, Prix de la Photographie, Sony World Awards, Artists Wanted: Exposure, and Art Project: W Magazine. Her work has been featured in Beautiful/Decay, Communication Arts, Complex Art+Design, Creative Quarterly Journal, Der Greif, Direct Art, Faded + Blurred, Fast Company, Feature Shoot, FotoTv, The Guardian UK Observer, Hi Fructose Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, NPR Weekend Edition, PDN’s Emerging Photographer, Refinery29, Slate Magazine Behold and The World Photography Organization.
Claire has been exhibited from New York to Los Angeles and London to Seoul and her work can be found in a number of public and private collections. In 2013, Claire had her first solo museum show at the the SCAD Savannah Museum of Art in Georgia. Her fine art work has been included in a number of juried group shows at the Annenberg Space for Photography, Aperture Gallery, Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), Consensus, MOPLA, PhotoPlace Gallery, and five consecutive years on the Photoville Fence in Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Houston & Santa Fe.
The vivid storytelling throughout Claire’s work has enabled her to construct unique creative campaigns and installations for a wide range of commercial brands. From fashion labels to luxury hotels, book publishers to restaurants, Claire’s portfolio of commissioned images bridges the gap between fine art and commercial work.
In addition, Claire has taught workshops and lectured about the creative process and photography around the world. Her book, IMAGINARIUM: The Process Behind the Pictures, published by Rocky Nook, covers the artistic practice of photography. Claire is a brand ambassador for Dynalite, FujiFilm US, Hahnemühle USA and liveBooks.
Claire graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 with a BFA in photography. She received a liberal arts degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2003.
The Marketing of Photography: some helpful tips for the emerging photojournalist
Photojournalists spend most of their time in the pursuit of the story, yet very few know how to promote themselves to get the support they need. Getting your name out there amidst the thousands of other photographers working today can be an overwhelming task, even for established photographers. This lecture on marketing provides a very easy to use step-by-step approach to marketing your work; covering branding, promotional materials, utilizing modern technology and social media, finding your clients and how to approach them effectively. Whether you are looking for representation, editorial or commercial assignments, funding for special projects or gallery shows this lecture looks at the bigger picture and will give you a very concrete plan on how to market yourself today with the skills you need to have your work noticed.
This course is a must for any emerging photojournalist.