Foundry Photo Workshops 2019 is now complete

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ABOUT Foundry

In 2019, the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop brings together students and professionals from across Africa.

This year, we experience the richness of Kigali, Rwanda, where students learn from some of the world's leading photojournalists. Foundry is a project of the VII Academy working in partnership with PhotoWings, and seeks to inspire and educate future generations of men and women to address important issues through the medium of photography.

Join us for an unforgettable week of education and inspiration!


Inspiration. Education. Community.


The Workshop


Join us in Kigali, Rwanda, from August 11th to the 17th, 2019! Foundry comes to the heart of Africa and invites photographers from across the continent and beyond to a week of inspiration and education.

We look forward to continuing the workshop started by Eric and Sharon Beecroft and made possible by
all the loyal Foundry volunteers over the years!

Seven days of inspiration.

Each evening students attend presentations from our world-class list of instructors: photojournalists who regularly work with and for National Geographic, The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, Stern, and countless other international publications.

Seven days of education.

With classes for beginners to professional photojournalists, our instructors challenge and teach you how to create visual stories.

Seven days of community.

Foundry is a bonding experience that creates friendships and networks that last a lifetime.


Our teachers.

Our teachers are some of the world’s most influential photographers and visual journalists. This year they come from three continents, and offer perspectives gained from long experience working internationally. Nichole Sobecki, Edward Eschwalu, Sarah Waiswa, Mariella Furrer, and Andrew Esiebo all live and work on the African continent. Ron Haviv and Krisanne Johnson are flying in from the USA, with Daniel Schwartz joining Foundry from Europe. 

Kirsten Luce, a Foundry instructor and staff member, reviews images from her class in Antigua, Guatemala at Foundry 2014..jpg

Apply for a scholarship.

Photographers who are citizens of Africa are welcome to apply for a scholarship to attend Foundry for free or on a partial scholarship. Deadline to apply is July 1, 2019.


Banner Images credit: Gary Knight, Rwanda Millennium Villages Project/VII Foundation.