FAQs

Your questions answered.

Who is eligible to enroll in the workshop?

There are no age or experience restrictions for the workshop. We offer classes for all levels of photography.

Which countries are eligible for the discounted local tuition?

Applicants for our scholarships must be citizens and residents of an African country. Those who want to join Foundry 2019 from outside Africa are welcome to register and pay the tuition fee in full. There are no age or experience restrictions, and we offer classes for all levels of photography.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, we offer full scholarships along with travel stipends to residents and citizens of African countries. In addition, the Bob and Diane Scholarship is available. Find information about our scholarships here.

Will accommodation be provided?

Accommodation, travel and sundry expenses are not included in the tuition fees or scholarships but there are a range of affordable hotels and airbnbs in Kigali close to the school.

If I have already paid the full tuition, can I still apply for a scholarship?

Yes, you may. If you are awarded a full or partial scholarship, your tuition will be refunded to you.

What is the typical daily schedule of the workshop?

The workshop starts on Sunday with Registration and a series of presentations that will prepare you for the week ahead. Throughout the week, students will meet with their instructors and class for part of each day for a lecture and/or critique. When not in class, you’ll will work on your personal project. On Monday evening, there is a Portfolio Review and other evenings there are presentations and topic panels for all students, faculty and staff. Wednesday you will have the evening off for shooting and Friday evening you will assemble your final slideshow presentations as a class. Saturday is packed with presentations to help further your career with Marketing and Business advice culminating with the Final Slideshow in the evening. Students will also receive a detailed schedule on the first day of the workshop.  You can expect to be very, very busy!

When working on our personal projects, are we expected to work solo, i.e. go out and shoot on our own? I'm concerned that I won’t be able to produce a personal project in a city with which I’m not familiar.

Yes, students at the workshop create individual projects and are responsible for finding the stories they produce, along with any additional help that you may need (such as fixers or translators). We will help you find a way to work safely and smartly to achieve success with your story. Make sure you research stories prior to attending the workshop. Some students arrive a few days prior to the workshop to start on-the-ground research.

When should I arrive in Kigali and when should I leave?

The workshop officially begins on Sunday, August 11th but it is recommended that you arrive a day or two early to get yourself settled and to avoid the risk of arriving late and missing part of the workshop. The workshop ends with a slideshow of student work on the last day (August 17th), followed by a closing party. Sunday, you are free to leave, although many students make plans to travel together after the workshop ends.

I live in one of the countries eligible for reduced tuition, but am a citizen of a country outside Africa. Can I pay reduced tuition?

Not at this time. These discounts are provided to make sure that regional photographers are represented at the workshop. 

How can I be sure to get into a specific class?

Preference will be given to those who registered first. Students who register earliest get their first choice. However, all Foundry instructors are working photojournalists. If your assigned teacher cannot make the workshop for some reason, we will work with you to place you in another class. All of our instructors volunteer their time so we have to be flexible. Thank you for understanding.

Can I be refunded if there is a change of plans?

We understand that plans change, life happens, and you may need to back out of the workshop. Unfortunately, no refund is possible–although you can apply this year’s tuition to next year’s workshop (2020). This is because costs have been accrued, staff arrangements have to be secured, and we have invested substantial amounts of money into the workshop that can’t be refunded.

What languages are spoken at the workshops?

The majority of classes will be conducted in English. We expect to have one class that can help students who speak French.

Does Foundry provide visas?

Foundry does not provide visas. Each student should research the Rwandan visa requirements relevant to his or her country of citizenship.

What do I need to bring?

Digital Camera (with necessary cords and sufficient battery supply); camera lenses (bring what you have. A 24-70mm lens works well); Laptop with photo editing software (e.g., Adobe PS/Lightroom or PhotoMechanic) memory card and card reader (Firewire, USB2, USB3, or USBC). Please note a quality cellphone camera may be used but this will be limiting; a standard digital camera is recommended.

Can I bring a Friend, Partner, Child, Spouse, Dog?

You will be very busy and it is not recommended. You will want to be focused and concentrate, but guests are invited to attend the evening presentations and final slideshow.

Any recommended reading or viewing in advance of the workshop?

Recommended Readings

- Associated Press Guide to Photojournalism, Brian Horton 2000
- Photojournalism and Today’s News, Loup Langton 2008
- Photojournalism: The Professionals’ Approach, Kenneth Kobre 2016
- The Documentary Impulse, Stuart Franklin 2016
- Magnum: Fifty Years at the Front Line of History, Russel Miller 1999
- Questions without Answers, VII 2012
- Moments: The Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographs, Hal Buell 2015
- Bending the Frame, Fred Ritchin 2013

Books by Current Instructors

- I Am Because We Are, Kristin Ashburn
- Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, Ron Haviv
- Shooting Ghosts, A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from
War,
Finbarr O’Reilly
- IMAGINARIUM: The Process Behind the Pictures, Claire Rosen
- While the Fires Burn. A Glacier Odyssey, Daniel Schwartz

Interviews with Foundry Faculty by PhotoWings can be found here.