FAQs

Your questions answered.

Who is eligible to enroll in the workshop?

Anyone with two years or more of experience as a working photojournalist may apply. Applicants from the majority world and underrepresented communities in G20 countries will be prioritized. This year we are offering classes taught in Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Kurdish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, and Spanish, however, a working knowledge of English is required as the application form and most of the presentations during the final weekend are in English. If you need extra help in your native language to participate and fill out the application form, please contact us.

Do you offer scholarships?

Foundry is completely free to attend. There is no charge to attend if accepted into the workshop.

What is the schedule of the workshop?

You’ll meet virtually through ZOOM three times over a period from November 7th to December 9th; on the 10th, 11th, and 12th of December, participants, faculty, and guest speakers will make presentations, and there will be opportunities for portfolio reviews. 

Once accepted into the workshop, teachers will communicate their class schedules directly with their students. Three classes will be held in the weeks prior to the workshop. These classes will consist of lectures and/or critiques of the student’s personal project. A student may elect to start a new project for this workshop or continue an existing project based on advice from their assigned teacher. Participants will be provided with a detailed schedule prior to the workshop.

How long will the online sessions be?

Group sessions leading up to the workshop weekend will be no more than two hours. During the final weekend, expect to spend no more than four hours online each day (and likely a bit less). Zoom fatigue is real!

When working on our personal projects, are we expected to work solo, i.e. go out and shoot on our own?

Since Foundry is being held remotely online this year, you will have the option of photographing on your own, COVID-19 restrictions permitting. You can start a story, work on an existing story, or complete a story. You can also use the classroom time to edit a completed story.

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

On the application form you’ll be asked to specify the languages you speak and your proficiency. We’ll assign students to specific teachers based on native language first; however, if your native language is not one of the class-specific ones, you may be placed into the next best match.

All Foundry instructors are working photojournalists so we must be flexible. If your assigned teacher cannot make the workshop for some reason, we will work with you to place you in another class. Thank you for understanding.

What languages are spoken at the workshops?

Classes will be taught in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi, Serbo-Croat and Russian; however, a working knowledge of English is required as the application form and most of the presentations during the final weekend are in English. If you need extra help in your native language to participate and fill out the application form, please contact us.

What equipment do I need?

Digital camera (with necessary cords and sufficient battery supply); camera lenses (use 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. Please note a quality cellphone camera may be used but this will be limiting. A standard digital camera is recommended.

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

  • Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, Ron Haviv
  • IMAGINARIUM: The Process Behind the Pictures, Claire Rosen
 

The PhotoWings Video Archive

  • Interviews with Foundry Faculty by PhotoWings can be found here.