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 underrepresented communities in the United States will be prioritized.  If you need extra help with 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 four times and one time for an a group introduction to Foundry, over a period from November 10th to December 8th. On the 9th, 10th, and 11th of December, students, 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. Four 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 less than 90 minutes. During the final weekend, expect to spend about four to five hours online each day.

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 choose your top three options for instructor. We’ll assign students to specific teachers based on choice first; however, if your choices are not available, 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 and presentations during the final weekend are in English.

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.

The PhotoWings Video Archive

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