Foundry Workshop

The history

The Foundry Photojournalism Workshop was set up by Eric and Sharon Beecroft in 2008 when they asked some of the top working photojournalists to donate a week of their time for a workshop idea a reality. The response was overwhelming. The enthusiasm and passion for photography and teaching displayed by these journalists made Foundry possible, and in the subsequent thirteen years, instructors volunteered their time and talent, bringing with them a commitment to a better future through responsible visual journalism.

Foundry Photojournalism Workshops have been held in Mexico City (2008 and 2017), Manali (2009), Istanbul (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Chiang Mai (2012), Sarajevo (2013), Antigua (2014), Bali (2015), Cape Town (2016), Kolkata (2018), and Kigali (2019). Worldwide, Foundry alumni have gone on to successful careers, publishing stories for National Geographic, The New York Times, Time, Stern, Paris Match, and others while winning prestigious awards from the Pulitzer Prize to POY to World Press Photo and more, with some even returning to Foundry to teach the next generation.

New leadership

In 2019, the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop entered a new chapter under the leadership of The VII Academy. The workshop offers Majority World students and those from underrepresented communities in G20 countries a chance to learn from some of the world’s most well-respected photojournalists and photography professionals.

The 2022 workshop

The Foundry Photojournalism Workshop is coming virtually to the USA in 2022! This tuition-free workshop, hosted by VII Academy in partnership with PhotoWings, has met in over a dozen countries around the world, teaching people how to better document their own communities and interests and develop skills to help them in work and life.

Foundry alumni have won the Pulitzer Prize and their images have graced the pages of major publications including National Geographic, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. In 2021, participants gathered virtually from all over the world in Foundry’s first online workshop. We laughed, we cried, we debated — and we had a great time. In 2022, as usual, there are no tuition fees. Classes will be taught by Andrea Bruce, Vanessa Charlotte, Michael Robinson Chavez, Alan Chin, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Alison Morley, Christopher Morris, Brian Palmer, Nina Robinson, and Maggie Steber. Guests and portfolio reviewers include editors from print publications, curators, consultants, and agents.

Applications are open now. They close on November 4, 2022, at 2359 EDT. Residents of the United States with two years or more of experience as working photojournalists may apply. Applicants from underrepresented communities will be prioritizedApplications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so although applicants won’t hear if they’ve been successful until after the application deadline, early birds will get their first choice of instructor.

To apply, please complete this online form.

If you have any questions, please email us at: [email protected]