Advanced Mentored Studies: Visual Storytelling & Documentary Photography Projects

February 19, 2019

Posted In: Advanced Mentored Studies, Anderson Ranch General, Photo and Digital, Workshops

Tags: Advanced Mentored Studies, Anderson Ranch, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Ed Kashi, James Estrin, photography

The Application for the Advanced Mentored Studies Program: Visual Storytelling & Documentary Photography Projects

iPortfolio Review Required.
To Submit your Portfolio/Application:

The Application Deadline is March 6, 2019 and must be submitted using our online application form via All applications will be reviewed by program faculty. Notifications to applicants/recipients will be made by March 22, 2019. *Tuition is $1700 per year for 3 years. 

Future Dates:
August 24 – 28, 2020
August 23 – 27, 2021

The digital age has given documentary photographers and photojournalists new ways to tell stories with greater authorship and control. This workshop focuses on how to create a personal documentary project and get it seen. The ultimate goal is to find a subject that speaks to a personal passion, document it in a unique visual style, then disseminate the work. New technologies to be more effective storytellers are used, including social media, transmedia, virtual reality and digital video.

Media & Techniques:

Students learn through presentations, discussions, critiques and editing of work.


Each morning begins with a presentation about documentary photography and contemporary practices. Students participate in editing and review sessions, group reviews of each student’s portfolio/essays, one-on-one sessions with faculty to discuss personal projects and dialog about building careers or the promotion and publishing of work.


Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator whose sensitive eye and intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. He is a member of the VII Photo Agency. Through his photography, filmmaking and work as a mentor, teacher and lecturer, Ed is a leading voice in the photojournalism and visual storytelling community.

James Estrin is a staff photographer for The New York Times. He is a founder of LensThe New York Times’s photography blog, and has been its co-editor since it launched in 2009. He has worked for The New York Timessince 1992 and was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team in 2001. James is a co-producer of the HBO film “Under Fire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro”.

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