Advanced Mentored Study Program Visual Storytelling & Documentary Photography Projects – P0614

Date: Jul 11 - 15, 2016

Skill Level(s): III-IV, Portfolio Review Required i

Instructor(s): Ed Kashi & James Estrin

Tuition: $1,345
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45

Funding provided by Bunny and Charles Burson

Future Dates:

July 10 – 14, 2017
July 9 – 13, 2018


Explore the new frontier of the digital age, one in which documentary photographers and photojournalists can tell stories with greater power, authorship and control. Bring your vision to life and own your story in this three-year curriculum designed for advanced photographers interested in a sustained, mentored study. We focus 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, and disseminate the work. The program includes studio work, discussions and critiques via workshops, bimonthly Skype meetings and a midyear review. The final goal is for you to show your work as a book, film or other significant digital output.

Media & Techniques:

Students use digital SLR, digital image making, image editing and Adobe Lightroom.


We participate in morning and afternoon shooting with mid-day editing and review sessions, group reviews, and one-on-one sessions to discuss personal projects.


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. Ed is a leading voice in the photojournalism and visual storytelling community.

James Estrin is a Senior Staff Photographer for the New York Times. He is the founder of Lens, the newspaper’s photography blog, and has been its co-editor since it launched in 2009. James has worked for the New York Times since 1987 and was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team in 2001.

Portfolio Review Required:

To be considered, portfolios should be submitted to Artistic Director, Andrea Wallace, at by Friday, February 5, 2016.


  • 15-20 images via ZIP folder – 1500 pixels on the long edge at 72 dpi
  • Website link
  • 200 word bio
  • 250 word statement of why you want to enroll in the workshop and what your goals are

We will email you regarding your status on or before Friday, March 11, 2016. If you are accepted, a deposit of $500 will be required within one week of notification of acceptance to hold your place. Housing will be assigned on a space available basis upon enrollment.

Please note, if we receive your materials after February 5, you will be considered on a space available basis.

Thank you for your interest in the Advanced Mentored Study Program, Visual Storytelling & Documentary Photography Projects. Please feel free to contact Artistic Director, Andrea Wallace, with any questions at or (970) 923-3181, ext. 233. Please do not contact Mr. Kashi or Mr. Estrin directly.

Ed Kashi, Syrian Refugees in Jordan (detail)

Ed Kashi, Syrian Refugees in Jordan (detail)