Visual Storytelling & Documentary Photography Projects – P0719-17 – NEW SECTION

Date: Jul 16 - 20, 2018

Skill Level(s): IV i

Instructor(s): Ed Kashi & James Estrin

Tuition: $1,500
Studio Fee: $50
Registration Fee: $45


Application deadline: March 3, 2017; notified by March 17, 2017
Future dates: July 16 – 20, 2018; July 15 – 19, 2019

The Center for Advanced Mentored Studies at Anderson Ranch is a vital link in the education of emerging artists. Advanced students gain access to master faculty—top contemporary artists and educators—over a three-year period, providing rigorous inquiry and steady direction for their individual practice. Students gain the critical levels of knowledge and mentorship necessary to take the next, important steps of becoming serious contributors in their chosen fields. The program, which includes studio work, critical dialogue and critique offers artists the opportunity to expand the scope of their current practice as well as their ability to develop a critical eye regarding their work. Students meet once per year for a week-long workshop at Anderson Ranch. Students are expected to continue to work on a project (or projects) over a three-year period. In addition to the summer classes, participants engage in mid-year portfolio reviews as well as individual bi-monthly meetings online with faculty to discuss their ongoing work and progress. At mid-year, faculty conduct an online critique with the whole group.

The digital age has given documentary photographers and photojournalists new ways to tell stories with greater authorship and control. Embark on a three-year journey and 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. We harness new technologies to be more effective storytellers, including iPhones and Instagram, social media and transmedia.

Media & Techniques:

We 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 the instructors to discuss personal projects, and talk about career advice or the promoting and publishing of work.


Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator whose sensitive eye and an 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 senior staff photographer for The New York Times. He is the founder of Lens, the Times’ 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. He is a co-producer of the HBO film “Under Fire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro.”

Generously underwritten by Becky and Mike Murray.

Apply Online

Read More About Advanced Mentored Studies

Ed Kashi, Fisherman in Madagascar, 2010

You May Also Like

Photographic Collage: A Painterly Approach – JANSTU2018P

Learn More

The Eloquent Vessel: sculpture & pottery – C0710-17

Learn More

JAMAICA DESTINATION WORKSHOP: Pottery Making: for wood and soda firing – FJAM0418

Learn More

Power in Paint! – ZS0406-18

Learn More