Core Workshop: Long Form Project DevelopmentSession I: October 22-24, 2023
Session II: October, 2024
Virtual - Online
Maximum Capacity: 18 students
IMAGE CREDIT: SOFIA ALDINIO, 2020 ALUMNI
This intensive, hands-on and immersive visual workshop will be beneficial to photographers of all levels looking to dive into the ins and outs of long form visual storytelling, while developing their own personal and long-term projects.
Long-term documentary work demands a high level of commitment, creativity, persistence, planning and strategy. Our approach to community and skill building combines non-traditional resources, using poetry, music, literature, film, trauma-informed care and critical theory to help inform how we craft visual narratives. Throughout the workshop year, participants will dig into the logistical and emotional challenges unique to developing long-term visual documentary projects.
Central to the core workshop is cultivating an active community of practice and support--we will cover practical steps to building networks that support economic, communal and mental well-being as well as how to safely navigate challenging environments. Through hands-on assignments, guest speakers, editing and critique sessions as well as surveying past and contemporary works, participants will come away with new ideas, actionable strategies, and a refreshed vision for their own project development.
The year-long cohort model of the core workshop is designed for thoughtful, deep and sustained project support and community building--in addition to engaging with a wide range of visual storytelling approaches and topics, participants will formulate strategies and a working edit specific to their project by completion of the second session. We strongly encourage participants who can commit to both sessions and year-round coaching/engagement to apply (note: individual coaching times will be flexible to the schedule of participants and instructors).
All skills are welcome, however, those wanting to pursue long-term projects and/or those interested in delving deeper into personal creative work are best suited for this workshop.
Workshop Topics Include:
Summary of Core Workshop Components:
- Narrative development and artistic expression
- Strategic project planning
- Personal and professional sustainability
- Rethinking distribution models
- Collaboration and social impact
- Representation, ethics and challenges specific to long-term projects
- Project proposals and pitch development
- Mixed media readings and assignments
Summary of Core Workshop Components:
- An ongoing community of practice & support (including your cohort + a broader network of workshop alumni & community members)
- Immersive workshop sessions with optional in- person gathering
- Small instructor to student ratio (< 6 students : instructor)
- Cohort check ins in between workshop sessions
- At least 2 hours of one on one coaching with workshop instructors scheduled in-between workshop sessions
- Radical transparency, inclusive space for inquiry & creative experimentation
- Access to alumni-only workshop offerings, retreats, coaching and project amplification opportunities
Tuition & Support:
The core workshop is structured as a year-long community of practice; consisting of two immersive sessions with individual coaching meetings & check-ins scheduled in between. Each session is $875 + optional in person add on (additional $175).
- A non-refundable 20% deposit( $175) for session 1 is due on September 10, 2023 with the remaining balance ($700) for session 1 due October 1, 2023.
- A 20% ($175) deposit for session 2 will be due January 5,2024 with the remaining balance for session 2 due September 5, 2024.
We are also happy to write letters of support for those pursuing outside funding opportunities to attend the workshop.
To register, please prepare your personal portfolio and fill out the APPLICATION FORM.
IMAGE CREDIT: HANNA YOON, 2020 ALUMNI