A Photo Community of Practice and Learning

We are a community of photographers, artists, journalists, educators and friends focusing on long form visual storytelling, with an emphasis on building shared learning structures and connections. Since our first workshop in 2020 our community continues to grow.  


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Core Workshop: Long Form Project Development - NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS 

Session I: Virtual, November 16-18 2024
Session II: TBD - October, 2025

Virtual - Online
Maximum Capacity: 18 students


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: 

  • 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 $975. 

  • A non-refundable deposit  ($175) for session 1 is due upon acceptance or before July 15th, with the remaining balance ($800) for session 1 due September 4th, 2024.
  • The remaining balance for session 2 will be due January 5, 2025. 

In an effort to make the workshop as accessible as possible for every 8 workshop registrants we will offer a full scholarship. 

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.


We currently offer the following workshops. Central to each workshop we teach is growing a community of practice as well as activating spaces for deep creative experimentation, skill building, open exchanges of knowledge, shared vulnerability and mutual support. 

Core Workshop

Hybrid- online with optional in person component

The core workshop digs into foundational skills and strategies for creating long-form visual storytelling projects. The cadence, and intimate cohort model of the workshop focuses on cultivating an active community of practice and provides space for participants to progress their own projects over the course of a year. Learn more here and check out the work of former workshop attendees here.

Alumni Gatherings & Workshops

We are committed to developing community that lasts. In response to requests from alumni to continue connecting and learning together, we host an annual alumni retreat as well as offer topic-based alumni only workshops tailored to the interests of participants. See here for more information.

Baja Workshop 

More information coming soon!


Alumni Retreat


Join us in October as we gather for a full-day (re)generative retreat among the redwoods in Northern California. The retreat will include dedicated time for each participant to share work/updates on their long form project (or project of their choice) and receive insights and feedback from peers and instructors. It will also include facilitated discussions (as usual nothing will be off limits), a photo hike in nature and social hour. This is a special, supportive space to build camaraderie with other workshop participants past/present, exchange feedback on projects as well as reconnect with inspiration and community.

Tentative Schedule
10:30 am - welcome & introductions
11 am - 2 pm - feedback sessions
2 pm - 4pm - lunch (byo or in town options available), discussions & short photo hike (weather permitting)
4 pm - 6:00- feedback sessions
6:00 pm- closing
6:30 pm- break/overflow time
7:00 pm- social hour 

Retreat is limited to alumni & incoming students

Max Capacity is 12 participants; first come first serve

Workshop social, 2020, Bay Area (Talia Herman, Jenny and Brian)
Brian Frank and Salgu Wissmath, Alumni



To register, please prepare a personal portfolio of 6-12 images and fill out the APPLICATION FORM.

Priority deadline to apply is August 25, 2023, applications received after the deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full.
  • Click here for more information on the core workshop

Tuition, Financial Support & Payment Schedule
    • The core workshop is structured as a year-long community of practice; consisting of two immersive sessions with individual coaching meetings scheduled in between. Tuition for each session is $875 + optional in person add on (additional $175).
      • A non-refundable 20% deposit ( $175)  is due within 10 days of notification of acceptance with the remaining balance for session 1 due September 15, 2023.
      • A 20% ($175) deposit for session 2 will be due January 15,2024 with the remaining balance for session 2 due by September 1, 2024.

    • We are commited to making our workshops as accessible as possible--for every 8 students that register, at least one scholarship will be awarded based on a combination of merit and need. The class will be capped at 18 students (including scholarship recipients).  *If you are an individual or organization interested in sponsoring a scholarship please contact info@tacet-eye.com

    • Past students have also successfully secured outside funding to attend the workshop, we are happy to write letters of support for those pursuing additional funding opportunities to attend the workshop.

    • Students are expected to have an initial idea or work from a long-form project currently in progress. The workshop will include intensive reviews and editing of existing work. Students will gain practical knowledge and fresh perspectives to advance their ideas and personal projects to a new level of quality, artistic expression, and impact.


  • Documentary Practice and Personal Project Development
  • Long-term Project Development
  • Caption Writing and Trauma-Informed Approaches to Narrative
  • Editing, Sequencing and Ethics 
  • Poetics and Process