I am engaged in a wide variety of education initiatives including University level education, capacity building in the majority world and private curated workshops.
I started teaching photography workshops in 2002. The workshops I design have earned a reputation for being immersive and transformative experiences. They are based in locations that I know very well and have a sophisticated local infrastructure where professional level foreign assignments can be re-created. The difference between the workshops and real assignments is that the participating photographers are mentored and receive feedback on a daily basis. The photographers also receive technical instruction and exposure to presentations by notable photographers from the region we are in. These workshops are designed for people who are committed to their photography; the workshops are recognized as being very intensive, particularly those in which I collaborate with my friend Philip Blenkinsop in Asia. Some of my former workshop students include Adam Ferguson, Sam James, Balazs Gardi, Justin Mott, Bryan Denton, Nicole Sobecki, Agnes Dherbeys, Maciek Nabrdalik, and the founders of Sputnik Photos.
Information about private workshops will be posted on this website in the diary section or you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curated Individual Education
Occasionally students are interested in working in a more intimate teaching environment. I have run two teaching experiences where I have worked on my own long term project accompanied by two students in the field. The first was in Nagaland in North East India and the most recent in Shan State in Myanmar. On both occasions working amongst the hill tribes in the region. If you are interested in this form of education, please contact me at email@example.com.
Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University
In 2010 I founded the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice (PNDP) at the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) at Tufts University, which is ranked as one of America's leading universities. I resigned from Tufts in May 2018 to build a new school with the VII Foundation based in Perpignan, France.
The PNDP was a unique journalism program based on education through concentrated practice and critique taught by Sam James and I.
The PNDP taught long form narrative non-fiction storytelling to graduate and undergraduate students who were drawn from multiple disciplines at the University. A typical class contained social scientists, engineers, political scientists and students of the arts and humanities. The students worked on their own journalism projects in the local community. The stories included visual, audio and written elements and demanded approximately ten to twelve hours commitment per week. The students convened in our studio for weekly one-on-one editorial tutorials and refined their projects before heading out into the field again. Of the sixty students we had since we started, several have gone on to work at The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, National Geographic, The New York Times, NBC News, NPR, Instagram, Facebook, and elsewhere. Others have built successful freelance careers. Every year our students produced real journalism on internships with media organizations in Asia and Africa.
The Program was born out a of a long relationship I had developed with the IGL and its students. Since 2003 I had taken small groups of Tufts undergraduates on journalism workshops to Cambodia, Vietnam, Kosovo, Kashmir, and Argentina with journalist Mort Rosenblum. The students responded very well to teaching through practice. After I finished my Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 2010, Sherman Teichman, Director of the IGL and I committed to applying this teaching through practice methodology in a university setting.
CANON: Capacity Building & Education in Africa
I have developed with Canon a program in East Africa that provides education and mentoring for young professionals and university students from all over the region. The workshops are the beginning of sustained programming and commitment from Canon that seeks to build a connected regional community and improve the ability of young African photographers to build and maintain successful professional careers.
Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops
One of the first workshops I managed took place in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in 2003. I taught with my colleagues from VII—Alexandra Boulat, James Nachtwey, and Antonin Kratochvil. Philip Blenkinsop then of Agence VU and Antone d’Agata of Magnum came to visit and share their work with the students. During a long night at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Siem Reap, Philip and I conceived the idea of a photo festival and workshop series in Cambodia. We shared the idea with Jean Yves Navel, Christophe Lovigny, Patrick de Noirmont, Roland Neveu, and Antoine D’Agata, and the Angkor Photo Festival and Workshops were created. The festival grew and has been managed for the last decade by Jean Yves Navel and Francoise Callier with a team in Siem Reap.
The idea behind the festival and workshops was to create an environment where photographers from all over Asia could convene, share their work, share knowledge, and help create a vibrant community of storytellers in the region. There are now hundreds of indigenous young men and women who are part of that thriving community.