On Location
Santa Fe

Developing a Personal Project

with Ed Kashi

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Course Description

Dive into the heart of visual storytelling and artistic expression through the exploration of crafting and finalizing personal projects. These projects not only set us apart but also drive professional growth while nurturing personal and human connections.

In this immersive five-day workshop in Santa Fe with Ed Kashi, the primary emphasis is guiding participants in creating and finalizing a personal project. Students also have the opportunity to complete individual assignments on-location and practice their skills related to research, scouting, shooting within a deadline, and delivering a final product. These projects serve as the cornerstone defining our identity as visual storytellers and artists.

Engage in an intimate and safe environment to present your work, exploring innovative methods of visual storytelling using available mediums like photography, text, and motion. Conceptual approaches are welcomed. Receive both individual and group critiques on your workshop creations, while also having the chance to seek feedback on other ongoing projects.

Whether you’re a professional or a high-level amateur seeking to elevate and refine your work, this workshop promises transformative impact. The focus lies in assisting participants to develop their personal vision and distinct styles.

Echoing Ed’s approach, the ultimate goal is to identify subjects that ignite a profound passion and document them using a unique and impactful visual style. Drawing from his extensive repertoire, Ed showcases his varied personal projects, collaborations with NGOs and Foundations, and editorial contributions to acclaimed publications such as National Geographic, Time, and The New Yorker. Together, we examine diverse visual formats like photographs, multimedia, and short films, exploring the vibrant array of creative possibilities.

Additional Information

COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2023, Santa Fe Workshops highly recommends that all participants, staff, and instructors attending be up to date with Covid vaccinations (per definition of the CDC).

Advanced Amateurs, Professionals
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.

Activity Level:
To get the most from your workshop experience, participants should be in good physical (mobility, stamina) and mental health. Come prepared for the high elevation of Santa Fe, long days, and seasonal weather including high temperatures. You must be able to carry your own photographic and personal gear at all times, both on campus and on location. You are responsible for being open and honest about your physical fitness, and we reserve the right to remove you from the workshop if we find your fitness to be less than that which you have described.
Documentary, Storytelling
© Tomas Van Houtryve
Ed Kashi

Ed Kashi is a prolific photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator who has been making images and telling stories for over 40 years. His restless creativity has continually placed him at the forefront of new approaches to visual storytelling. Dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times, a sensitive eye and an intimate and compassionate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his intense and unsparing work.

As a member of VII Photo Agency, Ed has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. His work has been honored with major awards from World Press Photo, POYi and many others, exhibited around the world and published in the major magazines, websites, and newspapers globally. Ed’s 12th and latest book, “Abandoned Moments: A Love Letter to Photography,” is out now.

Website: edkashi.com

Instagram: @EdKashi

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