PhotoWings Brochure

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Visual Literacy • Empathy • Context

Reflection • Legacy • Perspective

Collaboration • Storytelling • Trust

Self-Discovery • Critical Thinking

Inspiration • Resilience • Change • History

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Photography education crosses cultures, disciplines and generations.

Visual media speaks to us in many languages. With our partners we have created photography-based thinking to help enrich our understanding of the world and ourselves. Our lesson plans, curricula, and tool kits help guide and act as conversation starters for the classroom, families, and community engagement in a multitude of creative ways as they explore their histories through archives and develop photojournalism, media literacy and critical thinking skills. They also help educate the next generation of visual storytellers. Technology helps all of us share these resources and the knowledge of professionals who mentor students in communities around the world.

A selection of lesson plans, webinars, curricula, and toolkits for professional development, use in the classroom, community, and public art engagement can be found on our website, created in partnership with:


CatchLight + Dysturb

Global Nomads Group

Our Democracy Project

The Everyday Projects Photoville

VII Foundation / Lost Rolls America and many more

Photoville Festival Professional Development Day

The VII Foundation

The VII Foundation is transforming visual journalism by empowering new voices from underrepresented countries and communities and creating stories that advocate change. Our partnership includes:

• VII Insider with its freely available in-depth personal presentations, business, and technical webinars, live events including the photo festival in Arles, and writing on photography’s role in the world

• VII Community in partnership with PhotoWings with ongoing education and support for a network of 1,000+ VII Academy and Foundry alumni, discussions, educational presentations, reviews, 1:1 mentoring, in-person global meet-ups, exhibition and VII Insider presentation opportunities, Discord platform for regular exchanges


Ashoka/AshokaU addresses the world’s most urgent challenges with evolving solutions through its 4000+ social entrepreneurs in 95+ countries. Our partnership resulted in innovative content including:

• Self-Discovery Through Photography, an online webinar to advance changemaking skills

• Lost Rolls America’s extensive interactive curriculum for middle and high school students and Online “Parent Activities” for families to explore their photo archives created in partnership with Generation Human Rights and available on our website

• Foundry Photojournalism Workshop which brings top-tier, free photojournalism education to the world

• A Changemaker campus competition that awarded grants internationally with several projects evolving into new PhotoWings-funded projects

Blue Earth Alliance

Blue Earth Alliance’s fiscal sponsorship, administered by the Santa Fe-based non-profit CENTER, raises awareness about endangered cultures, threatened environments, and social concerns through photographers and their projects. Our partnership:

• Provided mission-relevant equipment and Project Photographer Business Training

• Documented presentations and created interviews at 3 Collaborations for Cause events


CatchLight leverages the power of visuals to inform, connect and transform communities.

• CatchLight Local, a collaborative model for visual journalism that aims to advance trust and representation in local media through a shared visual desk supporting local newsrooms

• Four Visual Storytelling Summits with archival video documentation

The Eddie Adams Workshop

The Eddie Adams Workshop is a 4-day educational gathering where leading photography professionals teach 100 carefully-selected emerging photographers.

Our partnership includes the following on our website:

• In-depth interviews with the Workshop’s remarkable faculty

• From Experience, a video series documenting important lessons from their legendary careers

• Workshop presentations

• Original interviews with CatchLight Summit presenters, Fellows, and Everyday Bay Area photographers

• A Toolkit for Artists Against the Infodemic

• A Field Guide to Visual Journalism

The Everyday Projects

The Everyday Projects is creating a new generation of storytellers and audiences that recognize the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us.

Our partnership includes:

• Seasons 2-4 of The Essentials, online photo-based workshops created in partnership with Black Women Photographers

• A middle and high school photojournalism curriculum

• Development of The Everyday Projects website

• The Everyday Africa book and educational supplement, theater projects, and educational videos

Foundry Photojournalism Workshop

The Foundry Photojournalism Workshop brings top-tier, free photojournalism education to majority world students and those from underrepresented communities in G20 countries a chance to learn from some of the world’s most well-respected photojournalists and photography professionals.

Since 2011, we have:

• Created an extensive online library of original interviews, Lessons in the

Our Democracy Project

Our Democracy Project is a collaborative multi-media project about how Americans see democracy and the responsibility of citizenship, emphasizing news literacy, community engagement and visual exploration.

In partnership with National Writing Project, we created:

•A curriculum toolkit now on our website with educational videos, social media and other resources for teachers to engage classrooms in cross-cultural conversations and reportage about everyday democracy in their communities


Photoville amplifies and connects visual storytellers to a worldwide diverse audience through its free Photo Festival and Village bringing together 300+ photographers in 85 exhibits in Brooklyn Bridge Park and all five New York City boroughs (2 million visitors citywide in 2023) along with year-round activation of public spaces and community educational programming.

We have partnered on:

• Photoville Talks

• Festival Education Day

• Professional Development Labs

• Educator-Created Lesson Plans and Educator Exhibition Grants, Youth Exchange Panels

• Family Photography Evenings

• Year-Round Education Artists Visits, Teaching Artist Microgrants

• Community Heroes public art project, Toolkit, and Outreach

• The Photoville website, Festival Field Guide and Online Archive

• Resource Guides for the San Francisco Presidio My Park Moment photo show and the We Women Traveling Photo Exhibition

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund supports photographers whose work follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s humanistic photography and dedicated compassion during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.

Our partnership will provide for:

• Photographer grants

• Interviews with past award winners



PhotoWings Outreach Grants

Our grants explore innovative, creative, and thoughtful ways to better utilize photography across, disciplines, cultures, and generations. We work with our partners to create toolkits and curricula to maximize impact and ripples so that these diverse projects will not only make their mark but generate new ideas.

InSights: Past, Present and future Self Through Photography

Ashoka/AshokaU addresses the world’s most urgent challenges with innovative solutions through its 4000+ social entrepreneurs in 95+ countries. Our partnership with AshokaU, the university-based initiative of Ashoka with its network of Changemaker Campuses, created the online webinar Self-Discovery Through Photography to advance changemaking skills. Our AshokaU competition also awarded grants to 9 AshokaU Changemaker Campuses in 4 countries.

Social Change and Justice

Utilizing photography to address the causes, effects, and alternatives to the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, and reentry, Mark Strandquist’s Windows From Prison project (George Mason University) connected incarcerated individuals with high-school students to photograph from the prompt “If you could have a window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?” His Performing Statistics project asks “How would juvenile justice reform change if it was led by incarcerated youth?” PhotoWings was among the first to support this work with youth in detention who created exhibits and campaigns that helped advocates close a prison, pass legislation, connect the voices of youth with tens of thousands, and trained Richmond VA’s entire active duty Police force on youth perspectives, trauma-informed policy strategies, and alternatives to arrest / incarceration.

Storytellers For Good

Storytellers for Good (Brown University) selected students with skills in digital storytelling (written, photo, video, audio, or animation) to produce multimedia stories of social impact and innovation through interviews with students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Stories were shared online through a hub for social change with the Brown community.

Building Empathy with Photography

Carolyn Meyer’s project, “Bursting the Bubble: Fostering Connections Between Community and Campus” (Middlebury Institute of International Studies), was inspired by The Sanford Project at Rollins College, a PhotoWings/AshokaU InSights Grant winner. MIIS students and members of the surrounding Monterey community used photography as a communication tool to learn more about people they casually interacted with, such as their local barista, and to go deeper to get beyond stereotypes. PhotoWings worked with the grantee to create a project toolkit.

Redefining Community

The Sanford Project (Rollins College) used photography to redefine their community and to counter the news media’s portrayal of their city following the murder of Trayvon Martin. They explored unfamiliar neighborhoods and communicated with new people to capture the culture and landscape of the place they loved. Their exhibition brought the local community together in a new way and drew interest from the news media.

Interested in joining our PhotoWings Outreach Program? Inquires can be directed to us via email:

Hands-on Experiences with History and Legacy

RightSights, an interactive photographic experience and documentation project utilizing principles of design thinking, connected Tulane students at the 50th anniversary of the Free Southern Theater with artists, producers, and activists attending campus events, including the Tulane TEDxTU. Students made photographic portraits and interviewed attendees to caption and share the legacy and landscapes of civil rights activism with the goal of inspiring other change-makers—past, present and future—through their stories. They then shared their own dreams.

Diversity and Multiculturalism

Foreign Encounters (Ryerson University) redefined the concepts of diversity and multiculturalism in Toronto, with the prompt “Ever had a FUNNY, AWKWARD or TOUCHING encounter related to DIVERSITY in a way that’s NEW, HONEST and EDGY?” Through photo booth images and short, 150-word stories, students described where their differences with others became apparent, creating a cross-disciplinary dialogue that was intimate and often funny. Project stories and photographs were shared across campus and online to encourage reflection on the city’s diversity.

Visual Literacy

Earning Trust

Educating in the Classroom

Matt Black, documentary photographer Andrea Bruce, photojournalist Maggie Steber, documentary photographer

"I chose to become a photographer because I recognized that if I was to fight for social justice I should choose the best weapons available."

In-Depth Interviews

Explore hundreds of hours of video content, all free to the public, without ads or subscriptions.

We feature intriguing Lessons in the Field, artist presentations, and informative panel discussions from festivals and the educational gatherings of our partners. We also feature original video interviews to illuminate the often untold stories from photographers’ work and lives.

Our extensive media archive preserves past presentations and talks, bringing formative experiences in photography to future generations of storytellers.

Explore presentations and talks from:

Photoville Talks

Blue Earth Alliance Collaborations for Cause

Everyday Projects - The Essentials

International League of Conservation Photographers WiLDSPEAK

Foundry Photojournalism Workshops

CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit

LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph

The Alexia Foundation Latin American Stories that Drive Change Seminar

VII Community - Presentations

the power of photography around the world

Photography crosses cultures, disciplines, and generations. Our free educational resources include toolkits, lesson plans, and curricula that can be adapted into many different learning platforms.

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Explore our Media Archive

Our content is made free to the public, no ads or subscriptions required. From in-depth interviews to artist talks, panels to field lessons, we highlight some of the most important stories in and around the world of photography.

Mary Ellen Mark Legendary Photographer John Moore Maggie Steber Documentary Photographer Stanley Greene Photojournalist Adriana Zehbrauskas Photojournalist Photoville NYC PDN’s 30: Advice for Emerging Photographers from Emerging Photographers LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph Graciela Iturbide - Artist Talk John Stanmeyer Photojournalist - National Geographic
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