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 media makers. 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:
AshokaU Global Nomads Group
CatchLight + Dysturb Our Democracy Project
The Everyday Projects Photoville Festival
VII Foundation / Lost Rolls America and many morePhotoville Festival Professional Development Day
We are dedicated to utilizing the power of photography to further deep-thinking, communication, and action. Our online content has a variety of educational applications and our collaborative partnership projects can be used for replication, adaptation, and inspiration.
The VII Foundation
The VII Foundation challenges complex social, economic, environmental, and human rights issues through documentary non-fiction storytelling and education. Our partnership includes VII Insider with its freely available in-depth personal presentations, business and technical webinars, and writing on photography’s role in the world. The Foundry Photojournalism Workshop supports local photographers working to document their own communities (see detail below). Our VII Community project connects former students from the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop and the VII Academy worldwide for continuing education and conversation. Lost Rolls America compiles the public’s lost rolls of film for a digital repository of visual memories (see detail below). With VII Foundation and the YMCA of Greater Boston, Youth Voices teens worked long-term with professionals to develop their photographic and life skills.
Ashoka addresses the world’s most urgent challenges with innovative solutions through its 4000+ social entrepreneurs in 90+ countries. Our partnership with Ashoka U, 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 grant competition, InSights: Past, Present and Future Self Through Photography, awarded grants to projects on 9 Ashoka U changemaker campuses in 4 countries.
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. PhotoWings funded mission-relevant equipment, project photographer business training, and documented presentations/conducted interviews at 3 of its Collaborations for Cause events. Our partnership funded its Photoville container and Blue Earth Alliance conducted portfolio reviews in our Photoville Festival tent.
CatchLight leverages the power of visuals to inform, connect and transform communities. Since 2017, our partnership has documented three Visual Storytelling Summits and interviewed presenters, created a Toolkit for Artists Against the Infodemic, and interviewed CatchLight fellows and Everyday Bay Area photographers. The CatchLight Local partnership links visual journalists with community-based newsrooms, produces in-depth visual projects, community activations, and workshops on visual memory and
The Eddie Adams Workshop
The Eddie Adams Workshop (EAW), is a 4-day educational gathering where leading photography professionals teach 100 carefully-selected emerging photographers. Our eight-year partnership has produced in-depth interviews with their remarkable faculty and From Experience, a series documenting important lessons from their legendary careers.
The Everyday Projects
The Everyday Projects and their ever-growing global community of photographers strives to make images that convey a more accurate view of daily life than what is commonly seen in the media by fostering new generations of storytellers and audiences that recognize the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us. Our seven-year partnership has helped develop visual literacy, empathy and communication skills through The Everyday Projects website, The Everyday Africa book and educational supplement, theater projects, educational videos, a middle/high school photojournalism curriculum, and Seasons 2 and 3 of The Essentials, online photo-based workshops created in partnership with Black Women Photographers.
Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT
Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT (FCDD) is a community photojournalism initiative that teaches emerging photographers journalistic practices as they create a documentary record of Detroit.
FCDD’s annual juried Fellowship for local Emerging and Early Career Photographers pairs fellows with acclaimed photojournalists, editors, curators, and documentarians to hone their photographic and life skills and exhibit their work. PhotoWings began partnering with FCDD in 2017 to bring its photographers and their work to the Photoville Festival, produce newspapers and create other
Foundry Photojournalism Workshop brings some of the world's most respected visual journalists to a different country each year to inspire and educate local photographers who are working to document their own communities. Since 2011, we have created an extensive online library of Foundry interviews, presentations and Lessons in the Field videos. In 2019, we brought this esteemed event to Kigali, Rwanda in partnership with The VII Foundation. In 2021, a virtual Foundry brought the Workshop to 72 students from 31 countries in 9 languages with presentations now available in 7 languages in our online archive. In 2022, a second virtual Foundry focused for the first time on students in the USA.
Global Nomads Group
Global Nomads Group (GNG) fosters dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth by working at the intersection of cultural exchange, international education, and conflict resolution. Since 2015, our partnership has integrated photography and photographic thinking into the GNG Student to World curricula, GNG facilitator guides and cross-generational, cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary programs. Photography has been incorporated into Seat at the Table, a safe and inclusive place where global youth between the ages of 15 and 19 connect, make friends, and share their ideas and experiences.
Our Democracy Project
Our Democracy Project (ODP) is a collaborative multi-media project about how Americans see democracy and the responsibility of citizenship. Emphasizing news literacy, community engagement and visual exploration, it examines the social conditions underpinning our society and provides a visual record of the current state of local democracy. Our education partnership with ODP and the National Writing Project includes a curriculum toolkit that interweaves educational videos, social media and other resources for teachers that engage their classrooms in cross-cultural conversations and reportage about everyday democracy in their communities.