Workshop: Editing and Bookmaking with Daniel Milnor and Sarah Leen
Location: Menorca, Spain
When: May 18-25, 2024
Jorge Delgado-Ureña and Guest Speaker
Most photographers aspire to see their images as a book and there is no better feeling than having a photography project culminate in a beautiful physical object. Many aspects need to be considered when creating a book, from which photos to choose and how to create a coherent story, to how to sequence them and lay them out on the pages of your book.
This week-long workshop, hosted by The Raw Society in Menorca, Spain May 18-25, 2024 will guide participants through the process of creating your own book from an existing body of work. With the mentoring and guidance of Daniel Milnor andJorge Delgado-Ureña you will consider the many variables and steps it takes to create a photo book from which photos to choose and how to create a coherent story, how to sequence your images, the design, the typography and marketing. I, Sarah Leen, will join via Zoom to teach an editing masterclass. Please follow the link below for more information about this exceptional opportunity.
Workshop: Female Perspectives on Visual Storytelling
Location: East Boothbay, Maine
When: June 9-16, 2024
I am delighted to announce my first residential workshop for women photographers and editors called Female Perspectives on Visual Storytelling. From June 9 to June 16, 2024, we will gather at my home in Maine for a nourishing week of conversation, practice, and expert presentations designed to amplify your impact as visual storytellers. This will be part retreat and part working on the visual project of your choice.
Each day will offer focused presentations, editing, and group dialogue. Esteemed guest presenters Yunghi Kim, international photojournalist; Kathy Moran, former National Geographic magazine deputy director of photography; and Mary Virginia Swanson, author, educator, and advisor will provide perspectives and pivotal reflections from their years of leadership in our photography community. Bill Marr, former creative director of National Geographic and the Nature Conservancy, will join the group for a day to offer his expertise in editing and sequencing.
We invite applications from experienced female photographers and photo editors who can bring a visual project to be edited, reviewed, and discussed. Only nine applicants will be selected. One scholarship will be offered for this unique in-person experience. Selections will be based on the applicants’ experience, goals for the workshop, your project’s content, and the composition of the group. An early registration discount is available before February 1, 2024; the regular fee deadline is March 15, 2024
Please go to the link for more information and how to apply:
When: 3 4 Speakers: Sarah Leen, Endia Beal, Danese Kenon, Elizabeth Krist, Olivier Laurent, Kurt Mutchler
Please join us for a panel discussion and portfolio reviews celebrating the 50th Anniversary of B&H Photo at the BildExpo in New York City. Our panel will discuss best practices for pitching your photo story ideas to photo editors, finding the right audience for your ideas, and avoiding common mistakes. Sarah Leen, the co-founder of the Visual Thinking Collective and former director of photography at National Geographic, leads the discussion with an amazing group of visual professionals including Endia Bealaward-winning photographer, artist, curator, and teacher based in North Carolina, Danese Kenon, Managing Editor of Visuals at the Philadelphia Inquirer,Elizabeth Krist, editor and co-founder of the Visual Thinking Collective,Olivier Laurent,Washington Post international photo editor, andKurt Mutchler Senior Science Editor for the National Geographic magazine.
Event: The Color of Light: 50 Years of Maine Media Photography
Location: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square Portland, ME, 04101
When: Speakers: Sarah Leen, Elizabeth Greenberg, David Hilliard, Connie Imboden, Craig Stevens, Richard Tuschman
If you are in the Portland, Maine area please consider joining our discussion celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Maine Media Workshops + College. We will be discussing the evolution of color photography from analog to digital in connection with the current Exhibition Drawn to the Light: 50 Years of Photography at Maine Media Workshops + College. This event is free.
Event: VII Insider Book Club: Ukraine: A War Crime
When: 12 pm EDT, May 23, 2023 Speakers: Sarah Leen, Svetlana Bachevanova and Ziyah Gafic
Please join the publisher of FotoEvidence books Svetlana Bachevanova, photo editor Sarah Leen and VII photographer Ziyah Gafic for a conversation about the 2023 FotoEvidence Book Award which is dedicated to the first year of the war in Ukraine. The book, Ukraine: A War Crime, features 360 photographs and witness accounts by ninety-three photojournalists from 29 countries united to present their firsthand testimony about the Russian invasion of Ukraine from the perspective of those tasked with documenting it. In addition to providing intimate stories of what many Ukrainians endured, the book includes images on all aspects of the war from across Ukraine to draw a sweeping account of the destruction, the civilian toll of the war and the crimes committed on Ukrainian soil.
When: July 23-29, 2023 Instructors: John Stanmeyer and Sarah Leen
During seven days in the beautiful Berkshires we will explore the concepts of storytelling from researching, photographing and editing your work. We will also explore the art of creating social media stories and narrative for IGTV. Through living, cooking and being together this intimate gathering of 12 photographers we explore your vision, your images and move forward together.
Each photographer will bring a large body of work you have already created that we will study your process, brainstorm next steps and seek to enhance and support your vision. This gathering is all-inclusive food, drink and lodging. Just find your way to Great Barrington and we will be there for you. There are still some discounts available.
In this 2-day weekend workshop April 15 and 16 at the Bronx Documentary Center, you’ll learn to strengthen and heighten your ongoing projects with a variety of effective techniques. We’ll go over editing and sequencing, help you better articulate and communicate the intention/s lying behind your work, and explore ways you can reach potential audiences. Each day will include both individually-focused mentoring and group critique. Our goals for the workshop are to nurture your creative voice, provide candid feedback, offer new perspectives on your work, and prepare you for changes in the professional landscape for photographers.
Photo editors Elizabeth Cheng Krist and Alice Gabriner have viewed and analyzed millions of images over their careers, and have worked for decades with a range of diverse photographers producing stories at publications, curating exhibits, and editing books.
Alice Gabriner’s long career at TIME, the Obama White House, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The New Yorker has given her a unique perspective on changes in the profession. She is currently a faculty member at The International Center of Photography (ICP).
Elizabeth Cheng Krist was a Senior Photo Editor with National Geographic magazine for over 20 years and is a founding member of the Visual Thinking Collective. She is on the boards of Women Photograph and the W. Eugene Smith Fund, and advises the Eddie Adams Workshop. Recently she has been working with CatchLight, Apple, and National Geographic again.
Opens: 7pm EDT, March 23, 2023 Speakers: Elizabeth Krist, Sarah Leen, Adkili Ramsess, Mary Calvert
There is still time to register for a special free Eddie Adams Workshop webinar on Thursday, March 23rd, at 7:00pm ET to get expert advice on how to develop your portfolio from industry leaders Mary Calvert, Elizabeth Krist, Sarah Leen, and Akili Ramsess.
The panelists will share tips on preparing a portfolio for submission, whether you are applying for the Eddie Adams Workshop or to other organizations or attending a portfolio review.
This webinar is free and open to the public, but there is only limited space, so please reserve your spot here:
Opens: 1 PM, April 29, 2023 Curator: Elizabeth Krist
The non-profit media organization CatchLight will hold its 2023 Visual Storytelling Summit on the theme “The Change We Want to See” in San Francisco on Saturday, April 29, 2023. Organized with Elizabeth Krist, curator and formerly a photo editor at National Geographic, the event will feature portfolio reviews with Houston-based contemporary arts organization, FotoFest, in the morning, followed by presenters and topics spanning artificial intelligence imagery, reporting on environmental issues, reproductive rights, racial justice, and how local journalists are holding power accountable at a time when trust in public institutions and mass media are at all-time lows. Registration is free.
It is not too late to register for the 40th annual Northern Short Course (NSC) held in person March 16-18, 2023 at The Westin Tysons Corner, Falls Church, VA. During this three-day event learn from and network with industry leaders, as they share their work and discuss what makes them successful. Choose from a variety of workshops and lectures on topics such as business practices, multimedia, lighting, video storytelling, and more. Sign up for one-on-one portfolio reviews from top photo editors and photographers. Meet manufacturers and suppliers of photographic equipment, presenting the latest technology available. Save the date for the NSC Contest Awards and NPPA Annual Awards reception, Saturday, March 18, 2023 following the conclusion of the 2023 Northern Short Course.
Location: Online for entry. Exhibition in Arles, France 2023.
Deadline: February 21, 2023 Jury: Sarah Leen
OpenWalls is an international photography award presented by @bjp1854 (w British Journal of Photography) that will exhibit selected works during the Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles summer photo festival at the Galerie Huit Arles. This is an amazing opportunity!! This will be my first time as a member this jury so I am very excited to see the work!! Check it out.
The deadline is February 21, 2023
The theme this year is "Truth."
"We are looking for work that considers what truth means in contemporary photography. How does the truth inform the ways we see the world today? Whose truth does a photograph show? Most importantly, what does truth look like to you?"
Time: 10 am - 7 pm EDT Speakers:Greg Gorman, Xyza Cruz Bacani, Sam Abell
Exhibitions, talks, gear demos, and photo walks featuring more than two dozen photographers and filmmakers such as Bethany Mollenkof, Jaida Grey Eagle, Micheli Oliver, Lanna Apisukh, Greg Gorman, Xyza Cruz Bacani, and Sam Abell. (Editing support from Elizabeth Krist.)
Date: October 24 -November 4, 2022 Location: Online Event: Santa Fe Workshops, Editing the Visual Story Instructors: Sarah Leen
Do you have a project you are working on with so many images you don't know where to begin editing it for an exhibit, a pitch, a portfolio review or a book? Most photographers find it challenging to edit their own work. This two-week workshop, with six group sessions, is for photographers working on projects who would like to become better editors of their own work. Individual sessions will be held in the afternoons or on days between classes. If you need help clarifying your ideas, selecting your best images, and sequencing them into a compelling and impactful body of work please join us!! This class is collaborative and inspirational as we will learn from one another and participate in each other's successes. Please follow the link for more information and to register.
Event: An Intimate Conversation about Art Location: Online Dates: August 25, 2022 Time: 8pm EDT
Join editor and curator Elizabeth Cheng Krist, artist Manjari Sharma, and Executive Director/curator Hamidah Glasgow for an intimate conversation about the making and surfacing of art and the relationship between an editor/curator and an artist.The art world begins with art, and art comes from inspiration, curiosity, process, craft, and persistence. Surfacing the work to a public audience is the next step after making work. Our conversation will follow this thread. We will begin with inspiration and the making of work and then segue into some of the practical and relational pieces of an art practice and editorial or curatorial practice.
Event: VII Photo Editor Series Location: Online Dates: July 19, 2022 Time: 12:00-1:15pm EDT Speakers: Sarah Leen
The Photo Editors Series are conversations with well-known photo editors about how they view the media today, the role of visuals in reporting, the work they like to see, and advice for photographers on how best to connect with publishers. Hosted byVII Academy Managing Editor David Campbell and photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien, the series will combine an overview of the contemporary media landscape with practical tips. The editors in the series will speak as individuals rather than representatives of their organizations, and the event will be interactive with good opportunities for audience questions. In this sixth episode, we will be speaking with Sarah Leen, founder of The Visual Thinking Collective and the former Directory of Photography for National Geographic Magazine and Visual Media.
Event: Photoville 2022 / Nature Nurtures exhibit Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park Brooklyn, New York Dates: June 4-26, 2022 Curators:Elizabeth Krist and Sarah Leen Nature Nurtures may be seen as a free-standing exhibition in Brooklyn Bridge Park during Photoville 2022, June 4-26. The exhibit features the work of 12 photographers who have documented how nature inspires and sustains them, brings solace to others, and is a powerful antidote to the stresses of contemporary life.
"During the isolation of the pandemic, it became clear to many that nature held a cure. Humans have recognized the healing effects of nature for centuries. In Japan, the government studied the therapeutic benefits of immersing ourselves in nature, which they called shinrin-yoku, or 'forest bathing.' Research has shown that regular exposure to nature can lower blood pressure, cortisol levels, anxiety, and can strengthen the immune system."
Event: Northern Short Course Location: Online Dates: March 30-April 2, 2022 Organizer: Lauren Steel
There is still time to attend the Northern Short Course and enjoy three days of networking, education, inspiration, workshops and lectures. the speakers and faculty include, David Guttenfelder, Kiana Hayeri, Melissa Groo, Natalia Jimenez, Marcus Yam and many more. Join On March 30 for kickoff to the 2022 NSC, for the NSC Contest Awards and NPPA National Awards ceremony. Portfolio Reviews are on March 31 and April 2. Register Now!!
Time: 2:00 PM ET Location: Online Event: The Art of Getting Your Work Seen
Panel Speaker: Elizabeth Krist Leica is pleased to announce the third annual Leica Women Summit. This tuition-free gathering brings together a community of trailblazing visionaries whose dedication to the art and business of photography is shaping the industry today.Focused on unlocking new opportunities for others, the Summit is an opportunity to learn from industry leaders in a series of public lectures, discussions, and conversations to help you prioritize and monetize your passion.
Deadlines: January 27-February 27, 2022 Location: Online Event: me&EVE Grant Juror: Sarah Leen
2022 Call for Entries Now Open CENTER is pleased to offer the me&EVE Grant and provide financial support to a female-identified, non-binary, transgender, or gender non-conforming photographer, 40 years of age and over in its fourth year. This grant is made possible by Review Santa Fe alumna, Dorie Hagler, whose project me&EVE amplifies the voices of women. Initiated in 2016 on International Women’s Day, this project was inspired after seeing the transformative effects of witnessing women share their stories.
Grant Package: // $1,000 grant // Mentorship // Professional Development Workshop Admission // Review Santa Fe Admission and Project Presentation // Group Exhibition of Award & Grant Winners at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts // Featured Project Publication with Lenscratch // Permanent Online Exhibition with CENTER
Date: January 24 - February 4, 2022 Location: Online Event: Santa Fe Workshops, Editing the Visual Story Instructors: Sarah Leen
Most photographers find it challenging to edit their own work. This two-week workshop, with six group sessions, is for photographers working on projects who would like to become better editors of their own work. If you need help clarifying your ideas, selecting your best images, and sequencing them into a compelling and impactful body of work please join us!! The class in collaborative and inspirational as we learn from one another and participate in each other's successes. Individual sessions will be held in the afternoons or days between classes. Please follow the link for more information and to register.
Date: August 23-27, 2021 Location: Rockport, Maine Event: Maine Media Workshops: Editing the Visual Story Instructors: Sarah Leen and Bill Marr
Editing the Visual Narrative will be back in person at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine this August! This workshop is for the photographer with a completed or on-going visual project who wishes to take their work from a collection of images to a complete and compelling visual narrative. In this workshop we will examine the elements of storytelling to offer you a clear, step-by-step approach to refining your storytelling skills, organizing your images, and editing and sequencing your photographs for an exhibit, a book, or a publishable story. Please follow the link for more information. Join us.
Judging: Online Event: The Festival of Ethical Photography
Judge: Lauren Steel
The World.Report Award / Documenting Humanity aims at a new form of social commitment through photography. The award is open to both professional and amateur photographers from all over the world. The Festival of Ethical Photography was born in 2010 in Lodi, Italy with the intention of focusing on ethical content of great relevance, bringing the general public closer to social issues. The award will give attention to works focusing on people and their social or cultural stories; public or private, minor or crucial, major human tragedies or smaller daily life stories, changes and immutability. There are cash prizes, exhibits and gear for the winners. Winners will be announced August 30, 2021. Festical takes place in October. Deadline for entries is May 28, 2021
Time: 12:30 PM EDT Location: Online Event: WSP The Visual Narrative: Editing and Sequencing
Speaker: Sarah Leen
Please consider joining me for a presentation about visual storytelling for the WSP (Wide Shut Photography) Collective based in Rome, Italy. I will speak and present on editing, organizing your images and sequencing your work aimed for publications and photography competitions.
Please follow the link and use the drop down menu to register. Also consider some of the other three amazing speakers and topics!! The WSP website is Italian only but the lectures for this series will all be presented in English. Fee is 40 Euros or $49.00 US.
Date: April 23, 2021, 12PM EDT Location: Online Event: FotoEvidence Focus on Books Moderator: Sarah Leen
Please join Antonio Faccilongo, Ramon Pez Pez and FotoEvidence publisher Svetlana Bachevanova and myself for a stimulating conversation about the 2020 World Press Photo Book Award winner and 2021 Story of the Year HABIBI this Friday April 23 at 12pm EDT. "How I Photographed Love in a War Torn Country" is the story of a personal journey on how love can survive in the most challenging of situations. Please use this link to register. Free to all.
Date: April 22-24, 2021 Location: Online Event: Northern Short Course Organizer: Lauren Steel
The 39½ annual Northern Short Course will be held virtually this year on the device of your choice from April 22-24. The NSC will offer three days of networking, education and inspiration with amazing Lectures and Workshops. Also please join us on April 21, 2021 for the kickoff to the 2021 Northern Short Course, for the NSC Contest Awards and NPPA National Awards ceremony. Please follow the link below to register.
Some of the wonderful faculty members who will be presenting this year are: Victor Blue, Alysia Burton Steele, Victoria Will, Salwan Georges, Matt Pearl, Kyndell Harkness, Erin Schaff, Julio Cortez and Haruka Sakaguchi. We'll be announcing more faculty in the coming days. Northern Short Course
Date: January 24 - February 4, 2022 Location: Online Event: Santa Fe Workshops, Editing the Visual Story Instructors: Sarah Leen and Bill Marr
This two-week workshop with six group sessions is made for photographers working on long-term projects who would like to become better editors of their own work. Most photographers find it challenging to edit their own work. If you need help clarifying your ideas, selecting your best images, and sequencing them into a compelling and impactful body of work please join us!! The class in collaborative and inspirational as we learn from one another and participate in each other's successes. Individual sessions will be held in the afternoons or days between classes. Please follow the link for more information and to register.
Date: January 27, 2021 Time: 6:30- 9:30 PM EST Location: Online Event: FotoFest: Preparing for the Online Portfolio Review Panelists:Sarah Leen with Mary Virginia Swanson, Douglas Marshal and Lisa Volpe
With so many of us meeting and sharing work online this seminar will discuss how to prepare yourself and your work to insure your review is a success. Please join Sarah Leen, Mary Virginia Swanson, (Advisor, M.V. Swanson & Associates), Douglas Marshall (Owner and Director, Marshall Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA), and Lisa Volpe (Associate Curator, Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX) for an in-depth discussion that will offer tips on best practices for online reviews and how to take advantage of their private nature that has advantages to reviews conducted in person. Please follow the link to register.
Deadline: January 10, 2021 Location: Siena, Italy Event: Siena International Photo Awards Juror:Elizabeth Krist
Siena International Photo Awards is a photographic contest open to professional and non-professional photographers from all around the world. SIPA is one of the photo contests with the highest international participation. The 2019 edition received nearly 48.000 images from amateur and professional photographers from 156 countries worldwide. The winners will receive the Pangea Prize Crystal statuette during the Awards Ceremony which will be held in Siena in October as well as other cash and gear prizes. The winning images will be showcased in Siena at the "Imagine all the People Sharing all the World" exhibition in the fall of 2021.
Date: January 4, 2021 10AM EST Location: Online Event: VII Interactive Book Club Speakers: Sarah Leen and Donna Ferrato
Please join Donna Ferrato and myself for a conversation about Donna's new book HOLY. Donna is fearless, a warrior for women and all the being female represents. Holy is both fierce and tender, personal and universal. Please join us for what I know will be an interesting discussion. Free to all!
Dates: October 18-24, 2020 Location: NYC Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Event: Workshop and Editing Editing: Elizabeth Cheng Krist
In this workshop, participants will gain insights from a diverse range of industry experts on advancing their project towards targeted presentation. This includes researching your topic and finding its audience, working to edit a project to its strengths and present it to potential venues, publishers, and other constituencies.
Author, educator, and mentor Mary Virginia Swanson will be the lead faculty member, presenting a series of illustrated lectures that will broaden your industry awareness on a range of key issues. Topics discussed include the evolving editorial market, the challenges to the traditional gallery market, identifying new buyers for fine prints and licensing rights, understanding exhibition venues to maximize opportunities, and the role publications can play in promoting your work. Additionally, she will meet with each participant to help identify appropriate audiences for their work and discuss how to effectively market to them.
At the start of the workshop, Swanson will be joined by award-winning photo editor Elizabeth Krist for a 2-day editing session of students’ work. Through classroom talks and interactive demonstrations, you will learn the nuances of editing your photographs. Krist will work with each participant to edit images brought to the workshop, helping you to reveal the heart of your project.