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Register today for an intimate one-day workshop on gaining access quickly to stories and subjects taught by two Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists.

November 8, 2014 | 9AM to 6PM

Register for this one-day, intimate workshop to gain hands-on experience in getting access to subjects and stories quickly. Using their years of professional experience, photojournalists Carolyn Cole and Todd Heisler will guide you through this process.

Throughout the day you will get the chance to:

  • Hear Cole and Heisler share stories about their experiences in the field
  • Gain hands-on experience working with a subject
  • Receive personalized advice from two award-winning photojournalists as you work
  • Have your work from the day reviewed by Cole and Heisler
  • Meet other supportive and passionate documentary photographers
  • Eat amazing Mexican food from our favorite neighborhood restaurant!

Space is limited to 12 students and advance registration is required. Register-today-button1

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9:00AM  After settling in with coffee, tea and donuts, students will introduce themselves.
9:15AM  Todd or Carolyn will show some of his or her work and share experiences and advice.
10:00AM  Story ideas will be passed out (at random) to students.
10:15AM  Students go out into the field to shoot for two hours, while guided by Cole and Heisler.
 12:00PM  Lunch at Xochimilco, our favorite neighborhood restaurant!
 1:30PM  Todd or Carolyn will show some of his or her work and share experiences and advice.
 2:00PM  Students revisit their subjects for two more hours to finish up their stories.
 4:00PM  Students will work together in groups to quickly edit their work.
 5:00PM  Students will present their work to the class and instructors for final feedback.


Cost: The workshop costs $300 for professionals and $250 for students who are currently enrolled in classes for the fall.

There are two scholarship places available for Bronx residents. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a link to your portfolio and a cover letter detailing how this workshop would benefit you to info@bronxdoc.org.

Location: Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

What to Bring: All students will need to bring a digital camera and should know how to operate it. If you do not have access to a camera but would still like to register for the workshop, please contact us at info@bronxdoc.org and we can work something out.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds if canceling within 7 days of the workshop. Cancellations before the 7 day period will receive a refund of the registration price not including Brown Paper Ticket’s additional service fee.

Email info@bronxdoc.org if you have any questions!


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CAROLYN COLE has had many exhibits showcasing her work, which is defined by her role as a photojournalist for The Los Angeles Times. Most recently, she has been invited to be a part of an exhibit organized by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, titled “War/Photography: I35dbf53mages of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath,” at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. In her work for The Los Angeles Times, Carolyn Cole has covered conflicts in Kosovo; Iraq; Haiti; Afghanistan; and Liberia, where she shot photos of the siege of Monrovia that earned her a Pulitzer Prize. She has also won several World Press Photo Awards and was named the 2007 Photojournalist of the Year in the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism competition. Cole has had her work exhibited in other war-themed shows, including one titled “Witness: Casualties of War” at the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles in 2008. Also in 2008, her work appeared in exhibits titled “Into the Light” and “In the Moment” in New York City and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as well as in the Pulitzer exhibit at the Newseum and in an exhibit on Sudan’s Ancient Nubia, both in Washington, D.C. Cole’s work has also been seen abroad in shows in France and China.

TODD HEISLER is an American photojournalist. As a photographer, Heisler finds access to places – both physically and emotionally – where few people are allowed. While chronicling the lives of families of Marines killed in Iraq, he slept in mortuaries and stood on airport tarmacs as bodies returned home. He spent time in barracks and backyards, in cemeteries and bedrooms. The images earned him the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photographtodd heislery at the Rocky Mountain News. Heisler joined The New York Times as a staff photographer in 2006, and for one of his first projects, he chronicled the faces, lives and cultures that span the globe. He found them where he has for most of his career – down the street – as he explored the stops along the 7 train in New York City, which has perhaps the most ethnically diverse subway ridership in the nation. In addition to his 2006 Pulitzer prize for work with the Rocky Mountain News, Heisler also won a Pulitzer prize in 2003 as a member of the Rocky Mountain News team’s coverage of wildfires in Colorado. His photos have also received top honors from the 2006 World Press Photo Contest, Pictures of the Year International, NPPA’s best of Photojournalism, The American Society of New Editors and at Visa Pour l’image. In September 2010, he won an Emmy as a member of the New York Times ‘One in 8 Million’ team. A Chicago native, Mr. Heisler spent the early part of his career working for small newpapers in the Chicago suburbs. He is a graduate of the College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Kelly.
Biography from PhotoStories.