A photojournalism workshop on Maine's coast.

 

Join some of the nation's most highly-regarded photographers and photo editors for a unique experience in learning the art of personal projects.

Passionate, creative, intimate.

Founded in 2008, Roots Workshop is a safe space for wedding and portrait photographers interested in pushing themselves and learning the fundamentals of photojournalism.

Ten photographers. Four mentors. Living under the same roof at the luxurious Beach Rose Farm in Stockton Springs, Maine, students and staff learn and grow together.

Find your inner storyteller.

Come with an open mind. Engage in the experience to the fullest. Work hard. Play hard. Build a solid storytelling foundation.

May 1 – 6, 2016

 

Your journey begins here.

 

Rest up. Intensive learning and massive fun lie ahead.

 
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Sunday

arrival & welcome bbq

Your journey to French's Point may not be a short one. That's okay. There's a cold drink and a yummy bbq awaiting you on the other side. We'll break the ice with round-table dinner conversation and our keynote speaker Ed Kashi will share his experience about the importance of personal projects. 

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Monday

finding your project

Hope you slept well! We'll be up and at 'em with a group breakfast and then head to nearby Belfast where we'll immerse ourselves in documenting the people and places of small town life. Ed Kashi and our mentors will be on hand to help you identify a personal project to pursue for the duration of the workshop.

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Tuesday & Wednesday

INDIVIDUAL SHOOTING & EVALUATION

You. Alone. With your camera. You may find yourself photographing in a house, at a school, on a boat. These days will start early and go late.

OK, so we won't totally abandon you. And we'll check in during the day to provide some one-on-one attention. At night you'll review your work in a formal critique session. We'll keep the coffee pot on.

Thursday & Friday

final ediT & LObster bake

Your mentors will curate a selection of your images to be color-corrected and assembled into a slideshow. That evening, after a classic New England lobster bake, you'll share your work under the stars. 

We'll party. We'll hug. And we'll say our farewells on Friday morning.  

They'll kick your butt.

 

Pulitzer Prize winners. Newspaper editors. University professors. Globally-ranked wedding photographers. Roots has attracted them all over the years.

Joining us in 2016 are some of our best:

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

ED KASHI

  Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. Through his photography and filmmaking, along with his work as a mentor, teacher and lecturer, Kashi is a leading voice in the photojournalism and visual storytelling community. Kashi’s innovative approach to photography and filmmaking produced the Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook with MediaStorm in 2006, which has been shown in film festivals and museums around the world.  An eight-year project completed in 2003, Aging in America: The Years Ahead, has created one of the most extensive visual archives on aging in the United States. As a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine, he has produced 17 features since 1991. Along with numerous awards from World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet 2010 Commission and honors from Communication Arts and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. He has seven books, including Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta and THREE. Kashi’s latest book Photojournalisms, is a compilation of journal writings to his wife, done over a nearly 20-year period, from various locations around the world. In 2015 he was named Multimedia Photographer of The Year by Pictures of the Year International.

 

Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. Through his photography and filmmaking, along with his work as a mentor, teacher and lecturer, Kashi is a leading voice in the photojournalism and visual storytelling community.

Kashi’s innovative approach to photography and filmmaking produced the Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook with MediaStorm in 2006, which has been shown in film festivals and museums around the world.  An eight-year project completed in 2003, Aging in America: The Years Ahead, has created one of the most extensive visual archives on aging in the United States. As a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine, he has produced 17 features since 1991.

Along with numerous awards from World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet 2010 Commission and honors from Communication Arts and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. He has seven books, including Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta and THREE. Kashi’s latest book Photojournalisms, is a compilation of journal writings to his wife, done over a nearly 20-year period, from various locations around the world. In 2015 he was named Multimedia Photographer of The Year by Pictures of the Year International.

 

The way life should be.

 

Two hours north of Portland you'll find the stunning French's Point estate. We'll gather to learn at the seaside retreat, while the adjacent Beach Rose Farm will house our beds.

246 Hersey Retreat Road
Stockton Springs, ME

Nearby airports

Bangor International Airport (35 minutes)
Portland International Jetport (2.5 hours)
Boston Logan International Airport (5 hours)

 

 
 

It's all there.

 

May 1 – 6, 2016

Personal instruction.

5 nights of luxury, seaside accommodations.

Home-cooked meals.

Rediscovery of your roots.

$3400