Ed Kashi Near and Far

You don’t have to travel abroad to make great pictures. Explore photojournalistic story telling in your own life.
Upcoming Workshops

Returning February 2017

Photographer Ed Kashi is a member of the highly respected VII Photo Agency and is known for his penetrating and insightful photography on social and political issues both domestic and international. He is equally renowned for his workshops, which challenge photographers at all skill levels to devote their time and talents to create compelling stories through pictures. As he has told previous workshop attendees “We’re all here because we love photography but for each of us it means something different.”


Ed has done 17 features for National Geographic since 1991 including landing 4 covers of the domestic edition and numerous covers of the foreign language editions. Some of the titles include “The Struggle of the Kurds”, “The War for Nigeria”, “Marseille’s Melting Pot” and “The Danube: Europe’s River of Harmony and Discord”. He also teaches workshops around the world for the magazine.


DCP is happy to bring Ed back to Dallas to lead a workshop on the concept of Working Near and Far. Over four and a half days you’ll meet at the studio and go out in the field to discover what photography means to you in the context of visual story telling. Some of the ideas and topics that Ed will explore with you:

  • Near: Photographing a detail in your home that tells where you live and what you do to.
  • Personal history: Telling a story in pictures of your own life.
  • Keeping in close: How to approach and photograph someone you have access to.
  • Finding the exotic in your own back yard: “You don’t have to go to Afghanistan to make great pictures.”
  • Far: discussing how photography can report and affect geopolitical issues.
  • How social media and image sharing platforms like Instagram can be used to curate and publish visual stories.


Any photographer who wants to hone their visual storytelling skills. The four and a half day workshop format offers the chance to work at an intensity and depth that are often hard to manage with the distractions of daily life and work.

An opportunity to work with a renowned teacher and photographer. A chance to dig into your own life and surroundings and report back on it in a way that will visually engage others. Through field shooting, edit sessions and individual critiques you’ll come away with a wealth of new ideas and a deeper insight into your own photography and your own world.

A technical, lighting or studio workshop. The emphasis will be on non-commercial location photography in the editorial, documentary style. There will be no instruction on the use of your camera or its features or in the basic use of your chosen editing program. You should be comfortable with your camera’s operation and familiar enough with your editing software to allow import, selection and export of your images. If you need some technical preparation or a refresher then please take the DCP DSLR Evening Classes, Beginner Full Day Workshop, Lightroom classes or equivalent training.

Energy, curiosity and a willingness to openly share your creativity and images with the others in the group. Gear-wise you’ll need your camera equipment, laptop and editing software. There are no minimum requirements for camera style or model.

Before the workshop begins you’ll receive additional information to help prepare story ideas for you to photograph during our time together.

A portfolio review is required before registration is complete. Details are in the Requirements tab.



  • This 4.5-day workshop is held at Dallas Center for Photography from Wednesday, February 1 to Sunday, February 5.
  • Early registration (ends January 12 at 11:59pm) is $975. Late registration is $1125.
  • The first day will start at 6:30p for a meet and greet and portfolio review.
  • Each day after starts at 9am with classroom presentations and image reviews followed by assignments and shooting in the field.
  • Ed will be delivering a talk on Saturday, February 4 from 2-4pm. Entry is included in workshop price.
  • For special requirements please click the Requirement tab.
  • Minimum number required for workshop to make is 10. Maximum size is 15.


The first 3 TPS members to register get a $75 discount to this workshop. Contact TPS Executive Director Amy Holmes George for your coupon code.


This workshop is for advanced amateurs and professionals who are serious and passionate about their photography. In order to maintain a minimum level of aesthetic and technical proficiency in the group, each applicant is required to submit a portfolio for review. This is not a commercial portfolio review and you by no means need to be a professional to apply. We are interested in your personal, creative work. The photos can be taken with any type of camera. If you have any questions please contact us.

Either before or after registering for the workshop, submit 10 images according to these guidelines:
• Images must be JPEG, maximum 1200 pixels on the long side
• Filenames must contain your first and last name
• Submit via email or Dropbox, Google Drive or a similar file sharing service

Portfolios are due within 14 days of the date you registered or 30 days before the workshop beginning date – whichever comes first. If you register within 30 days we will need your portfolio within one day of your registration.

Your space in the workshop is not guaranteed until you are registered and the DCP staff has reviewed your portfolio. If we feel that this workshop is not a good fit, we will provide a full refund of all payments received to date.

There are no specific camera requirement for this workshop. You can work with anything from a DSLR system to an iPhone or pocket camera. Film would be acceptable only if you have a way to process and scan each day’s photos and bring them in to be viewed electronically.

A laptop is required for importing, selecting, editing and exporting files each day. You can use any software including Lightroom, iPhoto, Picassa or others as long as you know your way around the software.

This workshop has special terms and conditions that supplement and/or replace the general terms found elsewhere on the DCP website.

The discounted early registration price is good until 28 days before the workshop begins. We must have a minimum of 10 participants by the early registration deadline for the workshop to make.

A $300 deposit is required to hold your seat. You’ll receive an email with a direct link to the payment page for the balance of $675 which must be received no later than 28 days before the workshop. Balance payments after that date will be based on the late registration fee. Please also see portfolio review details below.

If you cancel more than 45 days before the workshop begins then we’ll refund any payments made less a $150 processing fee. If you cancel from 31 to 45 days before the start date of the workshop we will refund all money received to date minus a $300 cancellation penalty. If you cancel less than 30 days before the start date of the workshop you will forfeit 100% of the total workshop fee. If you can’t attend you are welcome to send someone in your place. In some cases we may be able to find a replacement for your empty seat if the workshop is already sold out in which case you will receive a partial refund minus the $300 cancellation fee.

Dallas Center for Photography reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time for low enrollment or for other reasons and will promptly refund all payments made to date. In the event of a workshop cancellation, DCP and Spot Studio, Inc. are not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets, hotel reservations and other travel arrangements. If you’re coming from out of town we recommend that you purchase travel insurance.

Your space in the workshop is not guaranteed until you are registered and the DCP staff has reviewed your portfolio. If we feel that this workshop is not a good fit, we will provide a full refund of all payments received to date. See Requirements tab for submission details. The cancellation policy still applies even if you are not yet approved for the workshop.

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.

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