Donald Weber Photographer Workshops

LEARN HOW TO OBTAIN THE FUNDING YOU NEED AND COMPLETE THE PROJECTS THE WAY YOU WANT.

Photography projects require money. Many photographers produce work at their own financial cost. There are, however, plenty of funding sources available from different organizations. These organizations are ready to support image makers providing funding for research, creation, production, travel and living expenses. What’s the catch? Mostly very little to none.

There is a definitive technique to grant writing, learn this and strengthen your chances of reaching the top of the pile.

Donald Weber, an award winning photographer and a member of the VII Photo Agency, will show you how. He has been a successful recipient of many grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Lange-Taylor Prize, The Duke & Duchess of York Prize, the Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund Grant and multiple Canada Council for the Arts grants in the last few years. He’s used the funding to create multiple award-winning projects, on his own terms and own time.

Workshop is two days; Canadian Residents use 'CAD' (tax will be charged) American Residents use USD

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Rob Hornstra speaks with students during our joint workshop, ‘Do-It-Yourself Storytelling’ in Toronto. It was incredibly successful and we will be bringing the seminar to Europe sometime soon. Stay tuned here for further info!

Rob Hornstra speaks with students during our joint workshop, ‘Do-It-Yourself Storytelling’ in Toronto. It was incredibly successful and we will be bringing the seminar to Europe sometime soon. Stay tuned here for further info!

Rob Hornstra (The Sochi Project) and Donald Weber (VII Photo) have decided to combine their highly popular workshops together this August in Toronto.

Rob Hornstra (The Sochi Project) and Donald Weber (VII Photo) have decided to combine their highly popular workshops together this August in Toronto.

Satisfaction, guaranteed! With one of my students, Robert Fuorvia in New York.

Satisfaction, guaranteed! With one of my students, Robert Fuorvia in New York.

A synopsis from a workshop I taught in New York this summer. 

Rob Hornstra and Donald Weber Workshop in Toronto, August 11 & 12

For the first time, Rob Hornstra and Donald Weber will be combining their highly popular workshops for a joint two-day session in Toronto this August 11 & 12.

This workshop is about what we all desire as storytellers and photographers: Freedom. Freedom creates opportunity. Opportunity makes your future.

As photographers, Rob Hornstra and Donald Weber have each found their own vision of freedom, creating significant bodies of work in their own way. Learn from both Rob and Don over a two-day workshop how to understand the current media market (magazines, books, exhibitions, grants, etc.) and bypass it altogether, allowing you to create the stories you want in your own voice.

Learn to see opportunities and make your future.

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I think it is one of the most honest and sincere workshops I have been. The things I learnt today with you, I didn’t learn the whole year during my masters. That counts a little isn’t it?

As you said, and this was my epiphany moment, most barriers are creative, not physical.

I was in particular inspired by the conversational tone in your proposals and by how emotional your statements are. Both these points will make grant writing not just an exercise but a necessary and integral part of a story.

London Workshop participants Maria Pappa, Amanda Rivkin and Claudia Leisinger.
London Workshop Successfully Wrapped

Grant Writing at the Frontline Club in London has wrapped successfully. Stay tuned here for suture dates, with USA being next on the list.

Miranda Gavin of Hotshoe Magazine has an interesting article about funding, featuring interviews with photographers including David Chancellor, Jo Metson Scott, Toby Smith and myself. Also some good links to various grant sources.

€10,000 Won by Madrid Workshop Student

More students have received grants since taking one of my workshops. Juan Valbuena has won the €10,000 Caixa Press grant, with Edu Bayer and Eloia d’Orsi as finalists. All were participants in my workshop in Madrid. Congratulations to all.

Short article in Photo RAW magazine about my theory and philosophy of grant writing. IF you want to learn more, sign-up for the upcoming workshop in London at the Frontline Club,

Short article in Photo RAW magazine about my theory and philosophy of grant writing. IF you want to learn more, sign-up for the upcoming workshop in London at the Frontline Club,

Synopsis, Grant Writing Workshop

1) The Proposal. We will examine some award winning proposals, including my Guggenheim Fellowship, Lange-Taylor and two Canada Council grants. We will also look at other award-winning proposals, including Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and contemporary artists. We will look at why I wrote what I did, why it was successful, etc. We will talk about the overall structure of writing a proposal, breaking it down into simple steps.

2) The Portfolio. After the proposal, an integral part of a successful grant is the portfolio and the editing of the photographs you choose. We examine what to look for and how to make the portfolio support your proposal.

3) The CV. Many people underestimate the power of a strong CV and its impact on a successful grant. We will discuss what makes a strong CV and how to turn your ordinary CV into extraordinary.

4) The Grants. I’ll show various websites and calendars that list grants and their deadlines. We will also look at websites that help you in the preparation and finding of all grants that apply to what you want to do.

An interview with some of my thoughts about what makes a successful grant in Professional Photographer Magazine.

An interview with some of my thoughts about what makes a successful grant in Professional Photographer Magazine.

“Thanks for being willing to share all that knowledge with us. It’s certainly something
that not everyone is inclined to do!”
Benjamin Roy, from Chicago and a participant in the Los Angeles workshop
THREE FORMER STUDENTS ALL PLACE AS FINALISTS OF PHOTOCRATI FUND

Congratulations to Peter DiCampo on winning the Photocrati Fund this year for his Life Without Lights project. Laura el-Tantawy and Anna Boyiazis (Who has also received a Puffin Foundation grant and a Creative Capacity Fund grant) were also finalists. So, three of the top four spots belonged to former students of the Grant Writing Workshop! Stay tuned to this website for upcoming workshops.

Jared Soares Receives Two Grants Since Participating in Workshop

Pleased to say former workshop student (Washington, DC, 2011) Jared Soares has received a Puffin Foundation grant to create a body of work about the influence of Eastern European culture on disappearing coal mining towns in Western Pennsylvania. Congrats, Jared. He has also recently won his second grant since taking the workshop. Says Jared: “As a recipient of the NPPA Short Grant, I can happily share that attending Donald Weber’s workshop gave me with the tools to put together a successful proposal.”

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