Photojournalism Lab: The Ties that Bind

Summer Intensive: May 21 - June 1, 2018

COURSE DETAILS: PRACT-UG 1001, Pass/Fail Only, 0-unit, hours to be arranged (Please note: Students receive a special certificate upon completion of the lab)

This lab will appear on students’ transcripts and participants will receive a Certificate of Successful Completion, which will indicate that they have received training from world-renowned photographer Ron Haviv. This certificate may be noted on one’s resume. ​

INSTRUCTORS: Lauren Walsh (NYU Gallatin) and Ron Haviv (Emmy-nominated, award-winning photojournalist and cofounder of VII Photo Agency)

COURSE FEE: $850 (all inclusive)

REGISTRATION: Permission required. Your submitted application (along with personal statement and resume) will be sent to Prof. Lauren Walsh at If you have any questions, you can email Prof. Walsh. You must submit your application below and if accepted, you will receive a registration permission code from Prof. Walsh. Please note: this lab caps at 18 and students are admitted on a rolling basis. 




Open to NYU students and recent Gallatin alumni (who will need to complete an additional short application). Open to students outside of NYU who enroll as a summer student. Training/background in photography is NOT required for this lab though those who have experience with photography may be given admissions preference.

Meeting Hours

Activities will occur between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM, depending on participants' schedules. Some of this time will comprise in-class lectures and critiques. Time will also be spent out of the classroom for independently shooting photo stories. In-class and out-of-class time will vary day to day. Participants should be as flexible as possible with their time during the program dates in order to get the most out of this unique opportunity.

Required Equipment

  • Laptop with photo editing software installed (e.g., Adobe Lightroom or PhotoMechanics)
  • Digital camera (with all necessary cords and sufficient battery supply)
  • Camera lenses (bring whatever you have; a 24-70mm lens works well)
  • Memory card and card reader (Firewire, Thunderbolt, USB2, or USB3)

Note: A quality cell phone camera may be used but this may be limiting; a standard digital camera is preferred. Those who wish to use a manual camera (35mm film-based) should note that darkroom access is not provided. Participants should be adept at using whichever camera they bring. Both the suggested photo editing programs offer free trials, available online. Those unfamiliar with this software should take a free online tutorial. There will also be an assistant in class, who is expert in these software programs. Students can work with the assistant one-on-one.

Application Requirements

  • Application
  • Personal statement (see below for more details)
  • Resume

Course Description

In Summer 2018, Gallatin is offering the Photojournalism Lab, an intensive photojournalism and documentary photography workshop in which up to eighteen NYU students, recent Gallatin alumni, and non-NYU students who have enrolled in the NYU summer program will be trained as visual documentarians. See here for Summer 2017 students' final projects.

Participants will examine and put into practice the process of creating visual journalism from start to finish. Along the way, participants will learn the integral components of a successful photo essay and how to research their projects in order to effectively tell and show a story, in addition to the broader study of industry practices.

Professor Walsh and renowned photojournalist Ron Haviv will guide participants throughout, leading group and one-on-one critiques of the photo work and teaching essential techniques for editing one’s visual journalism. Skills taught include how to write and promote a project proposal for professional publication; developing a better eye (and better camera skills) for taking stronger pictures; how to think like an editor and edit down to the essential photos; and developing a personal project that has resonance with larger social matters. The course also includes lessons from an expert on editing softwares, and students wanting individualized input can work one-on-one with this expert.

The thematic focus of the workshop is “The Ties That Bind.” This can be interpreted broadly: In the midst of an enormous city, what connects people? Some connections are forced; others are natural. Are there divisions event amidst connection? What does connection entail? When does division outweigh? Who are the people, organizations or environments affected by these questions? And importantly, how can these stories be told in pictures? The culminating photo projects might focus on topics such as family, immigrant communities, marginalized groups, humanitarian organizations, religion, and gender (in)equality, among others. Ultimately, each student produces a powerful photo essay on a meaningful topic. This course will appeal to students interested in photojournalism, journalism, documentary photography, social justice, sociology, and urban studies.

This lab will appear on students’ transcripts. In addition, participants who successfully complete the program get even more: students will receive a Certificate of Successful Completion, which will indicate that they have received training under Ron Haviv. This certificate may be noted on one’s resume.


On a separate sheet (typed and double-spaced), please attach a one-page statement explaining why you are interested in this lab. Please indicate relevant prior coursework and other experiences, such as internships and work experience, as well as what background you may have in photography—how long you have been studying/practicing photography, your goals with your photography. If you have a website that showcases work, please alert us to that (.doc, .docx, and .pdf formats accepted; maximum size 2MB).
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