Apply for the Eddie Adams Workshop

Each fall, one hundred promising young photographers from around the world are invited to come to a farm in upstate New York, where they are treated to four days of intense training and shooting. The teachers and staff are some of the best photographers and picture editors in the world.

Throughout the four days, the attendees will get almost zero sleep. There's just too much you'd rather be doing. It's awesome.

It's called, "Barnstorm," and this year will be Barnstorm XX, which is the 20th edition.

I was a student at the second Barnstorm, back in 1989. I can honestly say that, photographically speaking, it was far and away the best week of my life. Ask anyone else who has been lucky enough to attend, and they'll likely tell you the same thing.

Oh, and the workshop is free.

The only catch is that you have to be chosen - by portfolio, application and recommendation - to attend. You must be a college student, military photographer or a pro with three years (or less) experience.

The deadline to apply is May 14th. To anyone who is eligible, I would strongly recommend applying. If you are a Barnstorm alum, please leave a comment, along with your year and and what you thought of the experience.

(Photo by EAW Alum and fellow Baltimore shooter Matt Roth. Click the photo for more of Matt's EAW pix.)


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Anonymous Josh Gerritsen said...

Hey Dave-

Do you know if the recommending person has to be a professor? I have professional photographers that I would rather use for a recommendation. Thanks.

March 18, 2007 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Free... except for the $25 registration fee?

March 19, 2007 2:06 AM  
Blogger David said...


Dunno. You'd have to email them.


March 19, 2007 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


25 bones is a steal for a 4 day workshop!!

March 19, 2007 10:56 AM  
Blogger said...

Sounds like something I'd LOVE to do myself. Except that I:
a) am not in college
b) don't want to be a pro
c) don't really have a portfolio

And I'd pay $500 to do it. I'm in Erie, PA and there aren't many workshops around here, and those that are nearby don't seem to be very appealing.

Is there a "paid" version of Barnstorm?

March 19, 2007 11:06 AM  
Blogger David said...


Nope. Unfortunately, you are not who they are after.

They are trying to identify people who have promise while they are still young, and expose them to a mind-blowing four days that will (hopefully) help them to skip about 10 years of early-career mistakes.

This is not a commercial venture. It is the photojournalism community's idea of giving back.

And $500 would not begin to cover the value of the experience.


March 19, 2007 12:41 PM  
Blogger said...

David, you're missing my point. I understand what the goal is, and it's admirable. But for $500, or $2000 (or whatever price they might set), a second session with people who wanted to pay to attend could help further the "giving back" they provide to the students.

March 19, 2007 1:09 PM  
Blogger David said...

Actually, I do understand what you are saying.

What you are suggesting is not their mission. There are many, many commercial workshops out there, but this one is done solely from an idealistic viewpoint.

It is an amzing thing, and all the more so because you cannot buy your way into it for any price.

March 19, 2007 1:20 PM  
Blogger Alex Rodriguez said...

For the recommendation what is the profile? Do you need to be recommended by another pro that has attended the workshop or is it a personal recommendation from a business associate etc?

March 19, 2007 2:51 PM  
Blogger David said...


I am not sure. I would ask that any procedural questions be directed to the staff at the workshop via the website.

March 19, 2007 3:04 PM  
Blogger Francis Specker said...

I took the workshop back in 1993 (IV). This workshop is for hardcore photojournalists who are committed to work in the field. You cannot put a monetary value on the workshop. Its more valuable than four years at any university. You get to meet and talk at length with photographers and editors that are legends. Photographers who have taken the workshop have gone onto incredible careers. Getting accepted is like winning the lottery. But be prepared to experience a very intense four days without sleep. I have seen unknown photographers have their career launched in those four short days.

March 19, 2007 5:35 PM  
Blogger Senor Enrique said...

This is by far one of the very best blogsites on photography I have ever come across. Will be visiting regularly from now on.

How I wish I can attend this workshop!


a former New Yorker now blogging from Manila, Philippines

March 19, 2007 5:44 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

I would absolutely love to do this, unfortunately I am not a pro nor a college student. I like to think that I am still young–31–and that as a photographer my work shows promise.

It seems that there are fewer options for people such as myself who are a little late to the game so to speak. I find it extremely discouraging at times.

Does anyone know of any similar opportunities that are available to those of us who discovered our passion for photography a little late?

March 19, 2007 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

Brian - Get yourself on a college course. Even if you are technically accomplished, it will challenge you and your perceptions of photography. I did that and it has changed how I see the subject and proffesion.

March 20, 2007 7:20 AM  
Anonymous carpeicthus said...

God, that would be fantastic. Is there a particular sort of recommendation that would be more valuable?

March 22, 2007 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to note - the workshop is free except for room and board, which runs about $300.

It is life-changing.

-Barnstorm XVI

March 27, 2007 1:00 AM  

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