Intermediate Photojournalism: Mike Kamber & Victor J. Blue

Intermediate Photojournalism: Mike Kamber & Victor J. Blue


Oct 19, 2023 | 6:30pm


Please note PRIOR to registering applicants must send a short statement (100-200 words) explaining why they are pursuing photojournalism (This statement should highlight your passion for the field and what you hope to achieve through this class) and a link to your online portfolio OR samples from a project you have started (10 to 20 photos, jpegs or PDF's) to Mike Kamber at

7 Classes: 10/19, 10/26, 11/16, 12/14, 12/21, 1/11/2024, 1/18/2024
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 PM
Price: $500

What makes a journalistic photograph vs. any other kind of photograph? How do we make powerful images that not only grab viewers attention, but impart real information to them about their neighbors, their communities, and the world they live in? In this class we will investigate this process, with weekly assignments and critique sessions that help students refine their visions and prepare them to make strong pictures that tell important non-fiction stories. 

The instructors will share presentations that illuminate different approaches and strategies and classes will also include discussions of classic and more recent photojournalism. Students will learn to refine their technical and creative skills, master editing platforms, and use different visual elements to improve the impact and power of their pictures. Participants are expected to come to the course with a solid foundation in photography and a good working knowledge of their cameras.

Victor and Mike will be at most of the classes together. Both are working photographers and one or the other may miss a class or two due to assignments.






Mike Kamber has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. Between 2002 and 2012, he worked for The New York Times, covering conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, the Sudan, Somalia, the Congo, and other countries. He was the first person in the history of The New York Times to routinely file photos, videos and written articles to the paper. His photographs have also been published in nearly every major news magazine in the United States and Europe, as well as in many newspapers. Kamber is a former adjunct professor at Columbia University. He is the winner of a World Press Photo award, the Mike Berger Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club Award, American Photo Images of the Year, and was a member of The New York Times team that won a 2003 Overseas Press Club award. The New York Times twice nominated Kamber’s work for the Pulitzer Prize. Kamber founded the Bronx Documentary Center in 2011.

Victor J. Blue (@victorblue) is a New York-based photojournalist whose work focuses on the legacy of armed conflict; human rights and the protection of civilian populations; and unequal outcomes resulting from policy and politics. He has worked in Central America since 2002, concentrating on social conflict in Guatemala, and since 2009 has photographed the counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan. He has completed assignments in Syria, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Iraq, and India, and has documented news stories and social issues across the United States. He worked as a staff photographer at The Record in Stockton CA, and holds a Masters Degree in Visual Communication from Ohio University. His photographs have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harpers Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He has shown photographs in exhibitions at the Powerhouse Gallery in New York City, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and at 111 Minna Gallery and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. In 2010, 2011, and 2015 his work in Afghanistan was honored in Pictures of the Year International and in 2017 he won three awards in the Pictures of the Year International. 

Discounts: Bronx Residents & currently enrolled students are entitled to a 25% discount

Header Image: © Mike Kamber
Interior Images: © Victor J. Blue