The BDC offers several professional development workshops for documentary photographers and filmmakers each year.  


With a widespread network representing internationally-renowned photographers and filmmakers, the BDC utilizes its resources and connections in order to offer expert guidance and unique perspectives to nurture new talent within the field.

The BDC’s annual portfolio review provides photographers and Bronx Photo League members an opportunity to present and receive feedback from a remarkable range of the top photo editors from The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Magnum Foundation, Open Society Foundations, The Wall Street Journal, Getty Images, Sports Illustrated, and other publications. Many participants have received assignments as a result of the review; some say it has jumpstarted their careers.

“Without a doubt, the portfolio review was the best thing I've ever done for my career. It really blew up after I came to the BDC's review. I have gotten more than 50 assignments from the NY Times, Newsday, and The Washington Post. The connections I made took my career to a place I was hoping for, but thought not possible for many years.” Participant, 2015 Portfolio Review


The BDC’s annual five-day Photobook Masterclass workshop is led by Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen of the Heijdens Karwei design studio (Netherlands) and photographer Ying Ang (Australia). The Masterclass covers all aspects of how to turn a body of work into a book, from the editing and compiling process to concept development, taking into consideration design issues like choice of size, paper, grid, and typography, while providing guidance on the printing process. This workshop is designed for established photographers who are interested in working on a concept, and editing and sequencing a book. All photographers are expected to collaboratively problem solve and explore the shift from singular images to a full-length photobook in a critical and rigorous environment of photographic analysis. The number of participants is limited to 12 to ensure sufficient time for participants to thoroughly edit their work and walk away with a photobook mock-up.

The BDC has offered the following workshops:

Women's Filmmaking Workshop | Kirsten Johnson
Getting Access | Carolyn Cole and Todd Heisler
The Business of Film and Video | Nick Quested
Investigative Journalism and Non-Fiction Writing | Peter Maass
Intensive Class in Documentary Filmmaking | Jeremiah Zagar
Photo Workshop | Stephanie Sinclair
Film Workshop | Ross Kaufman
One-Day Course in Narrative Non-Fiction | Sebastian Junger
Beginner Analog Photography | Brian Young
Photobook Workshop | Bonnie Briant + Bobbie Richardson
B&W Film Workshop | Michael Kamber
Taller de Fotografía en Español | Michael Kamber + Maria Galindo + Belinda Gallegos
Empowered Storytelling | Idil Ibrahim
B&W Print in Silver Gelatin | Brian Young
Introduction to Lighting | Andrew French
Successfully Processing B&W Film | Brian Young