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.


Beginner Analog Photography with Brian Young
Sat, Dec 8th - Sun, Dec 9th | 10AM - 5PM
Sat, Dec 15th - Sun, Dec 16th | 10AM - 5PM
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This class will teach students how to shoot and process B&W film, make contact sheets, and then print B&W photographs of their negatives on 8x10 RC paper. The analog process is a transformative experience that helps students understand the true nature of the photographic medium, creating an essential foundation for further exploration of today’s photographic practice. Learn more here.

Photobook Workshop
Sat, Feb 23th - Sun, Feb 24th | 10AM - 5PM
Sat, March 2nd - Sun, March 3rd | 10AM - 5PM
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In this class, presentations and hands-on workshop sessions will guide students through the processes of editing for a book: sequencing, designing, typesetting, and deciding what printed form their project should take. Students will leave this class with a complete mock-up/dummy of their book.

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