23.11 - 24.11.2019


Rob Hornstra. "Do It Yourself Storytelling" Workshop


Date: 23-24.11.2019 (Saturday, Sunday)

Place: Instytut Fotografii Fort (The Fort Institute of Photography, Fort Mokotów, 99 Racławicka st., Warsaw)

Price: 1490 PLN

Group size: 14

Application deadline: 3.11.2019

Announcement of results: 4.11.2019

Payment deadline: 6.11.2019

We are thrilled to invite you for a two-day workshop with Rob Hornstra, scheduled for 23-24.11.2019.


Join Rob Hornstra for an intensive workshop for photographers, designers and storytellers who wish to learn how to finance and present long-term photography projects. In this workshop, Hornstra will share his insight into the funding and marketing by using The Sochi Project as an example of a self-published photo project. This workshop is about what we all desire as storytellers and photographers: Freedom. Freedom creates opportunity. Opportunity makes your future.

Over the course of two days, he will outline how the Internet and digital printing techniques have opened up endless possibilities for self-published work. The curriculum will also address how to attract an audience to your project, collaboration between photographers and writers, crowdfunding and the process of slow journalism. This workshop’s main objective is to help students in creating more independence and become liberated photographers and publishers, ready to begin sharing their stories with the world.


Day 1 (Saturday)

10:15 Start 

11:00 Crash course grant writing

13.00 Lunch 

13:45 Foundation for successful storytelling

15:15 Coffee break

15:30 From concept to project

17:00 End official part

17:30 Drinks in a local pub. 

Day 2 (Sunday)

10:15 Start 

11:00 Financing of projects / presentations

13.00 Lunch 

13:45 Publishing / exhibiting

15:15 Coffee break

15:30 Crash course online publishing

17:00 End official part

17:30 Drinks in a local pub.


  • the optimum size of the group (limited to 14)
  • the certificate of completion of the workshop.


  • be able to put a preliminary concept in the frame of a specific project, choosing your methodology and scheduling consecutive stages
  • know rules of good storytelling
  • know where and how to search for sources of financing of your projects as well as how to attract audience
  • be familiar with writing grants
  • be familiar with self-publishing strategies – both online and in print, in co-operation with photographers / writers / publishers
  • know how to lead a long-term project towards its final stage, when the material is ready to be published independently and presented to a broad public.


I learned more than I expected. Most valuable were the practical and hands on tips on how to make and publish a big project.– New York, 2014

Thanks a lot for the very insightful last two days! They gave a lot of new ideas and input…new ways to approach things! So much to do! – Vienna, 2015

Thank you for this workshop, by way of feedback it was very useful, particularly welcome was your frankness about the difficulties, contradictions, and rewards of working in this field. – Bristol, 2017


If you are interested in taking part in this workshop, please fill in and send us the application form.

Candidates chosen for the participation will be informed via e-mail with payment details.


Rob Hornstra, born in 1975 in the Netherlands, is a Dutch photographer of predominantly long-term documentary projects, both at home and around the world. He has published several books of solo work, produced documentary series for a variety of international magazines, and taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2009, Hornstra and writer/filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen started The Sochi Project, culminating in the retrospective book An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus and an exhibition that toured Europe, America, India and Canada. He is the founder and former artistic director of FOTODOK – Space for Documentary Photography. Four times per year he runs a popular live talk show about photo books in his hometown Utrecht. He is head of the photography department at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.


2014 / Dutch Doc Award Canon Prize for innovative photojournalism

2012 / Sony World Photography Award

2012 / World Press Photo Award

2011 / Magnum Expression Award

2011 / Canon Prize for innovative photojournalism

2010 / New York Photo Book Award

2007 / GD4ART International Competition

2004 / Dutch Photo Academy Award

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