Focus on the Story 2019

Talks • Workshops • Portfolio Reviews • Exhibits • Contests • Photo Walks

Join us May 29 – June 2 in the nation’s capital as we celebrate the art of photography and the stories behind the images.

Portfolio Reviews

Workshops & Photo Walks

Speakers & Panels

Our Keynote Speakers Will Inspire You

Andrea Bruce on assignment in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.

Photo by Jonathan Levinson

Andrea Bruce

Andrea is a renowned conflict photographer; winner of the Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, and named four time Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association.

Lucian Perkins

Lucian Perkins

Lucian, a documentary photographer and filmmaker, has won honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes, for everything from covering wars abroad to documenting the effects of poverty in the District.

Ruddy Roye

Ruddy’s photojournalism appears in many major publications but he might be best known for the work he shares on Instagram, which is aimed at starting conversations on race and inequality.

Sharon Farmer

Sharon Farmer

Sharon was the first African-American woman to be hired as an official White House photographer, as well as the first African American and first woman to serve as Chief White House Photographer.

Kathy Vargas

Kathy Vargas is an internationally celebrated Chicana photographer and artist known for her composite hand-colored photographs that abstract loss and hope, life and death, and social justice.

Featured Speakers

Stretch your horizons. Learn something. Spark your creativity. Get inspired.

Workshops and Photowalks

Build your skills.  Hone your craft. Get hands-on attention in small group settings.

From Taking Pictures to Making Photographs

A 2-day workshop with Ibarionex Perello

May 29 – May 30

Building Your Street Photography Skills

A 2 1/2-day workshop with Chris Suspect

May 29 – May 31


A 1-day workshop with Jamie Rose

May 29

Exploring Street and Documentary Photography

A 1-day workshop with Xyza Cruz Bacani

May 30

Financing Personal Projects

A 1-day workshop with Jamie Rose

May 30

The Beauty in Brutalism

A photowalk with Mark Alan Andre

June 1

You're Going to Need Extra Memory Cards


Interested in sponsoring this year’s festival or partnering with us? Contact Joe Newman at joe@focusonthestory.org