Brian Finke Workshop




AUGUST 27 – OCTOBER 15, 2023

In this class, participants will focus on a commitment to developing and completing a long-term personal documentary photography storytelling project. Classes will be devoted to project reviews, critiques, and discussions about practical approaches and technical variations of the medium. It will also address magazine work for hire, book publishing, gallery representation, and how to use the work created in this class to build out a commercial career or art practice. Participants should come to class already working on a project or have project ideas in mind to discuss that they can readily photograph throughout the course.

The class will allow for the unfolding of a body of work over time. The first class will meet online to discuss projects, then for a 3-day in-person workshop on Bowen Island. Three weeks later, each participant will meet for a 30-minute one-on-one online session to discuss their work. The final class is a 4-hour online meeting where everyone presents their story and final project.

Schedule: Meets online on Sunday August 27, noon-4pm EDT New York time (group session)+ in-person on Bowen Island from Friday September 15 to Sunday September 17 + online on Saturday October 7 or Sunday October 8 (1:1 meetings) and on Sunday October 15 (final group session)

This program is limited to 12 participants.

All images © Brian Finke. From the series Bike Life.



Brian Finke’s work is a visual culture commentary with a graphic sensibility and uniquely American point of context. A stylized documentarian and trained photojournalist, Finke’s work strikes at the core of contemporary life, capturing an honest and intimate range of human behaviors while finding the humor in the everyday. Often with boundary-pushing subject matter, Finke challenges the viewer to confront what is often right in front of them with an almost surreal understanding of immediacy. From street photography to commercial portraiture to fashion editorials, his immersion in culture-at-large creates imagery deeply tied to the political and emotional undertones of the modern world.  A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Finke received a BFA in photography. He is the author of several books, and his first monograph, 2, 4, 6, 8, was named one of the best photography books by American Photo. Earlier in his career, Finke was an International Center for Photography annual Infinity Award finalist and won a prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. His work is in nine museum collections in the US and abroad, and he regularly shoots for editorial and commercial clients, including National Geographic, The New Yorker, New York Times, Delta, Uber, and Budweiser. His belief in arts education and pursuit of a photographic community has led Finke to teaching photography at Parsons in Manhattan and Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn, as well as giving lectures countrywide.



Nestled in spectacular Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord surrounded by towering peaks that rise straight out of the sea, Bowen Island (Nexwlélexwm is its native Squamish name) has been Vancouver’s paradisiac getaway since the 1900s. This enchanted island is known for its exceptional serenity, centennial parks, artistic culture, and laid-back country living a short 20-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver.

FotoFilmic has called Bowen Island home since 2015, and currently hosts all its in-person mentoring programs there at the FotoFilmic space conveniently located in Artisan Square. The large 1600+ sq ft venue is set up to accommodate a wide range of hands-on artistic activities and lab type experimentations, while also acting as a photography gallery. The island’s lush natural settings yearlong, its small and relaxed coastal town feel and few amenities all combine to offer an immersive, inspiring and nurturing retreat experience unlike any other.

FotoFilmic acknowledges, with gratitude, that the land on which it operates is the unceded and ancestral territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation.




Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Saturday, July 15, 2023

 $1495 USD
Past Attendee:
$1195 USD
$750 USD

* subject to 5% GST (Good and Services Provincial Tax)

[ Early-Bird applications are closed (Nov.21, 2022) ]


Applicants selected to register must confirm their participation by sending either a $750 USD tuition deposit, a scholarship registration payment, or a full Regular or Past Attendee tuition payment.

If choosing to send a registration deposit, the remaining tuition balance will then come due in full by Saturday, July 15, 2023.

If interested in a payment plan, requests must be made by Monday, May 15, 2023 to Bastien at Payment plans are cost free, and schedules can include 3 to 5 terms max. Please also note that all payment plan payments remain non-refundable.


Flights, local transportation, accommodations and meals are not included in the registration fees. A detailed information packet will be sent to confirmed participants to help coordinate their stay on Bowen Island, inclusive of on-island accommodations options (single or shared), local transportation directions, a list of restaurants and other amenities available, and general island life tips.

Online session #1: Sunday August 27, noon-4pm EDT New York time (Group session)
In-person Bowen Island workshop: Friday  September 15, Saturday September 16, Sunday September 17 from 9am to 5pm (hours subject to change)
Online session #2: Saturday October 7 or Sunday October 8, noon-3pm EDT New York time (One-on-one meetings, 30 minutes per participants)
Online Session #3: Sunday October 15, noon-4pm EDT New York time

FotoFilmic Space
103-555 Prometheus Pl
Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2


Applications to register are free (no fee to apply). Enrolment will be limited to just 12 participants. Photographers from all educational backgrounds and at all career stages are welcome to apply (film & digital). A portfolio of 10-20 images focused on past and/or ongoing projects must be submitted as a prerequisite for consideration (please include images from no more than 2 different series/projects).

Scholarships Note: Whenever possible partial scholarships are first made available to underprivileged and/or underrepresented applicants. Other key evaluation criteria are: 1. artistic quality of the work submitted 2. demonstrated potential for long-term impact and development in the photographic field, and 3. motivation to learn in a group setting. Scholarship applicants are also required to briefly describe how their current situation relates to these criteria in the added scholarship application form field.

Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis, with regular email communication from reception to final decision. The entire review and acceptance process usually takes 8-12 days from the day your application is received.


The deadline to withdraw your participation and request a refund is Thursday, June 15, 2023. Please note a $500 USD cancelation fee remains applicable. Cancelation and refund requests received after June 15 will not be accepted.

In the event the program was not meeting minimum enrolment, or needed to be canceled for any reason, paid tuition will be refunded in full without any cancelation fee. Please also note FotoFilmic cannot be held responsible for any traveling expense refunds if the program gets canceled: purchasing travel insurance is therefore highly recommended.


For any questions or inquiries, please contact FotoFilmic Co-Director Bastien Desfriches Doria directly at