Shooting from the Gut with Ed Kashi

Practice a different style of photography by learning to capture unstructured, abandoned moments in your life. You'll be coached on how to shoot from the gut in an instinctive way.
Upcoming Workshop

Based on renowned photographer and instructor Ed Kashi’s concept of abandoned moments, students will put this idea into practice in their daily lives or with people and places they encounter on the street. By working quickly, over an intensive four days, you’ll be encouraged and challenged to focus less on an intentional and structured style of photography and shoot from the gut. In some cases, literally, by shooting without your eye to the viewfinder, trusting that what you see can be captured in a compelling way without getting lost in technical thought and concepts. The idea is to let photos tell stories instinctively, not to create order out of chaos but rather to capture the chaos and trust your first reactions. It can be a enjoyable, looser way to shoot.

The workshop will be a mix of a deeper discussion of the origin of Ed’s work, tutorials, photographing, and reviews. All levels of photographers are welcome to join this workshop; all types of digital cameras are acceptable – from cell phones to the latest DSLR or mirrorless models.

Friday, August 5
We’ll start with a half-day orientation session. Students will introduce themselves and hear how Ed developed his “abandoned moments” mentality by viewing examples from his book and street photography work.

Saturday, August 6
Day of shooting with an image review to get feedback from Ed and your peers.

Sunday, August 7
Day of shooting with an image review to get feedback from Ed and your peers.

Monday, August 8
A day of editing and reviewing students’ work, with an emphasis on whether the photos can stand alone or should be part of a sequenced narrative.

This workshop is part of a series of events with Ed, including a lecture, book signing, and gallery exhibition. For more information visit these pages.

This exhibition is sponsored by:


  • This four-day workshop is held at DCP (4756 Algiers Street, Dallas 75207) from Friday, August 5 – Monday, August 8.
  • Cost per person is $695.
  • All DCP members receive a discount on class registration! Not a member? Join now!
  • All levels of photographers are welcome to join this workshop; all types of digital cameras are acceptable – from cell phones to the latest DSLR or mirrorless models.
  • Please note that meals are not included in the registration fee.
  • On Friday, we will do a half-day orientation from 10am-3pm. On Saturday-Monday, the workshop starts promptly at 9am and ends at 5pm.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 12; minimum number to make a class is 6.
  • Parking is available in the DCP parking lot or along Algiers Street.
  • This workshop is sponsored by Arlington Camera.

This workshop has special terms and conditions that supplement and/or replace the general terms found elsewhere on the DCP website.

We must have a minimum of 6 participants by July 22 for the workshop to make.

If you cancel more than 31 days before the workshop begins, we’ll refund any payments made less a $100 processing fee. If you cancel from 22 to 31 days before the start date of the workshop, we will refund any payments received to date minus a $200 cancellation penalty. If you cancel less than 21 days before the start date of the workshop, you will forfeit 100% of the total workshop fee. If you can’t attend, you are welcome to send someone in your place.

Dallas Center for Photography reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time for low enrollment or for other reasons and will promptly refund all payments made to date. In the event of a workshop cancellation, DCP is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets, hotel reservations and other travel arrangements. If you’re coming from out of town we recommend that you purchase travel insurance.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: If you cancel 7 days or more ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. A cancellation between 5 to 7 days ahead of scheduled date will receive 50% refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 4 days of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Q: What is DCP doing to keep instructors and students safe during COVID?
A: The health and safety of our instructors, staff, and students is DCP’s top priority. Masks are recommended but not required while at DCP. You can view our COVID policy and procedures here.

Q: Is lunch included in the workshop?
A: No, lunch is not included in your registration fee.

Q: How will I know if a workshop makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be cancelled, you will receive an email no later than the night before the scheduled class date.

Q: Where is the workshop held?
A: Dallas Center for Photography, 4756 Algiers, Dallas, 75207. For shooting, the class will meet at specified locations around DFW.

Q: What kind of camera is best for this workshop?
A: All types of digital cameras are acceptable – from cell phones to the latest DSLR or mirrorless models.

Ed Kashi

Ed Kashi is a prolific photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and geopolitical issues that define our times. He has covered topics as diverse as the impact of oil in Nigeria, the protestant community in Northern Ireland, the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, the impact of an aging society through his groundbreaking project, Aging in America, climate change, the plight of Syrian refugees, and the global epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease among agricultural workers. A sensitive eye and an intimate and compassionate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his intense and unsparing work. A member of VII Photo Agency since 2010, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.

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