For students who want to expand their knowledge of the world through the window of photography, or for photographers who want to multiply their own skills with my guidance, I offer various workshops and educational opportunities throughout the year.

Assistant Positions

Occasionally I need assistants for specific project work or general studio management tasks. Specialty skills which I like to see in potential candidates are mastery of multiple languages, understanding of journalistic ethics, and proficiency with photo and video editing software. If you would like to be considered for future assistant opportunities, please send a CV, letter of motivation and website to me. I'll keep all top-level candidates on file.


Internship opportunities for college students and graduates are occasionally available. Interns should be prepared to serve part-time for three to five months. Candidates will be selected by their organizational skills and proficiency in editing software. Interns will gain skills in research, project management, and editing.


Each year, I devote time to educational outreach. I've been invited to speak to a huge range of students, from academics in elite universities to teens in underprivileged neighborhoods. Powerful images can ignite curiosity in classrooms, and open minds to new debates.


Photo Walk in Paris Latin Quarter in partnership with Leica France

I’ll be leading a nocturnal Photo Walk in the Saint Germain des Près neighborhood of Paris in partnership with Leica France on Friday, December 13th from 6:30 pm until midnight. The walk is limited to a maximum of eight participants. The full description in French is below: Informations : “Promenade nocturne dans Saint Germain des Près avec Tomas Van Houtryve”…  read more.

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Leica Akademie Workshops in London and in Lucca Italy, Developing a Personal Project, November 2019

I’ll be teaching two workshops about developing your personal project in November in partnership with the Leica Akademie:   • LONDON, UK Workshop Dates: Saturday & Sunday, 2-3 November 2019 Location: Leica Store Mayfair – 64-66 Duke Street, Mayfair, W1K 6JD United Kingdom   • LUCCA, ITALY Workshop Dates: November 2019 In partnership with the Photolux Festival Location: Via San…  read more.

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Leica Akademie Masterclass in Arles, Choosing your photographic approach, July 2-3, 2019

  Leica Akademie Masterclass – Choosing your photographic approach (version française en bas) 2-3 July 2019 Arles France Limited to 10 participants. Price 350 Euros Taught by Tomas van Houtryve This two-day workshop will help photographers find a unique artistic approach and apply it to their work. Through a combination of case studies, shooting sessions and editing, participants will cover…  read more.

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Leica Akademie Workshop in Milan, Developing a Personal Project, April 27-28, 2019

  Leica Akademie Workshop –  Developing a Personal Project   Leica Store Milano Via Mengoni 4 20121 Milano Italy An in-depth personal project is often what it takes to transform a good photographer into a great one. Yet undertaking such a project can seem daunting. What are the required steps to start with an idea and build it into a…  read more.

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Video of Lines and Lineage lecture at the Magnum Foundation’s Photography Expanded Symposium

 On May 1st, 2018, I gave a 30-minute artist talk about Lines and Lineage at The New School in New York as part of the Magnum Foundation‘s Photography Expanded Symposium. The symposiums’s theme was counter-histories. During the my presentation, I explained how the existing visual record of the American West helped create the Western mythology of Anglo “pioneers” and…  read more.

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Leica Akademie Workshop in Tuscany, Unlocking Inspiration

    Leica Akademie Workshop –  Unlocking Inspiration July 18 – 19, 2015 Tuition: 300 Euros Maximum enrollment: 12 I’m teaming up with Leica Akademie Italy and the Cortona on the Move Festival to teach a workshop on how to reach your full potential by unlocking inspiration. The two-day session in Tuscany is limited to 12 people, and each participant…  read more.

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Leica Akademie Workshop in Milan, Unlocking Inspiration

  Leica Akademie Workshop –  Unlocking Inspiration Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2015 Tuition: 290 Euros Maximum enrollment: 10 I’m teaming up with Leica Akademie Italy to teach a workshop on how to reach your full potential by unlocking inspiration. The two-day session in Milan is limited to 10 people, and each participant will be given the opportunity to work…  read more.

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Interview by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College

I was recently interviewed by Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel of the the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College about my Blue Sky Days drone project. The full transcript is posted below.   Center for the Study of the Drone First, could you describe to me what it is exactly that you did with the drone? Tomas van…  read more.

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Oslo Talk: Behind Communism’s Curtains

I had the opportunity to deliver a presentation about the subject of my book, “Behind the Curtains of 21st Century Communism” at the 2012 Oslo Freedom Forum. The forum brings together an exceptional group of human rights icons, high-level dissidents, artists, journalists and activists (such as modern slavery abolitionists) for several days of talks and meetings. Below you’ll find the video of…  read more.

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