I occasionally teach masterclasses and workshops for small groups. The latest opportunities are posted below as they become available. These classes tend to fill up quickly, so it is best to reserve as early as possible.

You may also request a private one-on-one workshop. Personalized coaching sessions that can focus on overcoming career challenges or on developing specific skills, such as mastering drone photography or the wet plate collodion process. One-on-one workshops are available in English, French or Spanish language. Contact me directly to inquire about a one-on-one session.

Assistant Positions

I hire assistants for specific project work. Potential candidates should send a CV, letter of motivation and website. I'll keep all top-level candidates on file for future opportunities.


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.


I've partnered with the Pulitzer Center for educational outreach in dozens of schools. Through the Radius Donation Program, my books are also donated to underfunded libraries. I also lecture at universities and academic conferences, and I am available internationally for speaking engagements.


Workshop: Photographic Narratives retreat at a castle in Dordogne

Perfect your visual storytelling skills at this immersive photo workshop at the Domaine Cazenac in Dordogne, France lire en français 🇫🇷 Dates: 15 – 19 November 2023   Highlights: • 4-night retreat inside an exceptional chateau in the Périgord Noir area of Dordogne • Individual photo assignments in surrounding medieval villages, castles and gardens • One-on-one photo review sessions with Tomas…  read more.

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VII Talk: Documentary Photography in the Era of Generative A.I. with Fred Ritchin

In a talk on VII Insider, I discussed how generative artificial intelligence is impacting documentary photography with Fred Ritchin, Dean Emeritus of the School at the International Center of Photography. The talk was moderated by David Campbell. It was first streamed on 13 July 2023. Watch the video About the conversation: Photography’s ability to record specific moments of reality has…  read more.

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VII Book Club discussion with Sally Martin Katz of the SFMOMA about Lines and Lineage monograph

 I was invited by the VII Interactive Book Club to discuss my Lines and Lineage book with Sally Martin Katz of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The conversation was originally streamed live online on 3 May 2020. We discussed the inspiration and key message of the book, the 19th-century process employed, and the place of the work…  read more.

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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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