How it all began.
14 Years of Documentary Training
In 2008, our co-founders were working for top-tier photography and news companies. As the media struggled with cutbacks and diminishing budgets, each founder saw the need for change in the industry and the way stories were told to the public. Their goal: find like-minded photographers around the world and encourage social change with powerful documentary images.
With our first program Burma: The Art of Travel Documentary, we launched our first workshops to train photographers in travel documentary and nonprofit storytelling.
With more than 950 attendees and 70+ workshops around the globe, the Momenta model has been helping photographers connect with important stories around the globe. We have changed the way nonprofits think about photography and we happily have helped to create new careers for our attending photographers.
Our passion drives our mission.
You’ll never work harder or have as much fun doing it!
Our workshops specialize in helping storytellers expand their skills and harness their passion for social change. We aim to create a network of journalists, nonprofits, and media experts from around the world. In a sense, we fill the void current media institutions cannot by getting photographers out into the field to hone their skills, perfect their craft and carry on the mission of journalistic integrity. At the same time, we are building a new media marketplace that will continue to pay dividends to the communications community for some time to come.
Our workshops are not a “travel with a camera” experience. We seek to show our students new ways to witness the world, meet new people and explore new ways of storytelling.
It is challenging. It is motivating. It is rewarding. And it is a helluva lot of fun. Trust us when we say this: these workshops will change your life.
The #MomentaFamily joins the Alpha Universe!
In 2020, we announced Sony is our Official Camera Sponsor.
One of the most exciting features of a Momenta Workshop experience is the ability to use a loaner camera system from our Official Camera Sponsor, Sony.
As our Founder John Christopher Anderson explained on the launch of this incredible relationship, “As the documentary industry evolves, the need to integrate audio, video, and still photography is vital for a storyteller’s success. No company is better suited than Sony to offer our clients the innovative, diverse technology they need to thrive in the documentary marketplace.”
During Momenta’s in-person programs, Sony will provide beautiful loaner camera kits for our attendees and a pro team member will be on site to support all domestic workshops. You will have the opportunity to take out a range of cameras and lens kits for your photo story on our workshops. If you have a Sony already, we likely will have some fun photo, audio or video gear you’ve never tried before to use with your own equipment.
Once you get your hands on a Sony, you’ll fall in love with the experience of using mirrorless cameras for your documentary photo and multimedia production!
And it just keeps getting better…
National Awards & Pulitzer Prizes
Our story doesn’t stop at our founders’ vision or the company’s mission because our students keep blowing our minds with their successes. Since our first workshop, Momenta’s student and instructor work has been featured in national publications, our alumni have created entirely new career paths in humanitarian photography, and three (!) stories from our workshops have been nominated for Pulitzer Prizes!
One of our proudest moments is when we are listed in the “best of” lists or guides for visual education. Since 2014, we have consistently made PhotoShelter’s Best Workshops lists: Exciting Workshops Happening in 2019-2020, 50 Awesome Photo Workshops Around the World, 50 Fantastic Photo Workshops Happening, and 65 Inspiring Workshops.
We were also named in Outside Magazine’s Best Travel Photography Workshops, won About.com’s Best Learning Experience by popular vote, and PhotographyTalk honored us twice in their Best Workshops list for 2018 and 2019-2020.
Most recently, Momenta’s workshops were listed in Feature Shoot’s 50 Workshops for Photographers in 2021-2022.
Join us today to become a part of our storytelling movement!