Donations made to the Kalish Workshop and the Edelson Scholarship are fully tax deductible. The Kalish is a division of the National Press Photographers Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization charged with advancing press photography through education and the awarding of fellowships and scholarships.
Donations to The Kalish may be made by check, payable to National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) and mailed to:
1175 Huntover Court
McLean, VA 22101
Donations to The Mark J. Edelson Picture Editing Scholarship may be made online via NPPF.
The Mark J. Edelson Picture Editing Scholarship
To honor his memory and 20 years of dedication to The Kalish, Mark
Edelson’s family established this scholarship to fund one recipient’s
tuition and travel expenses to the workshop each year. In the spirit of
Mark’s contributions and his legacy, the workshop continues to be grounded in inspiration, mentorship, education and "family" for visual editors.
Mark was well known professionally for his coaching ability and his acute visual editing skills. His stellar teaching, mentoring and presentations became a cornerstone of the prestigious Kalish visual editing workshop.
In 1998 he joined The Kalish, where his working relationship with other faculty members was like family. They got along so well that the core group stayed together for nearly twenty years, looking forward to each year as a reunion.
Mark's unique talent to see things in pictures, often overlooked by others, distinguished him. Many described Mark as a visual genius, both in his ability to choose and present visuals purposefully and effectively, and in his ability to articulate why visuals work the way they do. He was an inspiration to many young editors and a conscience pushing them to improve their craft.
He was known for his one-on-one teaching style at The Kalish. When a befuddled student would ask him a question he'd furrow his brow, think for a minute, take the ever-present toothpick from his mouth and then quietly start asking questions that would lead the student to better decisions.
Mark was very matter of fact about his dealing with cancer. He saw it as an adventure and talked about meeting people along the way that he never would have met otherwise. Even when his energy evaporated, his spirit was strong.
Even more than his considerable abilities and accomplishments, his Kalish family and friends remember him as a truly good human being. Humble, kind and considerate, it was a joy to be in his company. Not only did Mark make a lot of people better picture editors, he made them better people.