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2009 Pictures with Purpose Details

Who should attend?

Photographers who have a desire to increase their visual storytelling skills, learn how to use their “voice” in a more meaningful way or revive a spirit numbed by the daily grind.

What to expect?

A magical, life-changing experience! Be prepared to shoot pictures, look at pictures, talk about pictures, discuss careers, and share your dreams in an intimate setting with a caring teacher. This year we will be focusing even tighter on advocacy and intervention photography.

What NOT to expect?

To be bullied, embarrassed or intimidated. This is not a “knock-you-down” boot camp. Nor is this workshop about gear or stuff or computer programs. It is about people, and telling their stories and learning about yourself in the process.


This year’s workshop will begin Sunday, July 12, at 2 p.m. and run through Sunday, July 18th. We cut the days in half and lowered the price.


The 2nd annual Pictures with Purpose workshop will be held again in Oak View, California, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles, 30 miles south of Santa Barbara.

Cost & Size?

Tuition for the workshop is $795.00. A $200.00, non-refundable deposit will hold a spot.
Workshop is limited to 12 students
8 spots left as of March 18

What do I need to bring?

A digital camera or cameras, laptop computer (not required), good attitude and a willingness to work hard and learn. You are welcome to drive but a car is not essential for this workshop.

Housing? Food?

Students are responsible for arranging their accommodations.We will provide information about housing upon request. Students are responsible for their meals.


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Lost for years, some of the negatives of Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour found in the “Mexican Suitcase” are starting to be shown

Oh, how I’d like to see the whole set …

At the end of every semester, the deluge comes in: semester-long projects, last minute reshoots – they all flood in. They come on my class server, by CD and flash drive. In the last week alone, I have ingested 8 gigabytes worth of images, audio and video … the little iMac in my office was really looking forward to this weekend, after having pulled two over-nighters compressing video. 

But it’s worth it … I think … as two of the Documentary Photography projects are now in the wild. The first was a look at Rural Health Care issues in the counties around Athens, done in collaboration with Prof. Patricia Thomas’s graduate Health and Medical Reporting class. Students tackled everything from aging to gangs in text, photos, audio and video. Considering only two of my students had ever shot video seriously before this semester, the results are pretty amazing. Spend some time with those stories.
On Friday, I built and released the second project – A Day at UGA: One campus, one hour, one story. This was a joint effort with Prof. Valerie Boyd’s class and is fairly close to a dreaded “day in the life,” but man … some of these stories just rock. My sixteen students worked on profiles with the sixteen students in Prof. Boyd’s class, but that left eight hours uncovered … so my students paired up and did eight more. 
We’ll launch one more project next week – and it’s huge. I’m hopefully these sixteen students realize what they’ve accomplished this semester. It would have been very easy for this class to become a technical class – shooting HD video, editing in Final Cut Pro, refining audio – but they never once looked at it that way. During our weekend workshop in early March, when they were struggling with the tech stuff, they did not waste time with editors asking about those problems – they talked about their stories. 
And that, to me, is what this class was all about. Stories. 

CNN has apparently modified a Flip camera with a fisheye lens and is giving you – yes you!a tour of their work space

Nice to see they’re using technology to save journalism …

(Okay, that was pretty snarky, and it is kind of cool …)

Embedded video from CNN Video

Here we go again … is The Washingtonian a journalism entity? Or did they step over a line? You decide. 

The Southeastern Professional Photographers Association’s 2009 convention is being held later this week in Athens. Some things work looking into. 

Over the last few months, the students in Documentary Photography have been working with students in Prof. Patricia Thomas’ Health and Medical Reporting class to look at health care issues in the rural counties around Athens. A few moments ago, the final package went live on The Grady Journal.

Working in teams, 22 students produced eight videos, eight audio slide shows and eight text stories covering everything from aging to teen pregnancy. Go take a look and leave a comment, they’d love to hear them. 

This note came in from Josh Metzler about the Truth With A Camera workshop, well worth investigating as I’ve heard many positive things about it …

Truth With A Camera will be held here in Guadalajara, Mexico at the end of May. We’re very excited about the workshop, which continues a 15-year tradition in the workshop which has before been held in Norfolk, VA. The course, a weeklong intensive photojournalism course, will pair American students with Mexican journalism students as they spend the week covering a story found in one of the partnering local NGOs on topics ranging from healthcare, migration, and children’s rights. At the end of the week, a small portfolio of images will be donated to the NGOs for their use.

The course, which is designed for undergrad and grad journalism students, is affordable (around $1100) and is nearly filled. The deadline is fast approaching and we hope to fill it up very soon. I hope that you’ll get a chance to pass the info around and mention it to your classes this week. I really appreciate it.

Here’s the site for more info and for registering.

Women in Photojournalism Call for Entries
Juried Exhibit and Gallery Reception Information

There are no categories, only your interpretation of the theme, “Celebrating Our Past Looking, Towards the Future”. Your photographs can represent your definition of the theme through people, place, action or event milestone. Submissions must be by women photojournalists. Single entries only.

Photos must have been taken between July 1, 2008 and April 25, 2009.

Deadline for entry is Midnight, May 1, 2009.

Up to 50 winning images will be selected by judges, including up to 2 best of show. Winners will be contacted and asked to submit an exhibit quality 14×18 matted print for the opening reception June 11, 2009. Copyright holders retain rights to the photograph. NPPA will have the right to print winners in the magazine or on the official website for conference or promotional materials.

You can submit by clicking here or going to the Convergence09 page and clicking on the link to enter the Women in Photojournalism Contest. Once you click the contest link and login it will automatically take to you to the entry form. Enter info in each field, then hit the browse button and select image from your computer. When done hit “Submit.” You must do this for each photograph you want to enter. Files need to be 200-300 dpi, jpeg files and Include the following information under the Photoshop FILE INFO or IPTC fields for each image: 1) Caption Field: image title followed by complete caption (DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME HERE). 2) Caption Writer: your initials. 3) Headline: image title. 4) Byline: photographer’s name. 5) Credit: your affiliation or school. 6) Source: copyright holder.

Payment must be made with a credit card at the time of print submission.

Women in Photojournalism Conference – June 10, 2009
Juried Exibit June 11, 2009
Flamingo Hotel – Las Vegas
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And here’s something that may help: The Poynter Institute’s News University has an upcoming webinar on getting your first journalism job. It’s cheap, and you can do it from the comfort of your chosen coffee shop. It goes live on April 8 from 2-3 p.m. (though they usually archive them for later viewing).