Monday, December 14, 2009

Learning from the best ...

UGa photojournalism students document professionals at work

My good friend Mark Johnson teaches photojournalism at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.  As one of their projects, he has his advanced photojournalism students shadow a professional photojournalist and create a "day in the life" multimedia slideshow. I thought I'd share a couple of examples of their work so a small voice visitors can learn along with the students.

Student Jake Daniels followed Miami Herald staff photographer Patrick Ferrell. Ferrell is the latest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for his photographs of the people of Haiti in the tragic aftermath of back-to-back hurricanes. His work and his words carry a lot of weight. Listen carefully to his account of the experience, and you might begin to understand how and why photographers make pictures of such horrific events.
WARNING: Many of these pictures are of a graphic nature and may be upsetting. They should be. Many people died, including a lot of children. But Ferrell's photos gave a voice to people who desperately needed one.

Daniels' classmate Lindsay Dobras shadowed yours truly. I can't say her experience fits the headline of this post, but I enjoyed our time together and I hope she learned some things. To view her slideshow, click here: A Day in the life with Scott Bryant.

Good job Linsday, but it still feels weird being on the other side of the camera!

If you're interested in seeing more of the students' work, click here: Advanced Photojournalism. Then click on the names to view their work. The "Day in the Life" slideshows are featured on the "November 17, 2009" link.

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