|News - workshops|
|Written by Foto8|
|22 Aug 2012|
In 2006, the ADP Workshop was created by two Western Kentucky photojournalism students, Jim and Carla Winn. For three years, the workshop brought together photographers conducting community-based documentary photojournalism for week-long shooting workshops in West Texas, the Mississippi Delta, and Appalachian Kentucky.
While the workshops involved valuable shooting and critiques, they also provided participating photographers with an opportunity for fellowship with other similarly-minded photographers, a network that might provide professional opportunities, but that also, perhaps more significantly, offered support and understanding about the work, its challenges, and its possibilities.
Members of The Treme Sidewalk Steppers prepare for their annual second line parade in New Orleans, LA. © Rush Jagoe 2012.
There is no single characteristic that defines the workshop’s photographers, but the photographers share in their recognition of the importance of a sense of personal investment in, and ongoing relationship with the places where they photograph. Consequently they spend a substantial amount of time establishing trust and exploring the detail of daily life in their site, be they urban or rural. Their works tell the kinds of stories that are seldom if ever addressed in national news media outlets, but which describe experiences shared by countless others.
The upcoming ADP Workshop Review will also address the return of the work to the communities in which they are made, exploring possibilities for photographers to continue an engagement with these communities, as well as how the work can be disseminated outside of the communities in order to make those experiences known.
- Leo Hsu
Submissions for ADP Workshop Review due August 31, 2012. See http://adpworkshop.org/Opportunities for more information.