I just got back being on of the photography coaches for Syracuse University’s The Fall Workshop in Auburn, NY. What an amazingly fun, inspiring time!
The fall workshop program was started by Mark Dolan many years ago as a way for photography students to explore their community and network with past alumni who are working photographers and editors. With generous support from Kodak and Nikon, the students get real world experience with very talented mentors.
The workshop has grown, under the guidance of Bruce Strong and David Sutherland and the faculty of Newhouse, to incorporate video, multimedia, film, radio, television and military photojournalism students. There were over 30 coaches from all over the world who came in to help as coaches and mentors and help the students improve their storytelling. These bright, talented students were positively tireless (note: I didn’t say “tired” which is also true).
The audio slideshows and videos are available online through the Newhouse Vimeo page here. Scroll through the whole bunch and see the amazing work produced! You will be overwhelmed that these were done in just under 48 hours.
For all you professors out there who would like to start a program like this but don’t know how, I’d suggest contacting Mark Dolan (email@example.com) at Southern Illinois University or Bruce Strong (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Syracuse University. This type of workshop program can bond your students together, create a wonderful collaborative environment and help keep your alumni fired up about their experiences with your school.
Well done to all the photographers, videographers, audio techs and website builders for this weekend’s amazing event! Momenta Workshops and I are honored and proud to be a part of this over the years and watch it grow. See all you students in 2011!