Hey guys! Just wanted to post the official page of the Katrina workshops with Chris Usher now that the dates and costs are all set:
PROJECT KATRINA WITH CHRIS USHER:
PHOTOGRAPHY AS A FORCE OF CHANGE
Level Three/Advanced: Working with Non-Profits
Classroom: 15 Students/3 Instructors/Digital Only
Dates: April 11 – 19, 2009
Contact Us: Please contact our offices for availability.
WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
• 10 days of intense nonprofit documentary photography with daily editing from Momenta staff, including award winning lead instructor Chris Usher
• Benefit NGOs in their need to publicize and project their activities to new audiences.
• Work one-on-one with instructors to develop a logistical and photographic plan to document a working NGO helping the recovery process.
• Gain rare access to these projects and forge relationships to last into the future.
• Explore, discuss and examine the different types of outreach and aid programs in this deep South region. Relate this, with the benefit of mentors, to your own personal mission and develop a more broad approach to your own work.
ABOUT OUR LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Award winning photographer Chris Usher spent several years as a newspaper photographer before going freelance and moving to Washington, DC. Usher’s work has been seen in TIME, LIFE, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune, Forbes, BusinessWeek, L’Express, Der Spiegel, Stern and more.
Chris’ documentation of behind-the-scenes moments at the White House, entitled Behind the Velvet Rope, is currently traveling the country. His book, One of Us, a two-year photo-documentary project begun on the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the Gulf Coast, was just published and the fine art prints are featured at the Corcoran Gallery of Art through January before it tours the United States. All proceeds from the book will go to help victims of the Hurricane.
Momenta Workshops is honored to have Chris with us for Project Katrina. Chris has taught dozens of workshops around the world and is now an adjunct professor of photojournalism at the Corcoran School of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. With his dedication to the region and his amazing teaching style, he is the perfect lead instructor for this workshop.
ABOUT OUR WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE
As the city rebuilds from one of the most costly and devastating disasters in modern America, Momenta Workshops will spend a week focusing the efforts of outreach by assisting non-profits working to bring the Big Easy back to life. Students will be assigned to various nonprofit to document the projects to rebuild in post-Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana. Working hand-in-hand with the nonprofit organizations, the students will be able to photograph on a documentary, narrative essay as well as give back to organizations dedicated to the betterment of their community.
Students will enjoy unequaled access to local and international organizations in a city that needs help documenting the hard work that gone into rebuilding and how much work is still left to do. In the Momenta “Photography as a Force of Change” series, there is a proven track record of photography and multimedia material being used to help further social change. No less can be expected in a region still crawling out from the shadow of such a overwhelming event.
Seven days of intense photography led by our experienced instructors is the centerpiece of this workshop. We’ll be working on the ground in the hardest hit areas of New Orleans. On the final night (Saturday) of the workshop, Momenta will host a slide show presentation for all the organizations who participated in the workshop, local residents and the workshop attendees. We also encourage you to invite your families and friends as well. The final projects of each student will be presented including the projects from audio/video teams as well.
We at Momenta are very excited to offer this workshop that not only allows students to participate in photographic coverage of nonprofit organizations but also gives back to a population in need of positive support. This is a great alternative spring break option for college students or professors alike. Families should be encouraged to join the workshop attendees and volunteer with our partner organizations.
Important Note: This workshop requires a minimum skills aptitude due to the nature of the close work with the partner non-profits. Applications for inclusion will be reviewed individually to both assess skills, and also find the right fit with a local NGO partner. This program is designed to capitalize on skills acquired in previous workshop experiences.
The workshops fees cover the first and last night’s dinner celebrations, the slideshow party for the nonprofits, students and guests, the famous Momenta traveling open bar, instructors fees and any guest speakers and all workshop handouts and materials. They do not include housing, airfare or transportation. We have arranged special deals with hotels in New Orleans including a place that offers $20/night dorm style housing for those of you on a budget. We also can offer our travel agent to assist you in finding flight and car deals.
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