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It’s always great to see a series of photographs which tell a story. Whether it’s photojournalism from a war-torn population to a series of fashion looks in an exotic locale, groups of photos with unifying themes make us feel and think differently than a single image can.
Caleb Kenna knows this, and presents a wonderful cross-section of Vermont residents. Known for their free-thinking, tenacity, self-reliance, and Yankee wit, the subjects Kenna has captured are more varied than famous son’s Robert Frost’s time, but are just as at home in the beautiful state they call their own. Here are some of his thoughts on this series.
Ironically, my portrait series on Vermonters started across the Connecticut River in New Hampshire. I got a great assignment from Dartmouth College to photograph six students for an alumni brochure. A few months before I bought an Einstein 640 flash and Vagabond battery and had been slow putting them to good use. Up until that point I mostly used Nikon Speedlights. I wanted to improve my lighting skills and be able to shoot in a wider variety of situations. I had used PocketWizards and was excited about using multiple lights. The Dartmouth shoots went well and proved a good challenge. I photographed on a narrow balcony atop a library clock tower, inside a dark theater and outside in blowing snow and freezing temperatures. Each time the PocketWizards performed well.
I have always enjoyed photographing strangers, but would sometimes avoid it because of less than optimal natural light. With my new lighting setup, I could make portraits anytime, creating a consistent and pleasing light combined with whatever ambient light was there. My first Vermonter portraits were made in the middle of frozen Lake Bomoseen on a frigid February day. Lugging my gear across the slippery ice, I set up and hoped the sandbag would prevent my lights from blowing away in the wind. Everything worked! My project was underway! Now it’s spring and I’ve made more portraits of Vermonters. My goal is to capture everyday Vermonters in their natural environments, from farm fields to city streets, young and old, native and new Vermonters, all lighted in a similar way to highlight their collective sense of place and individual personalities.
Caleb Kenna uses Nikon D800 and D600 cameras, Nikon Speedlights, PocketWizard FlexTT5 transceivers, MiniTT1 transmitters, and a PowerMC2 receiver with the Paul C. Buff Einstein 640WS Strobe and Vagabond Mini Lithium Portable Battery. See more of Caleb Kenna’s work at his site, blog, and his new blog.
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The Eddie Adams Workshop would like to announce the 26th Workshop, which will be held October 11-14, 2013 in New York. The workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top professionals in photojournalism, along with 100 carefully selected students.
The workshop’s purpose is to create a forum in which an exchange of ideas, techniques, and philosophies can be shared between both established members and newcomers of the profession.
The only tuition-free workshop of its kind, 100 students are accepted based on the merit of their portfolios from a pool of college students, professionals with three years or less experience, and U.S. military photographers.
Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2013.
All who qualify should apply at www.eddieadamsworkshop.com.
The application deadline is May 31, 2013 for the 26th annual Eddie Adams Workshop. Applicant selection happens in July and the event will be held October 11-14, 2013 in New York. The Workshop is one of the premier photojournalism events for students and young professionals, and the only one that is tuition-free.
The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top photography professionals, along with 100 carefully selected students. The photography workshop is tuition-free, and the 100 students are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios. The weekend offers an excellent opportunity to meet the top photojournalists in the world, and to work alongside the best photo editors in the business.
To apply to the Eddie Adams workshop, you must be either a student or a professional with less than 3 years of experience. Get your application in NOW for a an opportunity that could change the course of your career. Find out more at www.TheEddieAdamsWorkshop.com.
The application process is easy. Click here to submit your application.
See the work from the 2012 Eddie Adams Workshop at www.TheEddieAdamsWorkshop.com. Here’s one example of telling stories in pictures from Team Turquoise.
With his signature hat, ponytail and unassuming disposition, one might not realize that photographer Eddie Adams covered 13 wars, beginning with a stint as a Marine Corps combat photographer in Korea in the early 1950s and ending in Kuwait in 1991.
He did three tours of Vietnam with the Associated Press and won the Pulitzer Prize for photography for his shot of a Viet Cong lieutenant being executed at close range on a Saigon street by a South Vietnamese general. In his more than five decades as a working photographer, Adams received more than 500 awards honoring his work, including World Press, New York Press, National Headliners and Sigma Delta Chi Awards. He said he likes getting them; that they’re nice. But he didn’t display them. He didn’t display that famous photo from Vietnam, either. If he’d had his way, that photo would never be released for publication again.
Adams photographed some of the most celebrated people in the world: Ronald Reagan, Fidel Castro, whom he liked, and Pope John Paul II; Jerry Lewis, Clint Eastwood and Bette Davis; Big Bird and Mickey Mouse. All of them, and many more, have looked into Adams’ lens. He remains one of the most published photographers in the U.S., with his work gracing the pages of newspapers and magazines like TIME, VOGUE, VANITY FAIR and PARADE. His career spanned journalism, corporate, editorial, fashion, entertainment and advertising photography. He photographed leaders in all fields, from politics to the superstars of film, television, sports and high fashion. His portfolio includes one-on-one sessions with seven U.S. Presidents and sixty-five Heads of State.
“Eddie’s genius is his talent for capturing tension in every photo, whether it be the still of a murder or the animation in the eyes of a movie star,” says PARADE Chairman Walter Anderson. “He is eclectic, incomparable and cantankerous. He is unyielding in the pursuit of excellence.”
It’s not the war photos or the celebrity photos or the awards that define what’s most important about Adams’ work. It’s the photos that have moved and inspired people to do good; the photos that have led to important change in government policy and people’s lives. He was proud of his 1979 shot “Boat of No Smiles,” depicting 50 Vietnamese on a 30-foot fishing boat fleeing their homeland. It was such a dire time for them, not even the children on board could find pleasure in a boat ride. It was Adams’ photo of these “boat people” that ultimately led Congress and President Jimmy Carter to open the door to the U.S. to more than 200,000 Vietnamese refugees.
In 1995, Adams created a photo essay for PARADE of some of “the most amazing, most beautiful children in America.” One image — that of a 3-year-old with leukemia, who was photographed with her security blanket — moved one woman so much that she started an organization. Project Linus, founded by Karen Loucks, is a non-profit that provides security blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of blankets and afghans created by volunteers. Today, there are more than 300 chapters of Project Linus in the U.S. and abroad.
Adams began his photography career as a high school student in Kensington, Pa., shooting weddings and other events for $20. He eventually got a job with the New Kensington Daily Dispatch. From there, he went to the Enquirer & News in Battle Creek, Mich., and the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. In 1962, he joined the Associated Press. After a decade, Adams left the AP for TIME magazine and freelance work. He rejoined the AP in 1976, where he was the first and only photographer to hold the title of special correspondent. In 1980, Adams became a PARADE magazine photographer and, from 1982-2004, was a special correspondent to PARADE, which has featured more than 350 of Adams’ photos on its cover over the years.
Eddie Adams passed away on September 19, 2004. His legacy continues in the annual photojournalism workshop, Barnstorm: The Eddie Adams Workshop, which he created in 1988, and is still running strong today.