Photojournalism Workshop Description

This course explores the role that documentary photography plays in promoting social change, and how documentary photographers and nonprofit organizations can work together. The workshop, while being an introduction to the documentary/photojournalism, focuses on the narrative aspect of communicating issues across the social and urban environment through the photo storytelling. Through lectures, critiques, and assignments, each student receives the necessary support to research ideas to develop and edit inspiring photo stories for personal projects or professional assignments. Subjects covered include: analyzing the work of documentary photographers engaged in environmental and social issues, working with multimedia, the steps to approach people, and how to work with nongovernmental organizations (NGO).

Beb REYNOL Workshop instructor

Beb REYNOL (b.1966) is a documentary photographer and a photojournalist focusing on sociocultural and political stories. On assignments in Afghanistan, Beb walked across the border from Pakistan to work alongside Afghan photojournalists for AINA Media, a French NGO contributing to independent media development and later on for the Afghanistan Development & Peace Research Organization (ADPRO) in Kabul where he continues to collaborate in the education of Afghan photojournalists.
Beb’s years of contribution as a photojournalist let him to run workshops on photojournalism and photo storytelling through out the US, including the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City, coordinating guestspeakers of humanitarian leaders from the UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the International Rescue Comity (IRC), and the media.

Beb is also an associate member of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska, a collaborative initiative to run photojournalism mentorships in Kabul for the training of a new generation of Afghan photojournalists. His work can be viewed here:

Intro to Photojournalism and Visual Storytelling:

Reflecting on people’s lives has become crucial to the understanding of our changing world. Amid the sense of normalcy that has penetrated our daily lives in views of dramatic scenes of a world in conflict, the narrative in photography has revealed the urgency to humanize our stories while addressing important issues.
The notion that the role of the documentary photography is to connect people relies on a very important principal that photojournalists become engaged into their stories by spending a little more time with them and explore the context and background behind each photograph. It’s not about just taking a photograph of a person but giving them a voice and a face.
That being said, the challenges to document the world we are living in requires the will and the skills to engage a conversation to debate on issues many people don’t question.

“You don’t go to a place to create good images, to create beautiful things. That’s not what it is about. You have your own way to show them, and the photographer must find his own way.”

... Sebastiao Salgado

PFA Upcoming Workshop scheduelled for October 9th-15th 2024.

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