About

Founded by Visual Communications faculty in 1999, the workshop brings top professionals from around the world to join our professors as we push students to identify, observe and artfully communicate the core of who we are and the issues we face in everyday life. In the process, students learn to better use still photography, audio, video, motion graphics, design and words to become exceptional storytellers who engage the community.

This year’s workshop involved more than 90 students whose efforts ranged from content collection to working behind the scenes on social media, copy editing, and multimedia production.

On behalf of all of us at VIS, thank you for taking the time to look at our work. We hope you might lose yourself as you walk in the footsteps of our subjects, experiencing their world and understanding yours just a little bit better.

Schedule

  • Thu
    Oct
    12
  • Fri
    Oct
    13
  • Sat
    Oct
    14
  • Sun
    Oct
    15
Time
Title
Location
4-5:30 p.m.

meetings

Coaches Meeting and Dinner

I-3 Center
432/434 Newhouse 3

5:30-6:30 p.m.

registration

Headshots and Mini Workshops Signup

Professional headshots of all workshop participants will be taken and sign-up for mini workshops (4 max per student)

Photo Studio
113 Newhouse 1

7-7:15 p.m.

introduction

Workshop Kickoff

Mark Lodato

Dean

Newhouse

Paula Nelson

Executive Director

Alexia Workshop

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium
140 Newhouse 3

7:15-8:30 p.m.

keynote

"Luck Is A State of Mind"

Deanne Fitzmaurice

Deanne Fitzmaurice

Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium
140 Newhouse 3

8:30-8:45 p.m.

break

Short Break

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium
140 Newhouse 3

8:45-9 p.m.

Introduction of Coaches


9-10:30 p.m.

meetings

Team Meetings

Students meet with coaches and teams and talk about photo ideas

Around Newhouse

Workshops

A Year of Documenting Two Wars

1.

Friday, Oct 13, 2023
11-11:45 a.m.

Halmi Screening Room
141 Newhouse 3

2.

Saturday, Oct 14, 2023
1-1:45 p.m.

Halmi Screening Room
141 Newhouse 3

Salwan Georges, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist from The Washington Post unveils the relentless fight against fentanyl and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, immersing you in the meticulous documentation of these pivotal struggles that profoundly influence our world today. He explains navigating the challenges inherent in balancing coverage of two major topics in one year.

Salwan Georges photo

Salwan Georges
Photojournalist
The Washington Post

Stills to Motion

1.

Friday, Oct 13, 2023
11-11:45 a.m.

Classroom
151 Newhouse 3

2.

Saturday, Oct 14, 2023
12-12:45 p.m.

Classroom
151 Newhouse 3

Corey Rich is among the most recognized adventure and outdoor lifestyle photographers and filmmakers, working with clients like The North Face, Apple, Patagonia, and more. In this workshop, “Stills to Motion”, Corey will dive into how the early adoption of DSLR video helped reshape his approach to visual storytelling. He’ll share his victories (and failures) across his more than twenty-year career, identifying common pitfalls for aspiring creatives to avoid.

Corey Rich photo

Corey Rich
Photographer and filmmaker

Storytelling with Drone Photography

1.

Friday, Oct 13, 2023
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Emerging Insights Lab
150 Newhouse 3

2.

Saturday, Oct 14, 2023
11-11:45 a.m.

Emerging Insights Lab
150 Newhouse 3

Angela Owens, picture editor at the Wall Street Journal, photojournalist, writer, and licensed drone pilot will lead you on an exploration of drone photojournalism. She’ll discuss how drone photography can advance newsgathering and contribute to innovative storytelling.

Angela Owens photo

Angela Owens
Photo editor
Wall Street Journal

Long Form Documentary Projects

1.

Friday, Oct 13, 2023
12-12:45 p.m.

Halmi Screening Room
141 Newhouse 3

2.

Saturday, Oct 14, 2023
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Halmi Screening Room
141 Newhouse 3

This workshop will be led by Louie Palu who has produced award winning work for National Geographic on the Arctic. Palu is well known for in-depth projects which features still photography, video, and audio. He recently directed a feature film on the war in Ukraine, political coverage of the final year of the Trump presidency including the January 6 insurrection and is currently on contract with Bloomberg Opinion. His work has been featured widely in publications/online, film festivals and exhibitions worldwide and is the recipient of a 2022 World Press Photo and 2023 POYi World Understanding Award.

Louie Palu

Louie Palu
Photographer

How to Find a Story

1.

Friday, Oct 13, 2023
12-12:45 p.m.

Miron Special Events Room
303 Newhouse 1

2.

Saturday, Oct 14, 2023
11-11:45 a.m.

Miron Special Events Room
303 Newhouse 1

Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist and Nikon Ambassador, Deanne Fitzmaurice will share advice from a long career of storytelling. Come to this mini workshop with ideas to brainstorm and flesh out, with the highly sought after visual storyteller who has worked for some of the world’s most iconic brands for decades.

Deanne Fitzmaurice

Deanne Fitzmaurice
Photojournalist

The Language of Light for People in a Hurry

1.

Friday, Oct 13, 2023
1-1:45 p.m.

Classroom
151 Newhouse 3

2.

Saturday, Oct 14, 2023
1-1:45 p.m.

Classroom
151 Newhouse 3

This is a speedy, uncomplicated crash course on seeing, understanding, and using light on the go. Light is the first thing you see, and the only thing your camera sees, so you need to get good with it asap. You’ll be a better, more confident imagemaker and storyteller after this 1-hour workshop, guaranteed.

Greg Heisler

Greg Heisler
Professor and photographer

Fund your Freedom

1.

Friday, Oct 13, 2023
1-1:45 p.m.

Emerging Insights Lab
150 Newhouse 3

2.

Saturday, Oct 14, 2023
12-12:45 p.m.

Emerging Insights Lab
150 Newhouse 3

An introduction to estimating, cash flow and financial management to unlock longevity and de-stress your business. Doug will share real world examples of the commercial estimating process, how to manage your costs and cash flow, and practical tips on how to grow your business. He will also explain why to be a successful photographer at age 40, the best job you could have at 25 is that of a junior art director and share why Drew Barrymore is the only person who calls him Douglas.

Doug Levy

Doug Levy
Photographer

Coaches

Heather Ainsworth

Heather
Ainsworth

  • Documentary and Editorial Photographer
Matthew Callahan

Matthew
Callahan

    enny Christopher photo

    Lenny
    Christopher

    • OwnerLenny Christopher Photography
    Shuran Huang photo

    Shuran
    Huang

    • Photographer
    Michelle McLoughlin

    Michelle
    McLoughlin

    Louie Palu

    Louie
    Palu

    • Photographer
    Corey Rich photo

    Corey
    Rich

    • Photographer and Filmmaker
    Molly Roberts

    Molly
    Roberts

      Kate Warren photo

      Kate
      Warren

        Arin Yoon photo

        Arin
        Yoon

          Staff

          Rafael
          Concepcion

          • Director of Workflow
          Seth Gitner

          Seth
          Gitner

          • Director of Gallery Curatation
          Jon Glass photo

          Jon
          Glass

          • Director of Social Media
          Prof. Ken Harper

          Ken
          Harper

          • Human
          Paula Nelson

          Paula
          Nelson

          • Executive Director
          Renée Stevens photo

          Renée
          Stevens

          • Managing Director

          Sponsors