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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

They are the eyes for others

Students again come to Jeffersonville for EAW

By Autumn Schanil - staff writer

Workshop Moderator Jim Colton addresses everyone seated inside the Eddie Adams' barn just before the student team photo presentations the last night of the famous four-day workshop.
JEFFERSONVILLE — Every year in October 100 students are greeted by world renowned photographers and photojournalists as they step off bright yellow school buses and walk onto the Eddie Adams property in Jeffersonville, ready to take part in the annual photojournalism workshop, Barnstorm: The Eddie Adams Workshop.
Photographer and photojournalist Eddie Adams created the workshop in 1988, 29 years ago, and it's still running strong today.
Although Eddie passed away in 2004, his wife Alyssa Adams, along with a whole team of dedicated and impassioned individuals come together every year to keep it going.
The workshop is an intense 4-day gathering of some of the top professionals in photojournalism alongside 100 carefully selected students from all around the world that are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios.
Completely tuition-free, the workshop aims to create a forum where ideas, philosophies, techniques and stories can be shared between established photographers and newcomers to the field. Essentially, they create a family of individuals with the same love and passion for photojournalism.

“Honestly, I cannot explain this workshop in one word, it's extremely difficult for me,” said student Santosh Kumar Korthiwada. “I would probably have to write a little book just to explain what happened in the last few days.”
Walking around the Adams' property throughout the weekend teams of students are often seen on the lawn or in the barn being coached by their editors and team leaders; speakers are scheduled at different times of the day to talk about their work and what it takes to make it in the photography field; people are seen laughing and hugging each other while others are running after the dogs that are rolling in the grass trying to capture a wonderful moment.
On the second night of the workshop, photographer and speaker Corey Rich told the students, “You have to do things because you love it, because it gets that fire burning inside of you.”
Sunday afternoon a memorial was held to honor Eddie and six “fallen” photographers who put their lives on the line to show the conflicts of the Vietnam War.
On the final night, the students get their time to shine as their work and photographs from the weekend are presented and shown to all.
Each student tells a story through their photos of a local family or individual who they spent two days with. The photos are sometimes accompanied by audio of their subjects or music. Each student tells a powerful story that otherwise may never have been known.
“And this is the mission of any photographer or photojournalist: to tell a story. You are important and we need you now, perhaps more than ever,” said Ray Evans Harrell of the Nuyagi Keetoowah Society, who led the memorial on Sunday. “You are the eyes for what other people cannot see.”
“There's no other place like this,” said Alexis Lambrou of the “Black Team.” “Everyone here is like a family. The students, alumni, team leaders, editors, photographers, everyone. I always look forward to October and coming here.”

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