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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Eddie Adams Workshop turns 30

By Autumn Schanil - reporter/photographer

JEFFERSONVILLE - Thirty years ago, Associated Press photographer Eddie Adams, turned his long imagined idea of a “foto farm” into action, creating a photography workshop with the help of his friends and colleagues, Nikon and Kodak, and dozens of publications.
It was a workshop that was intended to be a one-time event held on his property in the Catskills during the Columbus Day weekend, but due to the success of that first year, has become an annual occurrence known worldwide as The Eddie Adams Workshop.
This year the workshop will be celebrating 30 years.
Adams, who passed away in 2004, spent five decades as a photographer. His work included wars, heads of state, celebrities, U.S.
presidents, advertising, entertainment, corporate, fashion photography and more. His work appeared in Parade, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Time and probably his most recognized and iconic image “Saigon Execution” was honored with the Pulitzer Prize in 1968 and World Press Photo of the Year.
His idea for the workshop was to create a place where he and friends could share their work, not just with each other, but with up and coming talented young photographers, completely tuition-free.
According to the Eddie Adams Workshop, the students would be chosen by their skills and not on their ability to pay.
The workshop, with its chief support from Nikon, has changed and developed over time, building a family that comes together every year to help “shape the future of photojournalism,” all while maintaining its tuition-free forum.
Each year 100 students are chosen from around the world to attend the four-day intensive workshop and to learn and grow with some of the best in the field. They attend seminars and shoot thousands of images of their subjects over the weekend that will be part of a final presentation.
If you live in the area, you've seen the students buzzing around at this time, or maybe you've even been chosen to be followed for a few hours out of the day.
If you see the students out and about this weekend, stop and say hello. The world's future photographers and photojournalists are learning right here in the place we call home.

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