For the past 4 years I have spent my Columbus day weekend celebrating the Eddie Adams Workshop in Jeffersonville, NY. Each year 100 of the top young photojournalists from around the world are chosen, via portfolio submission, to come to the Catskills and learn from the best in the industry. It is truly a gathering of the photographic spirit, where students shoot intensively for 2-3 straight days honing their skills with some of the industry heavies and producing a body of work that is shown on the closing night reception. If you are not shooting, then you are usually watching an inspirational slide show presented by a famous photographer, whom you can actually talk to and have your work critiqued by! This year marked the 20th Anniversary of the Eddie Adams Workshops, and as you walk through Eddie’s barn- turned multimedia workplace- you’ll notice the photos of each graduating class and feel a part of an amazing history.
So, when it came time for this year’s group shot of the students, faculty, sponsors, and ever present black team, I asked if I could sneak a quick 8 second panoramic pinhole exposure.
Of course everyone was game!
Though the workshop is all digital, for the first time in a while I noticed a plethora of students with alternative film cameras: Poloroid Land Cameras, Holgas, Leicas, and even a Voigtlander or two! Nikon, who is a major sponsor of EAW brought in some of the first D3 professional digital cameras for the students and faculty to use and the initial reactions were very, very positive. I think one photographer spent the whole weekend trying in vain to find digital noise in any of the D3’s images.
Now, if you can find yourself in this picture, please contact me and I will gladly mail you out a print! Until then, stay in focus!