You may notice an abundance of cameras in Breathitt County next week. Don't worry; it's not paparazzi looking for their next celebrity cover shot. About 20 students from the University of Kentucky will be participating in a four-day documentary photography workshop. They'll be be turning their lenses on local residents and businesses to tell their stories through pictures and hopefully learn something along the way.
The Picture Kentucky workshop, which will be operating out of the Robinson Forest Camp Oct. 12-15, will bring award-winning instructors from around the state and the country to coach aspiring photojournalists.
Their subjects will include many of the interesting people and places of Jackson and Breathitt County, and the photos and video may appear on a website or in a student-produced book. If you have any suggestions for the photographers, please email workshop producer David Stephenson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop Web site is www.picturekentucky.org.
The goal of the Picture Kentucky Workshop Series, which is run by the University of Kentucky's student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel, is to teach students how to tell compelling stories through photographs. In addition to shooting picture stories, students will work toward producing a book, multimedia and a Web presentation that will be shared with the university, the host communities and the general public. During that process it is the hope of the workshop's organizers and financial supporters that the students will share in an intense, fulfilling experience that they will carry with them for a lifetime.
EDITOR'S NOTE: David Stephenson is a Photojournalism and Multimedia Advisor with The Kentucky Kernel in Lexington. Prior to that, he worked for years as a photojournalist for the Lexington Herald-Leader.