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WORKSHOP: Sundance Photographic Workshop students aiming for great shots at famous fair in Heber City, Utah

From November 8 to 12, 2007, students at Sundance Photographic Workshop will get a chance to photograph performers backstage at the 2007 Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair in Heber City, Utah. Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Martha Rial will lead a session titled “Storytelling with Images.” It will be her only workshop appearance of the year. Photographers will enjoy a better-than-front-row view at the Heber City Event, which draws performers and musicians from all over the country to celebrate Old West culture and Cowboy folklore among incredible natural backdrops.

From the Sundance Workshops' website:

photographers will learn how to go beyond the snapshot and look for moments that combine information with visual impact while documenting daily life in rural America. Other topics will include discussions on idea development, research techniques and cultivating sources. I will also emphasize the importance of the relationship between photojournalist and subject for more effective storytelling. Students will also be encouraged to ask questions about the role of ethics in photojournalism."

In 1998, Rial won the Pulitzer Prize for her photographic series on refugees in Burundi and Rwanda. She has also won a National Headliners Award, the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Photojournalism and has been named Pennsylvania Newspaper Photographer of the Year. At the fair, Rial will offer instruction on developing ideas through images, as well as guidance on researching journalistic projects. An opportunity to work with such a wealth of material, with this kind of guidance, will surely make for an irreplaceable experience.

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