Photojournalism Workshop at the Ohio State Fair - July 28-31, 2016


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Join Leica Store Miami, The Leica Akademie and four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist William Snyder for a unique Leica workshop in Columbus, Ohio. If you have always admired photojournalists like James Nachtwey, Anthony Suau, Daniel Berehulak or Peter Turnley then this is a workshop for you. Designed to help you take your documentary photography to a higher level and to ensure you will get the most out of your Leica gear, you'll be covering the Ohio State Fair as if you were a member of a real news coverage team, guided along the way by a seasoned pro as your editor.

The Ohio State Fair provides an extraordinary array of events to cover like concerts, carnival rides, a huge midway, agricultural and livestock shows, roving entertainment, food exhibits and the sort of street photography and color one can only find at a State Fair. It will be up to the team to divvy up assignments and seek out unique stories to tell. William will work with each participant to help them develop narratives and offer individual critiques after each shooting session.

William Snyder is a multi-Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and editor who has been published in a wide variety of newspapers, websites and magazines in his career. Along with William, David Farkas from Leica Store Miami and Tom Smith from Leica Akademie USA will be on hand to give assistance and advice, as well as provide loaner Leica cameras and lenses. We’ll share our favorite tips and tricks to getting the most out of these exceptional cameras.

This workshop will be run like a news operation where individuals will be given a combination of specific and general assignments to cover at various times of the day and evening. There will be daily critiques – some individual, some group.

Some of the topics we’ll cover during daily lecture time:

  • Layering and optimal composition for documentary photography
  • Story-telling techniques
  • Developing a photo narrative
  • Getting close
  • Talking to strangers
  • Building rapport with subjects
  • Conveying mood and emotion
  • Writing good captions
  • Metadata
  • Basic toning and post-processing workflow
  • Photojournalism nuts and bolts

About William:

William Snyder, a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, has traveled many miles and covered a myriad of assignments. He began shooting photographs for The Gleaner in his hometown of Henderson, KY at the age of 14 and rode his bicycle to assignments or hitched a ride with his mother.

Snyder graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with highest honors and a BS in photography. He recently returned to RIT to teach and is the Chair of the Photojournalism program. Shortly after graduation, William began working for The Miami News in 1981 where he covered many of the city’s major news stories – riots, Miami Dolphins in the Super Bowl, Haitian boat people, and space shuttle launches.

In 1983 Snyder moved to The Dallas Morning News. In the 15 years he was a photographer at The News, he covered the first democratic elections in Haiti and Romania, the explosion of the Shuttle Challenger, the ’91 coup attempt in the Soviet Union, the re-unification of Germany, healthcare in the US federal prison system, hunger in Dallas, MLK streets across the US, AIDS orphans in Romania, AIDS in Uganda and Thailand, illegal immigration in Russia and the Czech Republic, cotton farmers in Nicaragua, seal hunting in Newfoundland, Summer Olympics in Barcelona and Atlanta, Winter Olympics in Calgary, Albertville and Nagano, two NCAA Final Fours, two Super Bowls, two Republican Conventions and the re-emergence of religion across Russia while traveling on the Trans-Siberian Railroad.





He has won four Pulitzer Prizes.

  • In 1989 Snyder and two colleagues were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism for their special section detailing how the National Transportation Safety Board conducts an investigation.
  • In 1991 Snyder was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for photographs depicting the inhumane treatment of orphans in Romania’s “home for the irrecoverables.”
  • In 1993 Snyder and a fellow photographer were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for their work at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics.
  • In 2006, as Director of Photography, Snyder guided The Dallas Morning News' staff to the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
He has also won numerous awards from The National Press Photographers Association, Associated Press Managing Editors, Society of Newspaper Design, Robert F. Kennedy Foundation, Dallas Press Club, The Texas Headliners, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the Olympic Photo Committee.


    Other honors include:

    Recruited as a lecturer for the Independent Journalism Foundation (Sponsored by NYT & Knight Ridder) in Romania & the Czech Republic.

    Lectured and taught at 20+ seminars and universities, including: Eddie Adams Workshop, Mountain Peoples Workshop, NPPA Flying Short Course and National Convention, Northern Short Course, Southern Short Course, Atlanta Seminar, SMU, Baylor U., Michigan U., RIT, Austin College & Savannah College of Art & Design.

    Twice nominated for CARE-Dallas Humanitarian Award.

    Chosen as Rochester Institute of Technology’s Outstanding Alumnus.

    Served on Pulitzer Prize Jury for Photography.

    Selected as the inaugural Dan Burke Fellow for the University of Michigan’s Professional Journalism Fellowship program where he studied   African-American history and Eastern European/Russian History.

    Produced “Eyes of The Storm”, 256-page book published by Taylor Trade featuring DMN photography. The profits were donated to hurricane victims.

    His freelance clients include Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, Computer Reseller, Allstate Insurance Co., New York Times Sunday Magazine, Pinnacle Sports Cards, USA Today, Visual Media, Inc. and The Who.

    What to expect

    You will be part of a journalist team, endeavoring to tell a variety of stories around a central event. Participants will  be encouraged to bring ideas to the group while also working individually to develop their own piece of the narrative. 

    Shoots will take place at different times of the day and night, with classroom instruction and critiques between assignments.

    Being located in a major city, not much travel will be required to go between the hotel and the fairgrounds. There is a wide variety of dining options and accommodations will be comfortable. We'll have a common room in the hotel where classroom and editorial sessions will take place.

    Some walking will be required in order to fully cover the events at the Fair. You'll be encouraged to interact with subjects to better tell their stories. All photos will require captions. 


    Cancellation Policy

    We rely on your attendance to make important arrangements, so if for any reason you need to withdraw from a workshop, please notify us in writing (email is acceptable) at least 45 days (Monday June 13, 2016) before the start of your workshop.

    In the event that a workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees will be refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 24 months. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.


    If for any reason you wish to transfer your workshop fee, please notify us by email. You must register and complete a new workshop within 24 months of the withdrawal. We reserve the right to accept or deny any transfer.

    There are no exceptions to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.

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