Photojournalism Workshop w/ Pulitzer Winner William Snyder | Aug 1-4, 2019


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  • Photojournalism Workshop with Pulitzer Prize Winner William Snyder

    Join Leica Store Miami 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.

    This workshop is designed to help you develop photo narratives and storytelling techniques that you can carry forward in your own photography. With William Snyder as your guide, you 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 and some group, that will help you bring your story to life.

    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 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.

    Topics covered during this workshop

    • Layering and optimal composition for documentary photography
    • Storytelling techniques
    • Developing a photo narrative
    • Getting close
    • Talking to strangers
    • Building rapport with subjects
    • Conveying mood and emotion
    • Writing good captions
    • Metadata
    • Photojournalism nuts and bolts

  • Dates:

    Thursday, August 1 - Sunday, August 4, 2019




    Columbus, Ohio - *we will obtain a group hotel rate in a downtown location. The fairgrounds are about 12 minutes away by car.


    Limited to 8 attendees

    Included in the cost of the trip:

    • Photographic instruction by William Snyder
    • Group dinner 
    • Daily admission to the Ohio State Fair
    • Camera tricks and tips by a Leica Specialist
    • Loaner Leica cameras and lenses (limited availability)

    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. 

    Signing Up:

    To sign up for this workshop, checkout here on our website, email us or call 305-921-4433. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

    General Itinerary (schedule may vary depending on weather):

    Thursday, August 1st

    • 9:30am - Introductions, workshop overview and classroom lecture 
    • Shooting for your story at the Ohio State Fair
    • Review and critique session
    • Group Dinner

    Friday, August 2nd

    • Classroom lecture 
    • Shooting for your story at the Ohio State Fair
    • Review and critique session

    Saturday, August 3rd

    • Classroom lecture 
    • Shooting for your story at the Ohio State Fair
    • Review and critique session

      Sunday, August 4th

      • Final Review Session
      • Departures

        Class Size: Limited to 8 attendees

        Signing Up:

        To sign up for our Photojournalism Workshop, checkout here on our website, email us or call 305-921-4433. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

      • 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.

        Four-time Pulitzer Prize recipient:

        • 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.
      • Payment

        Withdrawal and Refund Policy

        Enrollment is limited to 8 participants, and once you sign up, we are counting on your attendance. If you need to withdraw from this workshop, please notify us in writing (email is acceptable) as soon as possible. This is our refund policy:

        If you cancel and we find someone to fill your seat, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $250 service charge. If you cancel and we cannot find someone to fill your seat, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule:

        At least 60 days before the start of the workshop: Full refund minus $250 service fee.
        Between 59 and 45 days before the start of the workshop: 75% refund
        Between 44 and 30 days before the start of the workshop: 50% refund
        Less than 30 days from the start of the workshop: No refund

        Course Cancellation and Other Terms

        Leica Store Miami reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.
        In the event that this workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits will be refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 24 months.

        In the unlikely event of illness, accident or injury to one of the instructors, Leica Store Miami reserves the right to replace that instructor with a comparable instructor.

        Travel Insurance

        Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or personal emergencies so we highly recommend that you purchase travel Insurance. Companies like Travelex and Allianz Global Assistance are reputable but you can choose any vendor you like. Just make sure that they have an A+ rating from the BBB. Travel insurance generally costs 5-7% of your total trip cost. 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 deposit, 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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