November 18, 2011

Picture Kentucky 2011: "Get that FI-YAAAA!"

The 8th annual Picture Kentucky workshop travelled to Breathitt County for a Photojournalism revival last week. Sixteen students scattered about the county looking for good photos and honing their storytelling skills.

PKY Co-founder Dave Labelle edits photos with his team before the final critique.

Coached by Kent State Professor and Workshop Co-Creator Dave Labelle, Indianapolis Star veteran photojournalist Matt Detrich, Lexington Native and Washington Post photographer Jahi Chikwendiu and Retired photo editor of the Chattanooga Free Press Billy Weeks. The experience brought many new faces to the world of documentary photography including many Kentucky Kernel writers and non-traditional photo students.

Ale-8 and a White Flash kept the students and staff fed for the week in Jackson.

Overall the workshop went great. In his third year workshop producer Kernel Photo Adviser David Stephenson has streamlined the operation and works diligently to find stories that have solid leads so when the students arrive they usually need to make contact and are on the ground running.

Before the final critique and multimedia presentation PKY 2011 Coach Jahi Chikwendiu delivered a sermon-like message on how to keep the faith when it comes to Photojournalism. Click the Play button below to hear Jahi's message.

Derek Poore produced a video of some of what it is like to be a participant at PKY and a fun behind-the-scenes.

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