Why this workshop works

By September 7, 2011Opinion

They came from Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, France and Canada. And most of the states.  This is the 2011 edition of the Sports Photography Workshop which is not unlike the other workshops in the Summit Series.

Now in the 28th year of workshops, their reputation as both unique and a cut above other photography workshops continues to grow.  And attracts participants from everywhere over the years.  Worldwide.

And the reason is the team teaching with large diverse faculties that are all experts in their own right, but people who are good teachers and willing to share not just expertise but enjoy working with the attendees.  They range from exceptional photographers to prestigious editors and administrators who are actually looking for talent at the workshops.

Over the years, attendees have found themselves later receiving assignments form major magazines, getting a book contract and even being booked for an exhibition in a major art museum.  And staying in touch with both faculty and attendees for months and years later.

So who has taught at the Summit Workshops over these 28 years?  With a faculty of six to 12 at each workshop, many of them repeat.  Here is a partial list of the contributors:

William Albert Allard,  Jim Stanfield, Jim Natchwey, Neil Leifer, Bill Allen, Bob Rosato, James Hill, Damian Strohmeyer, Kathy Ryan, Jodi Cobb, John Moore, Tom Mangelsen, Jay Maisel, Heinz Kleutmeier, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Tom Kennedy, Kent Koberstein,  Bill Eppridge, David Alan Harvey, Mary Ann Golon, Jack Dykinga, Dave Black, Keith Bellows, Dick Durrance II, George Steinmetz, Keith Ladzinski, Steve Fine, Ed Riddell, Mark Terrill, Vicki Goldberg, Dean Conger, James Balog, David Schonauer, Diana Walker, Richard Mackson, Jimmy Colton, Chris Johns, Joey Terrill, Jim Suger, David Friend, Kathy Moran, Michael “Nick” Nichols, Corey Rich, and workshop organizer, Rich Clarkson.

Jay Maisel, who as one of the nation’s high profile illustrative, advertising and editorial photographers and a teacher at many workshops over the years, says — the Summit Workshop is unique for the team of instructors creates a special atmosphere and learning experience.

Any attendee who has listened to exchanges between Maisel and Bill Allard in critique sessions appreciates that uniqueness — and the spirited disagreements over the projected student work.  “If you don’t agree with what one instructor says, you can get a second opinion.  Or a third . . .”

2011 Photo Credit Carroll Loyer

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