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Barnstorm XVIII

...The Legacy Continues

The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top professionals in photojournalism, along with 100 carefully selected students.

The Workshop's purpose is to create a forum in which an exchange of ideas, techniques, and philosophies can be exchanged between established members and newcomers of the profession of picture journalism. Barnstorm is tuition-free and is sponsored by Nikon, Inc.

Barnstorm alumni can be found throughout the world. They are Pulitzer Prize winners, World Press Photo winners, educators, photographers, and editors at publications throughout the country. Barnstorm alumni comprise a unique family, with one amazing shared experience. Most recently, Erika Schultz, a student at the 2004 Barnstorm, won the Alexia Foundation's Student Grant, and Gina LeVay, a 2003 Barnstorm Alumni, was named one of PDN's 30 Emerging Photographers.

Barnstorm XVIII will be held October 7-10, 2005 , in Jeffersonville , New York . All applications must be postmarked by May 9, 2005 , to be considered. One hundred students will be selected, based on the merits of their portfolio, from among the qualified applicants.

For more information and to submit an application, please visit

Although Eddie Adams is gone, his spirit lives on, and his legacy will continue through Barnstorm. SP&D recently asked some Barnstorm alumni to describe the dramatic impact the workshop has had on their careers to show those new to the profession some measure of its worth. Read on for what they had to say. . .

"I attended EAW XVI in 2003 with Leader Ruth Fremson, Editor Jim Wilson, and Producer Chris Ramirez, all from The New York Times (Chris freelances for them, Ruth is a staff photojournalist, and Jim was the photo editor at the time). Ruth made sure we didn't go hungry, drove us to and from assignments, and shared many of her experiences with us. Chris, a native upstate New Yorker, had directions, contacts, and story ideas all planned out from the moment we arrived on the farm. Jim looked through our daily takes, telling us what we did right, how we could improve, and inspired us to make better photos.

I am extremely grateful to Eddie Adams and his family, not only for the 16 years in which he volunteered his time, but also for all of the future Barnstorm workshops that Eddie's family--wife Alyssa, son August, and the hundreds of volunteers who were inspired by the workshop--are making sure will continue in his legacy. I hope to grow from a student of theirs to part of that family by volunteering on the Black Team, to help to continue the tradition.

Barnstorm is without a doubt the best workshop available, and the community of photographers that make up the workshop are the most caring, inspired, and inspiring group of photographers I could ever wish to know.

Matthew Apgar, Barnstorm XVI, 2003

Things have gone great with Reuters. I called them last week to talk about my assignments, and they said, "What are you doing right now?" The next thing I knew, they had me on an airplane shooting aerials of Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch. Over the next three days, I covered the whole news story from the airport to the county jail. It has definitely helped my career. Reuters now wants me to work at least a few assignments a month."

Max Morse, Barnstorm XVI, 2003

"I've got to tell you about one of the biggest highlights for me at the workshop. Joe Rosenthal sat down at my table for dinner and we were chatting. He told me not to get down on myself for the little screw ups. He said, 'don't get frustrated,' because he, himself, shot assignments with no film in his camera. He thought that was the funniest thing in the world. Imagine Joe Rosenthal shooting with no film. Joe is the greatest person for a young, fumbling student to meet. He's amazing!"

Jill Richards, Barnstorm XVI, 2003

I went to Barnstorm thinking I was good at what I do. I realized by seeing other participants' portfolios and so much excellent professional work that I was a far cry from where I needed to be to succeed in the industry. In order to succeed I had to work harder, shoot more, and be the best photographer I could possibly be no matter what the assignment is or who assigned it.

"Since Barnstorm, my portfolio is exponentially better and has managed to win Best Student Portfolio at both the World Press University Photojournalism Day and the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference. I regularly freelance for Associated Press and Reuters and have started working at a weekly newspaper here in Ventura while still in school.

"Without having attended the Eddie Adams Workshop, I would not be where I am today. My only regret is that I did not have the portfolio then that I have now because the contacts to be made at the event are unparalleled and the portfolio critiques cannot be matched."

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