Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Remembering Jay Colton

For anyone who would like to give their condolences to the Colton Family, please send a card in lieu of flowers. Addresses below:

Jay's Family:
Moira and Christopher Colton
155 Chambers St. #5
New York, NY 10007

Jay's Mother:
Sanae Yamazaki Colton
45 East End Ave.Apt 10B
New York, NY 10028

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Eddie Adams Workshop to be Honored at 2010 Lucie Awards Gala at Lincoln Center

New York, NY -- The 8th annual Lucie Awards will honor The Eddie Adams Workshop at its Lincoln Center gala on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Hosted by the non-profit, charitable Lucie Foundation, the awards recognize photographers and organizations that have made significant contributions to the advancement of photography. This year, the Workshop will be presented with the Visionary Award.

Other honorees at this year's event in New York City include the photographers Tina Barney, Howard Bingham, James Drake, Graciela Iturbide, Lee Tanner and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Tickets are on sale at

In 1976, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams bought a defunct dairy farm in Jeffersonville, New York, with an idea of transforming the big rural property into a “foto farm.” What that meant wouldn't become clear for another two decades, when he and wife Alyssa Adams created Barnstorm: The Eddie Adams Workshop, an invitation-only, tuition-free boot camp for 100 young photographers taught by the top professionals in the field. Since 1988, the Workshop has been a transformative experience for those lucky enough to attend the annual four-day program, and some have gone on to win their own Pulitzers and return as faculty, treating the next generation of photojournalists to a unique forum for shooting, editing and learning.

Students are divided into 10 teams of 10, each guided by a professional photographer, editor and a researcher through their assignments in and around Jeffersonville, 20 minutes from the original Woodstock concert site, and two hours from Manhattan. Together, these teams of young photographers descend on the astonishingly diverse community, shooting amid the rich, fall colors on the surrounding birch and fir trees that will factor heavily into their pictures. By the end of the weekend, several students are awarded with one of many coveted scholarships, internships, editorial assignments and other career-boosting prizes.

Throughout the years, faculty and guest speakers have included some of the most esteemed names in photography: Gordon Parks, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Cornell Capa, Mary Ellen Mark, James Nachtwey, Platon, Hal Buell, James Colton, Kathy Ryan, Bill Eppridge, Eugene Richards, Nick Ut, Ralph Gibson, Jay Meisel and many others. The idea behind Barnstorm was to allow a new generation to meet these seasoned professionals, to exchange ideas, techniques and philosophies in the course of a single weekend, and maybe save some crucial time in their budding careers. It continues to operate with the active support of Nikon and other sponsors, keeping the Workshop alive in a difficult economy and an ever-shifting new media terrain.

That impulse is rooted in a shared commitment to picture journalism that Eddie Adams showed throughout his long career. Before his death at age 71 in 2004, Adams covered 13 wars, working for the Associated Press, Time and Parade, and enjoyed private portrait sessions with the likes of President Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood and Pope John Paul II. He witnessed the arrival of the Beatles in America and joined Fidel Castro at the Cuban leader's private fishing hole. But Adams is best known for one of the most notorious photographs of the Vietnam War, documenting the execution of a Viet Cong prisoner on the streets of Saigon in 1968 with a sudden bullet to the head. The picture was published around the world, won Adams a Pulitzer, and is said to have contributed to America's exit from the war.

That experience remained with him, and at the Workshop he established an annual tribute to six photojournalists killed in Vietnam, a solemn but ultimately joyous ceremony. It is one more vivid memory that students take away from the experience.

Now in its 23rd year, the Eddie Adams Workshop lives on under the direction of Alyssa Adams, currently deputy photo editor at TV Guide. Top professionals still come to share, mentoring students who are enrolled based entirely on the quality of their work, not on ability to pay. Little has changed at the farm since the very beginnings of Barnstorm, beyond the inevitable shift from slide film to digital over the last decade, and the absence of Eddie himself.

For more information about Barnstorm: The Eddie Addams Workshop, visit

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chip Somodevilla: WHNPA Political Portfolio of the Year

Barnstorm IX Alumni Chip Somodevilla won first place in the Political Portfolio category of WHNPA. Chip also served as team leader of the Orange Team at Barnstorm XVI in 2003.

Congrats to all the winners of this year's WHNPA contest!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Barnstorm XIX Alumna Katie Falkenberg wins WHNPA Portfolio of the Year

Congratulations are in order for Barnstorm XIX Alumna and frequent Black Team member Katie Falkenberg took home the top honors in the portfolio category at the White House News Photographer's Association Awards last weekend.

Monday, February 15, 2010

February 24: Workshop Happy Hour!

Mark your calendar! We'll be gathering at perennial Workshop haunt Drop Off Service on February 24, 6:30-9:30.

Drop Off Service is located at Avenue A and 13th Street in Manhattan's East Village. All are welcome!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Happy 20th, Photoshop!

Adobe wanted to let us know that...

February 19th 2010 marks the 20th Anniversary of Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe is getting together with the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) to celebrate the anniversary of the software that changed the face of photography and design forever.

The Photoshop 20th anniversary celebration on February 18th at 7:30 p.m. pst will be streamed LIVE and feature Photoshop luminaries including NAPP’s Scott Kelby, John Loiacono, Adobe Senior Vice President and General Manager, Creative Solutions Business Unit, NAPP Photoshop gurus Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski, Adobe Photoshop star Russell Brown, and other key members of the Adobe Photoshop team. This fun-filled night will feature a walk through Photoshop history, a glimpse into the future, and celebrates all things Photoshop.

It’s easy to attend! Sign up at, and come back to that page on February 18th at 7:30 p.m. pst for an amazing history-making night. We hope you can join us.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Know a great book or news story?

From the Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights...

Dear Friends,

Every year, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and RFK Journalism Awards recognize outstanding writing and reporting on issues that reflect Robert Kennedy's concerns, including human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world.

The Book and Journalism Awards are the RFK Center's longest-standing programs. The Book Award is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards an author can receive. The Journalism Awards program is the largest of its kind and one of the few in which winners are determined by their peers.

By honoring authors and journalists who cover social justice and human rights, we shine a light on these underreported issues and encourage in-depth reporting and writing that can expose, educate, inspire, and effect positive change.

We are approaching the deadline for nominations for the 2010 Book and Journalism Awards, and we need your help. If you know of an important work released in 2009 that covered a social justice or human rights issue, we want to hear about it.

Click here to learn about the 2010 Robert F. Kennedy Book and Journalism Awards, including how to submit an entry.

The deadline for entries is February 1. Submissions are judged by a panel of experienced journalists, authors, and editors. There are awards for student journalists as well as professionals.

Books, newspaper articles, TV news segments, radio series, web articles, photo essays, and editorial cartoons published, printed, or broadcast for the first time in 2009 are eligible.

Click here to learn more.

Thank you for your help.

Lynn Delaney