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Ron Haviv is an award-winning photojournalist that has produced images of conflict and humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War. Haviv is also the co-founder of the photo agency VII which is dedicated to documenting conflict, both violent and non-violent, to produce an unflinching record of the injustices created and experienced by people caught up in the events they describe.
Ron is teaching a workshop about what it takes to work as a photojournalist. It will take place from June 17-23 at the Maine Media Workshops. You can register here.
Melissa Dubasik: Would you tell us about your upcoming workshop?
Ron Haviv: The workshop is an intense 5 day course designed to help develop a personal style of photography. By combining a shooting assignment, class edits and one on one time, the photographer’s vision will rise to the next level. In addition we will discuss the business of photography – how to get to places and how to get your work published and seen among many other things.
MD: Why and/or how you have come to focus on documentary work?
RH: To be able to tell stories with images whether it’s in your own back yard or across the ocean is an amazing way to spend your life. Understanding the work that photographers do can have an affect on the world is something that keeps one motivated to working every day.
MD: Is this workshop geared more towards being creative or improving one’s technical skills? Or both?
RH: The workshop emphasizes the visual voice above all else but having the technical skills is something that everyone needs.
MD: What differentiates this workshop from others?
RH: This workshop is designed to get the photographer to the next level by learning from my experiences in the field.
MD: I’d love to get a little background on why you host workshops and what you hope others will get out of them?
RH: I’ve always seen the world of photojournalists as always being concerned with the next generation. You see it in the field all the time with the more experienced people helping the newer ones. This workshop is in the same spirit but benefits from being together in an intense environment where we are all focused on becoming better.
MD: What are some of the unexpected benefits one might get from attending this workshop?
RH: Many people thinking about being or starting out as a photojournalist feel it’s an impossible task. We will demystify the world and show a path that will allow you to make photography a part of your life.
MD: What are the most important things for the attendees to realize when they participate in a workshop, to help them get the most out of the experience?
RH: To come open and ready to learn. All else will follow.
MD: Was attending workshops instrumental to help you become the photographer that you are now? If so, how did they do that?
RH: I never took a workshop and had I taken one like this a lot of wasted time and mistakes that I’ve made would have been avoided.