The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • SIU photojournalism workshop here this weekend

  • They will not tell you to smile; they will not try to pose you. They will produce photos of Harrisburg residents that will be memorable.
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  • They will not tell you to smile; they will not try to pose you. They will produce photos of Harrisburg residents that will be memorable.
    Some 32 photojournalism students from SIU Carbondale have descended on Harrisburg and they have come out shooting.
    Friday morning at 6:30 a.m. Nicolas Galindo, 26, of Villa Park was documenting a "liars club" of senior citizens — all male — who meet most mornings at McDonalds.
    Galindo is pursuing a double major in English and photojournalism at SIU-C. This weekend his work will be critiqued by three Pulitzer Prize wining photographers and a nine faculty representatives from the SIU Photojournalism Department.
    Thursday evening Mark Dolan, a professor in the department at SIU, said, "The days when you could just shoot photos are over. You must be a communicator in a number of mediums. You have to know how to write, how to edit, how to shoot video and edit it."
    There will be 10 faculty members and two floating editors critiquing the students work as they plow through three days of intensive shooting in Harrisburg.
    Former Mayor Eric Gregg addressed the group Thursday evening at a pizza chow-down at Morello's Italian Restaurant.
    "This is a dream that took shape a year ago during the tornado aftermath. We got familiar with the SIU photojournalism staff and started planning a weekend project here in Harrisburg. Their book on the tornado aftermath was incredible.
    This will be a wonderful follow up," said Gregg.
    Titled simply, "A Weekend In Harrisburg" the goal is to document the current state of affairs in our city. If the quality is there, there may be funding for a book. "We are looking at 80 blank pages right now," said Dolan. "It all depends on the work they do."
    "ARE YOU HUNGRY?" asked David Grunfeld of the New Orleans Times Picayune.
    He told the students that he didn't want to see any of them hanging around the editing room when the light is good around dawn and sunset.
    Rooms high above the city in the Clearwave Building have been designated as the operations center for the project.
    Periodically the students will return to the center an download their work for a quick critique before going out again.
    "This is the second workshop I have attended," said Galindo at McDonalds Friday morning. "It's great experience. You learn whist photojournalism is all about. The faculty is really great. Pulitzer winners are impressive."
    Sponsors of the weekend project include: Morello's, Harrisburg Elks, Clearwave Communications, Bill Ghent Insurance, People's National Bank, Mackie's Pizza and Pleasant Valley Catering.
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