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National Geographic and Loyola bring Photo Camp to New Orleans

Loyola press release - October 19, 2007

(New Orleans)— In partnership with Loyola University’s School of Mass Communication, National Geographic magazine will hold a four-day photo camp in New Orleans from Friday, October 26, to Monday, October 29. The National Geographic photo camp inspires youth from underserved communities, to explore their communities through the camera's lens, and ultimately share their vision through public presentations and exhibitions.

Loyola photojournalism students will be acting as mentors and team leaders to 20 New Orleans Vietnamese-American students, ages 14 to 18, to assist them in documenting their lives and surroundings in their local community. This is the second year in a row that National Geographic photo camp has come to New Orleans in partnership with Loyola. In April 2006, the National Geographic selected 15 local high school students, armed them with cameras and photography basics, and let them loose to document their home after the storm. The slideshow, After the Disaster: A Look at New Orleans, was put on display at the Cabildo and is still viewable on the National Geographic website here.

The National Geographic photo camp, taught by world-class photojournalists and photo editors, is held about a dozen times a year in cities across the United States. Students are loaned cameras and encouraged to photographically document their community and write about their experiences. They will work with National Geographic’s professional editors, including Kurt Mutchler, former Times-Picayune photo editor, and an organizer of the camp; technical director Jim Webb; and renowned photojournalist David Burnett, whose photo essay on Katrina appeared in National Geographic in 2006. Their work will be edited into a slideshow and then shown to the public at Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans on the final day of the workshop. A large exhibit will be on display in New Orleans at a date to be announced.

The Loyola photojournalism students will serve as mentors and assist in the workshop. All are photojournalism students taught by Shawn M. Donnelley Professor of Nonprofit Communications Leslie Parr, Ph.D., who is the Journalism Sequence Head and director of the Shawn M. Donnelley Center for Nonprofit Communications. Times-Picayune photographer Kathy Anderson, who regularly speaks to Parr’s classes, is one of the coordinators of the camp and will present a slideshow of her own work.

Loyola’s School of Mass Communication is committed to educating highly competent media professionals who exemplify the finest qualities of a liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition.

For more information, please contact Leslie Parr at parr@loyno.edu or (504) 865-3649.