1. David Castro on Photography

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    David Castro is the Founder and CEO of The Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD) which seeks to transform low-income areas by guiding local leaders to earn college degrees and inspire change. David’s work has been met with great success, and he has earned fellowships from Ashoka, Kellogg Foundation and the Eisenhower Foundation. Through his I-LEAD charter school in Reading, Pennsylvania, David collaborated with Threshold Collective and photographer Janice Levy to create curriculum which utilizes the power of photography to foster the critical values of integrity, self-awareness, empathy, and leadership. PhotoWings sat down with David at the 2014 Ashoka U Exchange at Brown University to discuss this intersection of photography and leadership.

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    • Sharing the power of photography around the world - Foundry Photojournalism Workshop: Guatemala

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      PhotoWings sat down with six of the esteemed instructors at the 2014 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop and asked them a simple question: What is it about photography that you find so powerful and important? They share heartfelt thoughts about their experiences and the work they have dedicated their lives to. Featuring: Ron Haviv, Photojournalist - www.ronhaviv.com Maggie Steber. Documentary Photographer - www.maggiesteber.com Andrea Bruce, Photojournalist - www.andreabruce.com Victor J. Blue, Photojournalist - www.victorblue.com Nacho Corbella, Visual Storyteller - www.nachocorbella.com Oscar Castillo, Photojournalist - www.eltestigo.net PhotoWings' mission is to highlight and help facilitate the power of photography to influence the world. We help photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen, and saved.

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      • Victor J. Blue - Career Evolution

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        Photojournalist Victor J Blue reflects on his early experiences with photography and describes his path from traveler and hobbyist to professional photojournalist. Victor J. Blue is a New York based photojournalist. He has photographed stories and completed assignments in Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, India and Afghanistan, and has documented news stories and social issues across the United States. He worked as a newspaper staff photographer at The Record in Stockton CA, and completed a Masters Degree in Visual Communication at Ohio University. Through documentary photography he works to put a face on the defining issues of our day, and communicate something universal from the particulars of individual lives. His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, US News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Mother Jones, The San Francisco Chronicle and on The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. He has shown photographs in solo exhibitions and in group shows at the Powerhouse Gallery in New York City, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and at 111 Minna Gallery and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. In both 2010 and 2011 his work in Afghanistan was honored in the Pictures of the Year International Competition, and in 2010 was the 2nd Place Photographer of the Year in the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association. In 2008 he was awarded a first place award in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism contest, and First, Second, and Award of Excellence awards in the SFBAPPA competition and was a member of the team that won the Fairbanks Award for Public Service Reporting from the Associated Press News Executives Council.

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        • Victor J. Blue - Guatemala

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          Photojournalist Victor J Blue discusses his long relationship with Guatemala, the first country he documented as a photojournalist, and his ongoing mission to use photography to aid in the struggle for human rights. Victor J. Blue is a New York based photojournalist. He has photographed stories and completed assignments in Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, India and Afghanistan, and has documented news stories and social issues across the United States. He worked as a newspaper staff photographer at The Record in Stockton CA, and completed a Masters Degree in Visual Communication at Ohio University. Through documentary photography he works to put a face on the defining issues of our day, and communicate something universal from the particulars of individual lives. His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, US News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Mother Jones, The San Francisco Chronicle and on The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. He has shown photographs in solo exhibitions and in group shows at the Powerhouse Gallery in New York City, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and at 111 Minna Gallery and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. In both 2010 and 2011 his work in Afghanistan was honored in the Pictures of the Year International Competition, and in 2010 was the 2nd Place Photographer of the Year in the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association. In 2008 he was awarded a first place award in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism contest, and First, Second, and Award of Excellence awards in the SFBAPPA competition and was a member of the team that won the Fairbanks Award for Public Service Reporting from the Associated Press News Executives Council.

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          • Victor J. Blue - Gauging Risk

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            For photojournalists working in dangerous situations, it's essential to remain vigilant. They must always pay careful attention to their surroundings and who they can trust. They must also learn to process extreme experiences in a healthy manner. Photojournalist Victor J Blue addresses discusses these issues and how he approaches them. Victor J. Blue is a New York based photojournalist. He has photographed stories and completed assignments in Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, India and Afghanistan, and has documented news stories and social issues across the United States. He worked as a newspaper staff photographer at The Record in Stockton CA, and completed a Masters Degree in Visual Communication at Ohio University. Through documentary photography he works to put a face on the defining issues of our day, and communicate something universal from the particulars of individual lives. His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, US News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Mother Jones, The San Francisco Chronicle and on The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. He has shown photographs in solo exhibitions and in group shows at the Powerhouse Gallery in New York City, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and at 111 Minna Gallery and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. In both 2010 and 2011 his work in Afghanistan was honored in the Pictures of the Year International Competition, and in 2010 was the 2nd Place Photographer of the Year in the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association. In 2008 he was awarded a first place award in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism contest, and First, Second, and Award of Excellence awards in the SFBAPPA competition and was a member of the team that won the Fairbanks Award for Public Service Reporting from the Associated Press News Executives Council.

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            • Victor J. Blue - Descriptive Writing

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              At the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, professional photographer and workshop instructor Victor J Blue pushed his class to improve their writing by focusing on detailed and imaginative prose. Victor J. Blue is a New York based photojournalist. He has photographed stories and completed assignments in Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, India and Afghanistan, and has documented news stories and social issues across the United States. He worked as a newspaper staff photographer at The Record in Stockton CA, and completed a Masters Degree in Visual Communication at Ohio University. Through documentary photography he works to put a face on the defining issues of our day, and communicate something universal from the particulars of individual lives. His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, US News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Mother Jones, The San Francisco Chronicle and on The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. He has shown photographs in solo exhibitions and in group shows at the Powerhouse Gallery in New York City, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and at 111 Minna Gallery and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. In both 2010 and 2011 his work in Afghanistan was honored in the Pictures of the Year International Competition, and in 2010 was the 2nd Place Photographer of the Year in the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association. In 2008 he was awarded a first place award in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism contest, and First, Second, and Award of Excellence awards in the SFBAPPA competition and was a member of the team that won the Fairbanks Award for Public Service Reporting from the Associated Press News Executives Council.

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              • Victor J. Blue - Observing, noticing, remembering

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                Photojournalist Victor Blue reflects on the development of his photographic process, the diverse body of work he has made, and the ways that writing has played a crucial role in his journey to become a visual storyteller. Victor J. Blue is a New York based photojournalist. He has photographed stories and completed assignments in Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, India and Afghanistan, and has documented news stories and social issues across the United States. He worked as a newspaper staff photographer at The Record in Stockton CA, and completed a Masters Degree in Visual Communication at Ohio University. Through documentary photography he works to put a face on the defining issues of our day, and communicate something universal from the particulars of individual lives. His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, US News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Mother Jones, The San Francisco Chronicle and on The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. He has shown photographs in solo exhibitions and in group shows at the Powerhouse Gallery in New York City, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and at 111 Minna Gallery and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. In both 2010 and 2011 his work in Afghanistan was honored in the Pictures of the Year International Competition, and in 2010 was the 2nd Place Photographer of the Year in the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association. In 2008 he was awarded a first place award in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism contest, and First, Second, and Award of Excellence awards in the SFBAPPA competition and was a member of the team that won the Fairbanks Award for Public Service Reporting from the Associated Press News Executives Council.

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                • Matt Black - Lessons in the Field

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                  PhotoWings spent the day with documentary photographer Matt Black in Firebaugh, California as he made images for his body of work in the Central Valley. While on location, he provided insights on his photographic philosophy and how he connects to the people, communities and landscapes that he encounters. He shared tips about critical thinking, resilience, and how to tell complex stories using photographs. Matt Black grew up in a small town in California's Central Valley, a rural agricultural area in the heart of the state. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Latin American and US Labor History. Matt's work has chronicled the decline of traditional farming life and the rise of its modern replacement in rural California and southern Mexico. Exploring the changing human relationship to land, food, farming, and community lies at the core of Matt's twin documentary projects The People of Clouds and The Kingdom of Dust. His work has been honored by the World Press Photo Foundation, the Alexia Foundation for World Peace, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, Pictures of the Year International, and others. www.mattblack.com

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                  • James Whitlow Delano - Lessons in the Field

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                    Prior to teaching at the 2014 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Antigua, Guatemala, award-winning reportage photographer James Whitlow Delano spent a day researching and documenting the lives and experiences of nearby village Santa Maria de Jesus. Specifically the complex issues of immigration, labor, and the lives of children. While on location, James shared some valuable insights: the philosophical and technical approaches he takes to photojournalism and bearing witness. Through high-contrast black and white film, Delano conjures a rich, silent beauty in his subjects. In 2012, he won the PX3 Award for his photo book, Black Tsunami. See more of James' photos at: www.jameswhitlowdelano.com James Whitlow Delano has lived in Asia for 20 years. His work has been awarded internationally: the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (from Columbia University and Life Magazine), Leica’s Oskar Barnack, Picture of the Year International, PDN and others. Delano’s series on Kabul’s drug detox and psychiatric hospital was awarded 1st place in the 2008 NPPA Best of Photojournalism competition for Best Picture Story. His first monograph book, “Empire: Impressions from China” and work from “Japan Mangaland” have shown at several Leica Galleries in Europe. “Empire” was the first ever one-person show of photography at La Triennale di Milano Museum of Art. “The Mercy Project / Inochi” his charity photo book for hospice received the PX3 Gold Award and the Award of Excellence from Communication Arts. His work has appeared in magazines and photo festivals on five continents from Visa Pour L’Image, Rencontres D’Arles; to Noorderlicht. PhotoWings' mission is to highlight and help facilitate the power of photography to influence the world. We help photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen, and saved. www.photowings.org

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                    • Ron Haviv: Earning trust and respecting subjects, Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2013

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                      Good journalists are experts in gaining trust from the communities they cover. Ron Haviv talks about the respectful tack he takes when approaching potential subjects, and the mindset he has when talking with these people. See more interviews with Foundry Workshop Instructors: photowings.org/foundry-photojournalism-workshop/ Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv has produced some of the most important images of conflict and other humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War. Haviv is a co-founder of the photo agency VII which is dedicated to documenting conflict, both violent and non-violent, to produce and unflinching record of the injustices created and experienced by people caught up in the events they describe. PhotoWings' mission is to highlight and help facilitate the power of photography to influence the world. We help photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen, and saved.

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