Amy Toensing is ready to guide photography students through a visual storytelling workshop experience. If you have a passion for photography and you have always wanted to learn how to shoot and edit your work to create engaging visual stories, this is the perfect March workshop for you. The emphasis in this class will be on storytelling, and the goal is for students to leave the workshop with a completed story narrative. These will be long days of shooting, editing and post-production starting at 8-9am and wrapping up a long day at 8-9pm. This course is for students at any level from beginning to intermediate and beyond.
Please note there are no refunds after 2/1.
Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people. Toensing has been a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine for over a decade and recently completed her fourteenth feature story for them. She has covered cultures around the world including the last cave dwelling tribe of Papua New Guinea, the Maori of New Zealand and the Kingdom of Tonga. She has also covered issues such as the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and Muslim women living in Western culture. For the last 3 years she has been documenting Aboriginal Australia which was published in the June, 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine. Toensing’s work has been exhibited throughout the world and recognized with numerous awards, including an exhibit at the 2012 Visa Pour L’image, Festival of the Photograph in Perpignan France. Her work has also appeared in Smithsonian, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler. A photograph she took in the Australian outback was chosen as one of National Geographic magazine’s all time 50 Best Photos. Toensing began her professional career in 1994 as a staff photographer at her hometown paper, The Valley News in New Hampshire. She then worked for The New York Times, Washington D.C. bureau covering the White House and Capitol Hill during the Clinton administration. In 1998, Toensing left D.C. to receive her Master’s Degree from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. In addition to her photojournalism work, Toensing is committed to teaching photography to kids and young adults in underserved communities. This includes working with the nonprofit organization Vision Workshops on numerous projects including teaching Somali and Sudanese refugees in Maine and Burmese refugees in Baltimore. Last year she traveled to Islamabad to teach young Pakistanis photojournalism and cover their own communities. Toensing lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with her husband Matt Moyer who is also a photojournalist.
Students should ideally bring their own 35 mm DSLR camera (with owner’s manual); however, there are a limited number of Canon t2i cameras and basic lenses available for students to use. Availability cannot be guaranteed. Students will also have access to computer labs and video editing software (Lightroom/Photoshop) during and after class hours. In order to bring digital copies of your recordings and edited work home with you, students are asked to bring a 500GB (or larger) external hard drive.