Melville, NY—In line with its commitment to foster young talent, Canon USA is now a lead supporter of the esteemed Eddie Adams Workshop. The workshop is an annual program that offers a unique learning environment for young photojournalists. Subsequently, the collaboration cements Canon’s support of photojournalists.
The workshop honors and celebrates the legacy of Eddie Adams (June 12, 1933 – September 19, 2004). Adams was an accomplished photographer who spent years in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the Korean War as a combat photographer. Throughout his noble career, he worked alongside military personnel to uncover and document important news stories from around the world.
To acknowledge young photographers in the same space, Adams designated one spot for a military photographer during the second Eddie Adams Workshop in 1989. Furthermore, to help lead the workshop over the past 30 years, members of every branch of the U.S. military have attended or volunteered at the workshop.
“It is a true honor to support such a prestigious program like the Eddie Adams Workshop that empowers such enormous talent in the photojournalism and photography space,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president/general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon USA.
“Through the collaboration with Canon, the Eddie Adams Workshop gives budding photojournalists and photographers the opportunity to try a wide range of Canon professional cameras, lenses and accessories. This exposure to Canon’s superb digital imaging technology, along with the program’s unparalleled history of nurturing talent, exchanging ideas and building relationships, truly represents the embodiment of what our company stands for—an unwavering dedication to help people tap into their creativity to reach new heights of their potential.”
In addition, Canon will provide a prize of top-of-the-line professional Canon equipment suited for working photojournalists. The Eddie Adams Workshop administers the contest.
Eddie Adams Workshop
Since its inception in 1988, the Eddie Adams Workshop has helped shape the future of photojournalism by investing in students based on their demonstrated skills. The workshop is also known as Barnstorm, due to its location at a rustic upstate New York farm. What’s more, it continues as the only tuition-free forum of its kind, inviting 100 students specially selected from around the world based on the quality of their craft.
Many alumni of the program have garnered the industry’s most prestigious accolades. These honors include Pulitzer Prizes, World Press Photo awards, ICP Infinity Awards and more.
During the workshop, students are divided into teams; they are paired with a mentor photographer as well as an editor and researcher who assist them on assignments. Each day consists of hands-on activities; they consist of shooting and editing content, and presentations led by renowned photographers, who discuss personal experiences and careers.
The devotion of alumni is infinite; more than 40 former students return to assist in the evolution of the workshop in leadership, mentorship and speaker positions. They bring with them countless lessons learned in the field. Furthermore, they share not only their photographs but also their process with students at the workshop. The innovators themselves reflect industry changes in real time.
“We are so excited to bring Canon on as a lead supporter of this workshop. We are honored to partner with such a dedicated leader in the digital imaging technology space; one that believes so strongly in empowering today’s storytellers,” said Mirjam Evers, executive director, Eddie Adams Workshop. “Canon brings a new energy and invaluable knowledge to our program; we are so excited for the collaborations that lie ahead.”