The Ahlhausers never expected the workshop to last this long. We have laughed about that, too. But the advisory board vowed to keep expenses low and have a workshop no matter the challenges. It exists out of the pure belief that visual editing is critical for journalism no matter if you are a photographer — independent or on staff — editor or designer and work exclusively in digital editing or print.
Ahlhauser envisioned digital photography long before most anyone. Even in the 1980s when he was my professor at Indiana University, he told us we would one day be editing remotely and read the news on screens. Gasp! So the advisory board has always felt committed to keeping the workshop relevant by adapting to change.
Randall Greenwell, the current director, who attended the workshop in 1996, says: “The Kalish Workshop was a real turning point for me. I was at the beginning of my career, and I had a rough outline of where I wanted to go, but that week in Milwaukee filled in many of the blanks. The knowledge, the connections and the friendships formed there guide me to this day.”
“Attendees in 2020 can look forward to a week of challenging exercises and discussions that will give them the tools to succeed in an ever-changing industry. Those exercises and discussions have evolved quite a bit since the early years at Marquette, but our core mission stays the same: excellence in visual editing and storytelling,” Greenwell continued.
“I'm humbled to be running the workshop that made such a huge difference for me,” Greenwell said. “And I can't wait to get to Rochester and start working with the next generation of visual leaders. See you in June!”
Plans are being laid to celebrate the 30th year of the workshop in June at RIT, which we hope will be a gathering for Kalishers past and present. Details for the workshop will be available in March at kalishworkshop.org. Applications may be submitted at any time, however. ■
Details for the upcoming workshop:
When: June 15 - 20, 2020
Where: Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
Applications due: March 1, 2020
Anniversary celebration: June 14, 2020; more info by March 1
Sue Morrow is the editor of News Photographer magazine. She was the director of The Kalish workshop 2011-2013 and currently serves on the advisory board. She will be at the workshop in June.
Information for the 30th anniversary celebration, application deadline and scholarships will be available at kalishworkshop.org by March 1, 2020.