WASHINGTON (June 29, 2004)—Four National Geographic photographers will give 14 District of Columbia public high school students a unique opportunity to look at their city in a new way during PHOTO CAMP 2004. From July 6-21, the students will fan out across the city as they shoot, edit and design a portrait of Adams Morgan, “Zip Code 20009,” based on National Geographic magazine’s monthly ZipUSA feature.
National Geographic Contributing Photographers-in-Residence Sam Abell, Annie Griffiths Belt and Emory Kristof and photographer Amy Toensing will brief the students on photographic equipment and technique, accompany them on their weekly assignments and critique their work. National Geographic designers and photo editors from the Society’s magazines will guide the students through the process of creating a story.
“Our photographers are thrilled to be able to help mentor a new generation of photographers,” said Sarah Laskin, National Geographic vice president for public programs. “The program gives young adults the opportunity to see the world in a different way — through the lens.”
The National Geographic Society Education Foundation, whose mission is to “prepare children to embrace a diverse world, succeed in a global economy and steward the planet’s resources,” has joined with the Contributing Photographers-in-Residence program to sponsor PHOTO CAMP 2004. The camp is part of LEAP (Learning, Employment, Adventure Program), an intern program sponsored by the Education Foundation as part of the Foundation’s continued commitment to being an integral part of the community by enriching the lives of students through meaningful employment.
PHOTO CAMP 2004 is also sponsored by VisionWorkshops of Annapolis, Md. Cameras have been donated by Nikon; film has been donated by Kodak. The PHOTO CAMP program debuted in Washington, D.C., last year. PHOTO CAMPS were held in New York and San Francisco earlier this year.
The National Geographic Contributing Photographers-in-Residence program was established in 2001 to showcase and support the work of some of the world’s preeminent photojournalists. The contributing photographers take part in projects like PHOTO CAMP 2004 in tandem with their ongoing work in photojournalism, lecturing and exhibiting their images internationally.