By Haley Bartlett, Editor-In-Chief-
Photo Night captures the world of photojournalism once again at UTC as the Communications Department hosts presentations from several renowned photographers on March 4 in the UC Auditorium.
The night will be put on by Billy Weeks and his Photojournalism II class and will include interviews of each presenter as well as a photo swap event where people can put up a signed photograph of theirs and take someone else’s.
Weeks has been a journalist for over 35 years and has returned to his alum university at UTC to advise the University Echo and lecture communication and works as an adjunct professor at Southern Adventists University.
Among his achievements, he gave a TEDX talk in 2016 over documentary photography and has traveled the country to cover assignments from World Series to villages in Central America and Asia, gaining several awards for his work covering poverty.
Kathleen Greeson, a photojournalist who has presented at photo night before will be returning once again. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree centered around photojournalism, she came to work for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Greeson has won many awards for her achievements and was nominated back in 2002 for a Pulitzer Prize.
Greeson said that photojournalism has shaped not only her career, but who she is.
“Photojournalism has not only defined my working career for the last 20 years but has become a part of who I am,” she said. “ It touches every part of my life.”
Mike Haskey, a visual journalist for Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia since 1987, will also be joining to share his work. He began working with hand-processing and hand-printing black and white images but now is a videographer. Alongside his video work, he continues to report and write articles when needed.
A professor from UTK in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media department will be in attendance. Rob Heller taught for five years at the University of Miami and later taught photography and did publications design in New York. He continues to do freelance work and has published a book of his photographs.
Heller said he grew up in a darkroom because his father delved into advanced amateur photography and that it has always been his identity. He said that if someone has a love for the field they will make it work.
“If you have a passion for photography, you’ll find a way to make it an important part of your life,” he said.
Among these talents, Erin O. Smith will be making an appearance to share her experience as a photojournalist and her recent move to the public relations field. Smith is an alumni of the University of Georgia but finished her last semester at UGA after accepting an internship with the Times Free Press. Recently Smith has transitioned into the PR field and also accepted a job at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for photography.
For more information about the presenters, join the department Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. to watch the photo stories and interviews.