Take a Workshop With Pulitzer Prize Winning Photo Journalists

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(South Vietnamese National Police Chief Brig Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a single pistol shot in the head in Saigon, Vietnam on Feb. 1, 1968. The photo won a Pulitzer for photojournalist Eddie Adams. AP (FILE))

In 1968 Eddie Adams took this iconic picture during the Vietnam War. It was so iconic, that it won him the 1969 Pulitzer prize. Eddie and his wife Alyssa Adams used to talk about creating an opportunity for news photographers to gather and to share stories and learn from each other and in 1988 they created their first workshop.

Eddie passed away in 2004, but The Eddie Adams Workshop is still going strong in its 30th year. It's a free, intensive four-day-long, workshop located in Jeffersonville, New York for 100 photography professionals who are chosen based on their previous work and portfolios.

These photojournalists are exactly that. Their images speak volumes without a caption or a story. They often juxtapose the worst of humanity and the best in the same image. Oftentimes these photos are taken by amateurs with nothing more than natural talent who happen to be in the right place at the right time.

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(Kent state - Mary Ann Vecchio cries out as she kneels over Jeffrey Miller, a student fatally wounded by a National Guardsman's bullet, at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, May 4, 1970)

In a profile on the workshop for CBS news, Maurice DuBois writes: 

Instructor John Filo is proof that you don't have to be a seasoned photographer to win a Pulitzer. He was a 21-year-old journalism major on May 4, 1970, when he photographed anti-Vietnam War demonstrations on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio. Filo saw students throwing rocks at National Guardsmen, who dropped to one knee and raised their rifles.
"I remember seeing pictures. I don't remember taking them," Filo said. "I can't remember clicking the camera, to this day!"
DuBois asked, "What's coming out of the rifles?"
"I'm thinking blanks. I mean, I thought it was a scare tactic. And as I'm about to shoot the picture, this bullet goes through this metal sculpture, sort of in my line of sight, and hits the tree right next to me. Everyone's still on the ground. And then you see this body on the street, on the asphalt, and it's like someone tipped over a bucket of blood. And I noticed this girl that ran up and knelt down beside him. As I moved closer, she just sort of let out with the scream and I think I shot one more frame. And then I went, and that was it."

For more information on the Eddie Adamas workshop please visit their website at http://www.eddieadamsworkshop.com/

Source: CBS NEWS