Future Backpack Journalists?

SILVER SPRING, MD, 21 September 2010 — Rachel Ellis, a student in my “Photojournalism and Social Documentary” class at American University’s School of Communication, aims her camera during a field trip to the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in downtown Silver Spring, MD. Another student, Sareen Hairabedian, is in the background.

I teach photojournalism as either an end unto itself or as a step in the progression from still images to images that move and that have sound, i.e., film and video. And the methodology of backpack journalism is built more on the foundation of still photojournalism, than it is on the foundation of television news reporting. Because of that, you may be looking at some of tomorrow’s backpack journalists.

Below, Solal Gaillard looks for a distinctive perspective on artists using a printing press.

(Photos by Bill Gentile)