Living On A Dollar A Day – Gallery Show by Renée C. Byer

The School of Journalism & Broadcasting is excited to announce the opening of a photographic and interactive exhibition that promises to change the way you look at the world.

Living On A Dollar A Day: The lives and faces of the world’s poor.
By Renée C Byer 

An interactive photographic exhibit that inspires people to create change with compassion, education and action.

For detailed information:

Thursday, February 16
Opening Reception: 6:00PM MMTH Atrium
Artist Lecture: 7:30PM MMTH Auditorium
(Lecture is a WKU “swipable” event)

MMTH Gallery and Atrium
February 16 – April 28
1666 Normal Drive on the WKU campus

Gallery Hours
Sunday  |  3:00PM – 9:00PM
Monday – Thursday  |  9:00AM – 9:00 PM
Friday  |  9:00AM – 5:00PM

Poster Print available for Renée C. Byer Gallery Opening and Lecture

In conjunction with tonight’s gallery opening and artist lecture by Renée C. Byer, the WKU student chapter of National Press Photographers Association is selling prints for $10 as a fundraiser.

Following this evening’s talk, Renée Byer will sign the poster print from her project about Living On A Dollar A Day: The lives and faces of the world’s poor.

The 13×19 poster printed on high quality photographic paper will only be available to people who reserve a print before 5 p.m. today Thursday Feb 16.

To reserve a print, email with your name and number of prints you would like to purchase and bring your $10 with you to pick up after the event. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email them to

Thursday, February 16 – Mass Media and Technology Hall
Opening Reception: 6:00PM MMTH Atrium
Artist Lecture: 7:30PM MMTH Auditorium

See you tonight!



WKU Journalism to Host Photography Gallery on the Civil War


Civil War enthusiasts, people interested in American History and photographers who want to explore the beginning of photojournalism will want to mark their calendars for later this month when an exhibit opens at Western Kentucky University featuring 3D images  in a multimedia environment as well as reproduction photographs from the Civil War era.

The gallery show opens Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 pm with a special sneak-peak and keynote presentation from Potter College Dean David Lee. The Wednesday presentation will be a WKU “swipe-able” event. This special event is free and open to the public.

The show will feature a collection of over 60 Civil War images looking at the portfolios of several well-known and some more obscure photographers as well as a re-creation of Matthew Brady’s 1862 New York City gallery  called “The Dead of Antietam”  documenting the Battle of Antietam. The Sept. 17, 1862, battle at Sharpsburg, Md., is known as the bloodiest single day in American military history.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs from Jan. 24 to March 29, excluding the week of March 11, in the university’s Mass Media and Technology Hall atrium and gallery between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. It is sponsored by Potter College, the School of Journalism and Broadcasting and the WKU History Department. 


John Moore of Getty Images to Speak at WKU

Photojournalist John Moore of Getty Images will be visiting Western Kentucky University on Monday, April 25 to discuss his recent work covering the uprisings in N.     Africa, including in Libya, Egypt and Bahrain.  In addition, Moore will honor the work and lives of his two colleagues Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington who were both killed last week while covering the news in Libya.

The event will be held in the Mass Media and Technology Hall on WKU campus at 7PM and is free and open to the public.



Operation Photo Rescue – Guest Speaker

Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting welcomes Operation Photo Rescue co-founder Dave Ellis as its first guest lecturer of the 2010-2011 school year on Wednesday, September 8 at 7:30 in the MMTH Auditorium.

Ellis, a director of photography at The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, VA, co-founded the non-profit Operation Photo Rescue after Hurricane Katrina to digitally repair personal photographs damaged in natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods. Since then, he and a staff of over 2000 of volunteers worldwide have repaired well over 5000 images.
From OPR’s website, “Insurance can replace homes, furniture and automobiles in time of need. However, photographs, which are important pieces of a family’s history, are unprotected. Operation Photo Rescue (OPR) is a volunteer network of professional photojournalists and amateur digital photographers, graphic designers, image restoration artists and others. OPR’s mission is to repair photographs damaged by unforeseen circumstances such as house fires and natural disasters at no cost to the people who own them.”
Ellis and a team of volunteers will be working in Nashville on Friday and Saturday, September 10-11 to repair photographs damaged in the floods from earlier in 2010.

Operation Photo Rescue: Galveston from Operation Photo Rescue on Vimeo.


Operation Photo Rescue to Send Volunteer Photo Restoration Team to Nashville, TN

Operation Photo Rescue (OPR), a global not-for-profit organization, is gathering a team of volunteers in Nashville, Tennessee to digitally copy family photos damaged during recent flooding.

Hosted by Belmont University, the OPR team will set up operations at the University Ministries office at 1900 Belmont Blvd on Friday September 10 and Saturday September 11, 2010. Hours of operation Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Any Nashville residents with photos damaged during 2010 flooding may bring in 20 images to be restored free of charge. Those images that can be repaired will be digitally copied and later restored, printed and mailed back to the image owners at no cost.

On Friday, guests will find reserved parking on the 6th floor of the Curb Event Center parking garage. On Saturday, guests are welcome to park in any lot on campus. Guests who need assistance may call 615-460-6617 for an officer to give them a ride from their vehicle to Universities Ministries. University Ministries is located between the cafeteria and the Hitch Science Building. (See #22 and 26 on the map). These locations can be found on this map

Since OPR was founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in January 2006, the organization has grown into a network of over 2,000 volunteers. Volunteers come from all 50 states and from 49 other countries. OPR volunteers have restored and returned over 6,000 damaged photos to date for victims of hurricanes, floods, wildfires and other disasters.

“We’ve had an unbelievable outpouring of support from volunteers who have joined our cause from all over the world,” Dave Ellis said, Co-Founder of Operation Photo Rescue. “What started out as two people trying to make a small difference has turned into a global effort that has helped more people than we ever thought possible.”

When disaster strikes, people often try desperately to retrieve their family photos, Ellis said.

“Insurance doesn’t replace memories,” he said, “but we do.”

For additional information:

Contact: Greg Pillon, Office of Communications, Belmont University at (615) 460-6645,


Margie Hayes, Operation Photo Rescue President
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WKUPJ majors meeting scheduled

Hi folks – and welcome back to another exciting year at WKU! We just want everyone to know that we will have our annual photojournalist majors meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 8:00 pm in MMTH rm 166 (Auditorium). If you are a new student here at Western and you are seeking photojournalism as a degree you should definitely attend this meeting. If you are undecided and you think photojournalism might be for you then you should attend this meeting. If you are a grizzled veteran of this program you should attend this meeting. As always, we have MARVELOUS door prizes and we might even be done before 10 pm!

David Hume Kennerly to speak at WKU March 17

The School of Journalism and Broadcasting, through the generous contribution of Canon Inc., is bringing in internationally acclaimed photographer David Hume Kennerly on Wednesday, March 17, to give a presentation about his work and career that has spanned four decades. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Mass Media and Technology Hall auditorium. This is free and open to everyone, faculty, staff, and students, and anyone else you would like to invite!

James Earl Jones said, “David Hume Kennerly is like Forrest Gump, except he was really there.”

Kennerly has been shooting on the front lines of history for more than 40 years. He has photographed eight wars, as many U.S. presidents, and he has traveled to dozens of countries along the way. At 25, the Roseburg, Oregon, native won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for his photographs of the Vietnam War, and two years later was appointed President Gerald R. Ford¹s personal photographer. He has been presented with numerous other honors, among them the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award for “Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad,” for his coverage of Reagan and Gorbachev¹s historic first summit meeting in Geneva. He was named, “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo Magazine.

Kennerly was nominated for a Primetime Emmy as executive producer of NBC’s, “The Taking of Flight 847,” and was writer and Executive Producer of a two-hour NBC pilot, “Shooter,” starring Helen Hunt, based on his Vietnam experiences. “Shooter” won the Emmy for “Outstanding Cinematography.” He is executive producer of the recent documentary, “Portraits of a Lady,” starring former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, which made the short list of films eligible for the 2008 Academy Award nominations.

Kennerly has been on the masthead of Time magazine, John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s George magazine, Life Magazine, and was a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine for 10 years. He has more than 50 major magazine covers to his credit. He has published several books of his work: “Shooter,” “Photo Op,” “Seinoff: The Final Days of Seinfeld,” “Photo du Jour,” and “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford.” Most recently he produced “Barack Obama: The Official Inaugural Book,” with Bob McNeely, who was President Clinton’s official White House photographer. He also provided someexclusive behind-the-scenes photographs of President Obama for the project.

An exhibition of photographs from the book was mounted in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., that was seen by more than a million people.

Kennerly is on the Board of Trustees of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation and the Atlanta Board of Visitors of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). His archive is housed at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas, Austin. He recently directed a commercial starring former mayor Ed Koch shot for New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Kennerly has started The Kennerly Institute, in conjunction with the USC Annenberg Center for Communication & Policy. It will run from June 20-25 at the USC campus in Los Angeles.

Portrait photographer Gregory Heisler to speak at WKU’s Mass Media and Technology Hall.

heisler_posterGregory Heisler, us a New York-based photographer who is renowned for his technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness. His enthusiasm, curiosity, and drive are manifested in his hands-on approach to all aspects of the image making process.

His iconic portraits and innovative essays have often graced the covers and pages of many magazines, including Time, Life, Geo, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times Magazine. He has also photographed advertising campaigns for clients such as American Express, Merrill Lynch and Nike.

Heisler will be speaking at Mass Media and Technology Hall at Western Kentucky University on Thursday April 9th at 8:30pm. He is sponsored by Canon USA.

Lexington Herald-Leader photojournalist visits WKU Photojournalism Projects class.


David Stephenson, a WKU photojournalism graduate, spoke to the Photojournalism Projects class on Thursday, February 19. Stephenson, last years POYi winner of the best multimedia project, shared his knowledge and expertise of a working photojournalist at the Lexington Herald-Leader. He also spent a great deal of time discussing the pros and cons of Canon’s 5D MarkII camera. He presented his latest project, Road to Recovery, to the two classes.

Photo by Tim Broekema

Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist to spend week at WKU.


The Western Kentucky University School of Journalism & Broadcasting is pleased to present the 2009 Gaines Lecture, “World in Conflict” by Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Rick Loomis. He will be presenting his work to the public Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 7:30 pm at Mass Media and Technology Hall auditorium. Admission is free.

Rick Loomis is a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times where he has worked poster_loomis2 since graduating from Western Kentucky University in 1994. He served as an embedded photojournalist during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Haiti, Israel and Palestine. In 2007, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his work on a five part series, Altered Oceans, which delved into the ills of the world’s oceans.

The National Press Photographers Association recognized Loomis as Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2003. Also in 2003 and 2004, The California Press Photographers Association acknowledged him as Photographer of the Year.

Before joining the Times, Loomis completed internships at the News-Sentinel (Ft. Wayne, In.), the Gazette (Colorado Springs, Co.), the Seattle Times and the Syracuse newspapers.

The Gaines Lecture Series began in 2004 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Park City Daily News, the local newspaper owned by the Gaines family of Bowling Green. For more information contact the Chair of the Gaines Lecture Series, Jeanine Howard-Cherry at (270) 745-8921 or

Photo by Rick Loomis/LA Times