Posts Tagged 'photojournalism'

Trading in My Purse for a Camera Bag: Lessons in Photography

By Carole Burns

The recent Platypus Workshop sponsored by the Diederich College of Communication taught me many things about video editing.  The piece that stuck with me, however, was something I had to learn on my own—I needed more experience with my equipment. My good friends Dan Johnson and Jennifer Janviere make beautiful pictures. They see stories in faces of individuals walking down the street or sitting in a doorway. I see similar stories in landscapes and nature. The big difference between Dan, Jen and me is the fact that their pictures could fill multiple art gallery walls. Mine are more suited for the external hard drive I’ve purchased.

Experience and knowledge can go hand in hand with photography. Of course, I know that just using my camera more will not improve the composition, it will assist me in knowing what aperture and shutter speed settings I should be using. Continue reading ‘Trading in My Purse for a Camera Bag: Lessons in Photography’

Vocation in a Vocation: On Photojournalism and Spirituality

By Jennifer Janviere

Father Doll, S.J., talks about approaching photography with compassion and empathy

Father Doll, S.J. talks about photographing land mine victims in Saravejo, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Photography isn’t a topic that most people closely associate with spirituality. As it turns out, however, the two have more in common than we might have ever imagined.

Father Don Doll, S.J. is living proof of the spiritual side of photojournalism. On a visit to Marquette University as part of the annual Mission Week celebration, Doll talked with students, faculty and friends of the Diederich College of Communication about his fascinating life’s work as both a Jesuit priest and photojournalist, something to which he referred as a “vocation in a vocation.”

Father Doll began his career as a photographer almost by accident, when he was a young Jesuit priest stationed on the Rosebud reservation among the Lakota Sioux. He learned to take photos out of necessity when tasked with developing marketing materials for the Native American tribe. He described the process as a struggle in the beginning, and talked about learning everything that he could about photography in those first few years. His hard work and dedication to the profession paid off, however, and soon Doll found himself teaching photography at Creighton University in Nebraska (where he still works today).

Doll’s work eventually broadened his reach from Native American culture to all parts of the globe. The experiences witnessed during his work with the Jesuit Refugee Service have provided the Jesuit priest with a first hand glimpse of both the beautiful and tragic nature of the human condition. Continue reading ‘Vocation in a Vocation: On Photojournalism and Spirituality’


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