Military Visual Journalism

February 13 – March 8, 2012
Community Darkrooms Gallery
Reception: Thurs, Feb 23, 5-7pm

This exhibition features the work of ten photographers enrolled in the Newhouse Military Photojournalism Program: Ryan Courtade (USN), Christopher Lee Griffin (USAF), Venessa Hernandez (USA), Brian A. Lautenslager (USMC), Andrew J. Lee (USAF), Efrén López (USAF), Manuel J. Martinez (USAF), Kyle T. Ramirez (USMC), Justin Stumberg (USN), and Bobby J. Yarbrough (USMC).

Guest curated by Efrén López.

Born in Guatemala, Efren Lopez is a student in the Military Photojournalism Program in Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He is also an aerial photographer for the U.S. Air Force and the first reservist to be selected to attend Newhouse’s Military Photojournalism Program. He now lives in Arizona.

About the Military Visual Journalism Program at Syracuse University:

The Newhouse School is home to two Department of Defense sponsored programs which teach active-duty military personnel photojournalism and broadcast journalism. The Military Photojournalism (MPJ) and Military Motion Media (MMM) programs consist of students from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force. These enlisted service members have been serving as mass communication specialists, combat photographers and military journalists. They come to the school for ten months to learn how to become better storytellers.

While at Newhouse, MPJ and MMM students earn 30 credit hours. Military students arrive in August for an intensive English and grammar refresher. Following this two-week course, students attend a one week workshop on photography before they begin classes in the regular semester. While most classes taken by MPJ and MMM students are exclusively for the 16 students in each program, for one class each semester the students are mixed with our regular student population for communication classes.