BOB SACHASTORYTELLING IN VAL D'ORCIA
Summer Workshop 2017 • July 30 – August 5
When photographers travel, we often try to look beyond the postcard view to dive deeper into a culture and the people, to catch a “sense of place” and try to capture the “feeling” of a place. But too often the thousands of pictures we shoot never come together in a story because they just sit on a hard drive at home.
In this workshop, we’ll spend a week with Bob Sacha, a former National Geographic photographer who has shot more than 15 stories for the magazine on assignment. A few years ago he moved on to adding sound to his still photographs and now he is creating new stories made from video, stills and sounds.
He was one of the first to explore the potential of multimedia technologies, putting video and stills together, and then ending up in video storytelling, shooting, directing and editing his own workand the work of others.Using different gear and different approaches, but one thing in his mind: telling a story though his vision
We will concentrate on visiting the villages that are part of the Vald’Orcia Park
Even before we arrive we’ll start thinking and communicating about a story or theme in the amazing and visually rich Val d’Orcia Park that we might be interested in following.
You’ll be free to work in any media, with any device, from your phone to a DSLR to a video camera and/or audio recorder to create a textured story that is a modern tale of a classic valley.
And we’ll spend some time putting these stories together while we’re on location in the place,so we can change and improve the story while we are still on the ground. The goal of the workshop is to produce a final presentation of the valley, where all the participants have contributed with their own interpretation.
Bob Sacha is a director, cinematographer, editor, teacher and photographer and, above all, a collaborator on visual journalism projects. In 2014 he shot the video for the Guardian U.S. team project that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a National Emmy for New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming, a Webby and the first gold medal ever given by the Society for News Design. He teamed up with Blue Chalk as the director of photography for the New York Times series, Living City, about New York’s infrastructure. BlindSight, a documentary short about a group of blind photographers that he directed and shot had its world premiere at DOCNYC the countries largest documentary festival.
Bob has also directed, produced, shot and edited nonfiction video stories for Al Jazeera America Online, Yahoo News, AudubonScience, Apple, the Asia Society, Starbucks, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Open Society Foundation, among other international clients. For several years he worked as a staff producer and editor
at MediaStorm, where his projects were nominated for three national news Emmys and won numerous awards including an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award.
Bob graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Syracuse University and is now a Tow Professor for Visual Journalism at the new City University of NY Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches the wildly popular Video Storytelling for the Web and videoLab classes. He also mentors students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on their interactive, hybrid and documentary film master’s projects. He’s lectured and taught workshops and classes at SVA, the International Center of Photography, and for National Geographic Expeditions.
Eight years ago, he leapfrogged into multimedia and film after winning a Knight Fellowship to Ohio University, where he studied web storytelling and documentary film and earned a master’s in visual communication.
In his past lives, Bob was a staff photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, a contributing photographer at LIFE magazine and National Geographic, where he shot more than 15 major stories, and a freelancer for more magazines than remain on newsstands. A few of his many, many clips, and prints for sale, can be seen at www.bobsacha.com