JEA High School Photography Portfolio Presentations

Have you ever walked into a room and felt as if you belonged?

I remember the first time I saw Mark Murray and Bradley Wilson. We attended a national convention for the Journalism Education Association. There were about six thousand other people, but I figured I would know these two for a long time. At that convention, Bradley asked if could help critique photography portfolios. The simple meeting led to the creation of a popular workshop that has informed photography portfolios.

Mark Murray photographs the audience before the portfolio presentation at a JEA national conference.

When Mark Murray and I created our workshop, photographers submitted prints on matte boards. At our first presentation in Nashville, I photocopied handouts from Pulitzer Prize winning photographer John Kaplan’s book  Photo Portfolio Success. (John granted permission and helped me prepare content.) I underestimated the size of our audience. We needed 125 more packets.


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Bradley Wilson prepares digital files for the second round of judging at the JEA national photo contest.

Eventually, Bradley Wilson moved all of the national contests to a digital format. Now we can judge half of the contests before we arrive and provide large group critiques to an entire audience. More photos from a few workshops and large group critiques are at the bottom of the post.

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Jim McNay helps more often than he realizes. If I need something, I just drop his name… or I ask him and he helps.  He is the first to help and the last to take credit. McNay helped me understand how to construct a portfolio and how to critique. McNay’s SportsShooter online portfolio critiques will be remembered in social media history instructional texts. He was (and still is) brilliant.

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