306.36 VISUAL DOCUMENTARY PROJECT
The Ed Reinke Visual Documentary Grant
Boyd’s Station’s 306.36 Visual Documentary Project documents the people and culture inside the nearly three hundred square miles surrounding Harrison County, Kentucky.
One student documentary photographer is awarded the Ed Reinke Visual Documentary Grant annually for this rewarding twelve-week intensive documentary opportunity highlighted by amazing feedback from twelve prize-winning visual documentary photographers and various other notables in the photojournalism community.
Continuing in the documentary tradition of the Farm Security Administration pictorial project’s recording of American life between 1935 and 1944, the Boyd’s Station 306.36 Visual Documentary Project is dedicated in the memory of Ed Reinke, one of the finest documentary photographers ever to pick up a camera. Covering the world as a photographer for the Associated Press, Reinke was most passionate documenting the people and places of Kentucky while imparting his love and knowledge of the craft to countless numbers of future visual documentary photographers.
Harrison County, Kentucky, USA
READY TO APPLY, NOW WHAT?
After submitting a portfolio of up to 10 images via a tumblr application created by you and filling out the online application attaching a resume and personal statement, members of the Boyd’s Station’s 306.36 Visual Documentary Project selection committee will review all of the applicants following the submission deadline. The successful candidate will be announced in the weeks following the deadline.
IS THERE A FEE TO APPLY?
Yes, there is a $25 application fee to apply for the Boyd’s Station’s 306.36 Visual Documentary Project | Ed Reinke Fellowship. All application fees are considered tax free donations to Boyd’s Station, a Kentucky 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations of funds and “in-kind” goods are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permissible by law. All application fees are used exclusively to support the Boyd’s Station’s 306.36 project and the Ed Reinke Visual Documentary Fellowship at Boyd's Station.
WHAT ARE SOME KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS?
Candidates must be working towards a college degree. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, acute attention to detail, and the ability to work independently is most important. Familiarity with digital photography and file types is a must. Experience with Tumblr, Wordpress, Photoshop, Photo Mechanic and Photoshelter.com preferred. Previous visual documentary experience through former internships, college courses and/or work on school publications is a plus.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO LEARN?
That’s up to you. This program is geared towards documentary photography of the people and places of Harrison County, Kentucky. At the beginning of your program, we’ll ask you to write a brief outline of what you hope to accomplish – shoot awesome pictures of the people and culture of Harrison County, Kentucky, how to shoot the perfect environmental portrait, how to approach people to develop an in-depth documentary project or how to promote yourself and work in order to achieve successful documentary endeavors— and then we’ll help you along toward those goals.
The Boyd’s Station 306.36 project has a large community of successful documentary photographer friends who are the best in the world. What is the coolest thing about the Boyd’s Station 306.36 project and maybe one of the most unique things in any internship or fellowship in the photo world, each week for twelve weeks, you will have a one-on-on virtual critique of your portfolio and selected images from your work in Harrison County from one of The Boyd’s Station 306.36 project mentors. This weekly opportunity will be a unique experience between you and an accomplished professional to discuss your work or seek answers to questions on how to successfully navigate documentary photography paths in and out of people’s lives.
In addition to the twelve formal critique sessions during the program, The Boyd’s Station 306.36 project will work with you to also give you advice and feedback through other professionals throughout the twelve weeks who could best help you to achieve success towards mastering your stated goals.
FANCY WORDS BUT WHAT IS A VISUAL MENTOR?
You may need to sit down for this one. The Boyd’s Station 306.36 project mentors are a group of documentary photographers you will probably know by name or by their work in the photojournalism field. All of the visual mentors have been awarded the highest honors and awards in documentary photography and are considered to be among the best in the field.
Every week for twelve weeks, the Boyd’s Station 306.36 photographer will have a one on one virtual portfolio critique with a different acclaimed visual documentarian accommodated through online video chat. Each week’s critique will be edited for presentation and archived at www.boydsstation.org. Each of these one on one critiques will become a tremendous resource for not only the individual, but also, for others to view and learn.
In addition to the weekly critique with an award winning documentary photographer, there will be another Skype review with another renowned documentary photographer industry related mentor. This critique will not be as involved in the visuals but a guiding hand in helping the photographer with questions and lessons in preparing for a career in the documentary photography field.
WHAT WILL IT COST ME PERSONALLY DURING THE THREE-MONTH RESIDENCE?
The Boyd’s Station 306.36 project visual documentarian will be provided a rent-free furnished bedroom in a sponsored home in Boyd, Kentucky located in the northern portion of Harrison County during the three-month long residency. There is NO tuition required to participate in this program. Once you are accepted, you are responsible for travel expenses to Harrison County.
- The Boyd’s Station 306.36 project photographer will receive a weekly stipend.
- The Boyd’s Station 306.36 project photographer will receive a weekly fuel allowance.
- Free internet access will be provided by Boyd’s Station along with storage for all image files.
- Office workspace will be provided in Boyd, KY and additional working space will be available at the offices of the Name Here in Cynthiana, KY.
- You will be responsible for your own meals during the program.
- You will be responsible for your own photographic equipment and computer to shoot and edit during the program.
WHAT KIND OF HOURS WILL I BE WORKING?
The work hours are flexible and up to you. With some exceptions, you can pretty much set your own schedule. This is not a traditional internship where you work a shift and clock out. The Boyd’s Station 306.36 project program is a three-month footrace. Hopefully, a motivated candidate will realize what a unique opportunity it is to have 12-weeks of uninterrupted time to document a lively, rural American community well off the beaten path. This photographic opportunity is meant to be a three-month test of the participant’s endurance. The more time and work one invests will be rewarded with hopefully amazing work and beyond belief feedback and critique.
WHAT ABOUT COLLEGE CREDIT?
If you’re enrolled in a college that requires an internship/fellowship program, we are happy to cooperate with its needs in order to help you earn college credit for your experience here. Contact your school’s internship coordinator or supervisor for more details.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO BOYD’S STATION?
If you are selected for the residence, you will need the following:
- Reliable transportation
- Personal computer
- Personal and necessary photography equipment
WHO WILL MANAGE WHAT I DO?
The program is unique in that there will be no full time staff running the program from Boyd. This is why it is imperative that any candidate must be a self-starter and willing to develop and manage their own ideas or concepts successfully seeing those ideas into fruitful assignments. As important as making photographs, good or bad, by personally working through the assignment process developing story ideas and following leads to photo possibilities, the entire process will hopefully be another building block in one’s path to a successful career in documentary photography.
Jack Gruber, a staff photographer at USA TODAY based in McLean, VA who also has family roots in Harrison County dating back to the mid-1880’s, will be the Boyd’s Station 306.36 project photographer’s daily contact during the twelve-week program. Jack will be available anytime via phone to answer questions or offer advice to the photographer chosen for this program and he will be checking in periodically to see if he can help or offer assistance in any way.
Jack will make periodic visits to Harrison County to offer advice and guidance as well as pointing the photographer to resources and contacts in Harrison County.
Also, Jack and the Boyd’s Station 306.36 project will establish additional one on one professional contacts in the region, in addition to the weekly mentor critiques, including visits to meet with working photographers and editors at papers such as the Cincinnati Enquirer and Lexington Herald Leader.
WHO OWNS THE COPYRIGHT TO THE PHOTOS?
You do. One of the unique things about this residency program different from other internships will be any and all work shot by the photographer will be owned and copyright retained personally by you. The photographer has the right to market or sell any of the images for personal gain editorially and or commercially as long as the images sold commercially have proper documentation and release from subjects.
The artist agrees that artwork produced under the Boyd’s Station 306.36 project may be used in exhibits and for educational purposes by Boyd’s Station or by its nonprofit cooperating associations.
The photographer retains all copyrights associated with work produced under the Boyd’s Station 306.36 Project. Boyd’s Station, where possible, will identify the photographer as the creator of the image(s) on materials produced. Boyd’s Station materials will bear a copyright notice for the artist that will include the word “Copyright” or the copyright symbol (©), the artist’s name, and the year of first publication.
When the photographer reproduces the artwork for his/her own purposes, captioning or publication information must include the language: “This photographic work was produced under the 306.36 visual documentary project at Boyd’s Station.