Dear Reinke Family,

Thank you so much for taking the time and consideration with this. Personally, when I was first hired at USA TODAY in 2000, Ed imparted some pretty amazing advice to me just weeks after I began working at USA TODAY. I was way over my head and very naive and Ed's words were just the thing I needed to hear. His encouragement and advice outside of a media trailer at an event went a very long way in helping me in my career.

As you well know, many other people in this world of photojournalism have similar fond recollections.

That is why our first thoughts were of Ed when our nonprofit organization Boyd's Station started putting together the blocks to build a photography fellowship in Boyd, Kentucky aimed at giving photo students a great opportunity to photograph for an entire summer with no worries about housing, money and deadlines with weekly critiques from some of the top photographers in the world.

In an industry where photojournalism internships and other early career learning opportunities are disappearing everyday, we want to provide the opportunity for a student photographer to not only shoot but to have those amazing one-on-one interactions and encouragement from some of the most important names in photojournalism.

The 306.36 Program and the Ed Reinke Visual Documentary Fellowship will be part of the photojournalism endeavors at Boyd's Station along with future plans of hosting a number of photo industry related gatherings and workshops targeted to students and early career photojournalists.

Along with the the photography programs, Boyd's Station will soon be launching programs allowing various artists to apply to live and work in studio space and housing on the farms in Boyd for periods of three, six and twelve months all at no cost to the artist. We are calling this program the Place+Space Creative Residences at Boyd's Station.

Boyd's Station has a unique partnership with the Bell Family in Boyd allowing for use of the nearly 150 acre farm along the south fork of the Licking River including the former Boyd Bank and general store which are being renovated which will provide nearly 5,000 square feet of studio space along with other spaces around the farm and housing provided in homes remodeled and furnished in the small village of Boyd. Boyd's Station is also partnering with the historic Boyd Methodist Church built in 1899 for hosting future events.

In order to give you an overview of the plans, the information below will provide some of the basic information as well as the overall budget we are estimating for the project so you are totally informed and aware of our plans. 

If your family would allow us the honor of dedicating this fellowship in Ed's name, we would hope and welcome as much input and advice as you would like to contribute. We would want to do nothing that would cause your family any concern and would very much like for you to have a say in how we word any of the program descriptions or information and photographs in regards to how this reflects upon your family and the memory of Ed. As we move forward with the program, we would most importantly want to keep you informed of the sponsoring of the program, the application process, the candidates and the awarding of the fellowship.

The website that you are viewing this note now is the overall Boyd's Station website and is currently still under construction as we move forward. Again, so that you have a complete idea of our goals, you can navigate around this site and look at what is in place so far in order to have an overall impression of our plans. Just please remember as we finalize things, we will add content and images to fully update the site. We have taken the liberty of creating pages and info naming the program the Ed Reinke Visual Documentary Fellowship solely to show you how things might look if your family would consider allowing the fellowship to be named in memory of Ed.

All of the pages and content on these pages are not publicly viewable as of yet. Regarding the 306.36 Project and The Ed Reinke Visual Fellowship information, much of the information and photos are all just placeholders there in order for you to see the framework and idea of what we are planning. 

I understand how personal this must be for your family and we would absolutely understand if you would rather not take part. We completely understand and respect your wishes and wouldn't want to do anything in any way to make this an unpleasant experience.

We just appreciate your consideration and time.

Thank you so much!

Jack Gruber

 


The Ed Reinke Visual Documentary Fellowship and Boyd’s Station 306.36 Project

The Boyd’s Station 306.36 Project is a visual documentary program established to visually tell the stories of the people and culture within the nearly 306 square miles surrounding Harrison County, Kentucky.

The Ed Reinke Visual Documentary Fellowship is rewarded each year to a deserving student documentary photographer. That student photographer will take part in the fully funded twelve-week intensive documentary opportunity as the Boyd's Station 306.36 Project photographer with unprecedented access to honest and meaningful mentoring and critique each week from Pulitzer Prize winning photographers and other notable documentary photojournalists.

Following in the documentary tradition of the Farm Security Administration photograph pictorial project’s recording of American life between 1935 and 1944, the Boyd’s Station 306.36 Project will continue in those earlier footsteps to promote excellent documentary photography recording Harrison County life today for all to witness and see tomorrow.

By awarding the Ed Reinke Visual Documentary Fellowship each year, the Boyd's Station 306.36 Project’s mission is to create a photographic archive in time of the people and places of Harrison County located in the Bluegrass region of the state and formed in 1794 while also providing an unprecedented learning opportunity for an emerging documentary photographer.

 

Scope

The program will run for twelve weeks from May or June through August or September adjusting to the schedule of the Ed Reinke Fellow and their college program. Each week, an online Google Hangout session or similar online chat will be established between the Reinke Fellow and a professional photographer who has agreed to participate and offer words and advice and critique taking part as a visual mentor for the Boyd's Station 306.36 Program. 

By the end of the annual Ed Reinke Visual Documentary Fellowship, the photographer will have at least twelve different critiques from arguably some of the most talented documentary photographers in the field today.

Not only will these critique sessions be a valuable learning experience for the photographer but each critique session will be recorded and hosted online for others in the photojournalism community to view and learn from on the Boyd's Station website. 

 

306.36 PROJECT MENTORS

A partial list of Boyd's Station 306.36 visual mentors who have whole heartedly offered there experience and knowledge to the future success of the next generation of documentary photographers.

  • Doug Mills, NY Times, Staff Photographer
  • Todd Heisler, NY Times, Staff Photographer
  • Stephen Crowley, NY Times, Staff Photographer
  • Michael Williamson, Washington Post, Staff Photographer
  • Nikki Kahn, Washington Post, Staff Photographer
  • Deanne Fitzmaurice, San Francisco Chronicle, Former Staff Photographer & Founder, Thinktankphoto
  • Kathleen Hennessy, San Francisco Chronicle, Former Director of Photography
  • Adrees Latif, Reuters, Staff Photographer
  • Rick Loomis, LA Times, Staff Photographer
  • Scott Strazzante, San Francisco Chronicle, Staff Photographer & Chicago Tribune, Former Staff Photographer
  • Smiley Pool, Dallas Morning News, Staff Photographer
  • David Burnett, Contacts Press Images, Co-Founder
  • Paul Morse, George W. Bush White House Presidential Photographer & LA Times, Former Staff Photographer
  • Gary Landers, Cincinnati Enquirer, Former Staff Photographer
  • Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader, Staff Photographer
  • Chip Somodevilla, Staff Photographer, Getty Images
  • Joe Raedle, Staff Photographer, Getty Images
  • Brad Mangin, Freelance Photographer, Sports Illustrated & Co-Founder, Sportsshooter.com
  • David Butow, Photographer, REDUX
  • Allen Murabayashi, Co-Founder, Photoshelter.com
  • Robert Caplin, Freelance Photographer, NYC & Founder, Photobrigade.com
  • Luke Sharrett, Freelance Photographer & Western Kentucky University Graduate

 

The Budget

The basic cost estimate (chart below) to fully fund the 306.36 Project and Ed Reinke Visual Documentary Fellowship for one year which will provide fully furnished housing and all utilities along with providing the photographer with a generous stipend for both personal needs and fuel costs.

Boyd's Station Budget 2014

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PROJECT 306.36Feb. 2015

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2015 Proposed Budget

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OPERATION EXPENSES

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Expenses (PROJECT 306.36)Projected Monthly CostActual CostDifference3 Month Total

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Rent$500.00$0.00$0.00$1,500.00

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Photographer Stipend-Fuel$500.00$0.00$0.00$1,500.00

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Photographer Stipend-General$500.00$0.00$0.00$1,500.00

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Electricity-heat/cool$75.00$0.00$0.00$225.00

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Internet$50.00$0.00$0.00$150.00

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Phone$50.00$0.00$0.00$150.00

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Water$40.00$0.00$0.00$120.00

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Cable/TV$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00

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Photoshelter$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00

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Misc 1$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00

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Misc 2$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00

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Misc 3$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00

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Subtotals$1,715.00$0.00$0.00$5,145.00

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OPERATION INCOME

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Income Overall Projected Monthly ActualDifference3 Month Total

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Donations (individual)$250.00$0.00$0.00$750.00

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Donations (corporate)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00

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Grants $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00

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Crowdsource$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00

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5K Sponsorship 1$1,667.00$0.00$0.00$5,001.00

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5K Sponsorship 2$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00

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Subtotals$1,917.00$0.00$0.00$5,751.00

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TOTAL INCOME/EXPENSE -Project 306.36

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Monthly TotalsProjected MonthlyActualDifferenceYear Overall Total

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Project 306.36 Income$1,917.00$0.00$1,917.00$5,751.00

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Project 306.36 Expenses$1,715.00$0.00$1,715.00$5,145.00

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Balance Total$202.00$0.00$202.00$606.00

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Yearly TotalsProjected YearlyActualDifference

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Total Operational Income (2015)$5,751.00$0.00$5,751.00

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Total Operational Expenses (2015)$5,145.00$0.00$5,145.00

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Subtotals$606.00$0.00$606.00

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Balance$606.00

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Management OF Boyd's Station 306.36 Program

Jack Gruber, a staff photographer at USA TODAY based in McLean, VA, has family roots in Harrison County dating back to the mid-1880’s, and 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 awarded the Ed Reinke Visual Documentary Fellowship and he will be checking in periodically (if not daily) to see if he can help or offer assistance in any way.

Jack will make periodic visits to Harrison County during the 306.36 Project 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.

 

In Memory of Associated Press Photographer ED REINKE

The annual fellowship which is awarded to a deserving student photographer to take part in the Boyd's Station 306.36 Project is named in the honor and memory of award-winning Associated Press photojournalist and Kentuckian Ed Reinke who passed away in 2011 at the age of 60.

One of the finest documentary photographers ever to pick up a camera, Reinke not only covered the world as a photographer for the Associated Press but was most prolific documenting the people and places of Kentucky while imparting his love and knowledge of the craft to countless numbers of future visual documentary photographers.

 

Boyd's Station Overall Team Leadership

Established in 2014, Boyd’s Station - a Kentucky nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization - offers creative people a rural and serene environment to “live free and create” through various creative residence programs for periods of three months, six months or twelve months in which to pursue the artist’s individual craft without distractions in a supportive community of like artists seeking to create self-sustaining careers in the arts. 

The Boyd's Station overall mission is directed by the board of directors dedicated to making real opportunities for visual artists through the unique partnership with The Bell Family and The Farms of Boyd in Harrison County, Kentucky.

 

Boyd's Station TEAM

  • Jack Gruber, Founder, Boyd's Station and Staff Photographer, USA TODAY
  • Amy Gruber, Co-founder, Boyd's Station and Attorney
  • Greg Fortescue, Attorney, Supreme Court of California
  • Brad Mangin, Photographer and Co-founder, Sportsshooter.com
  • Grover Sanschagrin, Co-founder, Photoshelter and Sportsshooter.com & Founder, Tastetequila.com
  • Mary Withers, Life-long resident of Harrison County and Retired, U.S. Postal Service