306.36 VISUAL DOCUMENTARY PROJECT

 

One student documentary photographer is awarded the Boyd’s Station’s 306.36 VISUAL DOCUMENTARY GRANT annually providing for a twelve week intensive documentary opportunity to photograph the people and culture inside the nearly three hundred square miles surrounding Harrison County, Kentucky.

Highlighted by weekly critique and commentary from twelve prize-winning visual documentary photographers in addition to other mentoring opportunities, the 306.36 Vis Doc Grant provides a unique one of a kind opportunity for emerging photojournalists to expand their skills and develop the tools to sustain a career in documentary photography.

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 Vis Doc Grant project works to create an archive of the people of Harrison County.

 

 

Harrison County, Kentucky, USA

WHY IS THE 306.36 VIS DOC GRANT A “FIRST CHOICE” OPPORTUNITY FOR EMERGING PHOTOJOURNALISTS?

  • Amazing opportunity for weekly detailed and in-depth critiques and commentary from photojournalism’s most talented photographers.

  • Innovative alternative to the traditional media internship opportunity allowing for an individual to explore and document while not be constrained by daily deadlines.

  • The critiques of work will be recorded and archived on the Boyd’s Station website and distributed via social media networks becoming a “must see” educational archive for a wide ranging audience to view and learn.

  • Exposure of the photographer’s work will be widely promoted and seen by top editors and photographers in the visual documentary community.

  • Immediate immersion into documenting Harrison County, Kentucky WITHOUT worry or time lost seeking and paying for housing during the program.

  • 100% copyright - Photographer owns the copyright to the photographs taken during the time in Harrison County.

  • The photographs taken become part of the larger historical archive documenting this single community and continuing for many years to come.

 

 

306.36 APPLICATION DEADLINE • COMING SOON

306.36 VISUAL DOCUMENTARY GRANT FAQ's

First, a candidate must complete the online application including a link to work examples (10 example max) and resume. Members of the Boyd’s Station’s 306.36 Visual Documentary Grant selection committee will review all of the applicants following the submission deadline. Application deadline to be announced soon. The successful candidate will be announced in the weeks following the deadline.

IS THERE A FEE TO APPLY?

There is NO fee to apply but a candidate must be a current student working towards a degree.

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 social media tools (Facebook Live & Google Hangouts) and social publishing is expected as well as knowledge with Photoshop, Photo Mechanic and Photoshelter.com will be a major plus. Previous visual documentary experience through former internships, college courses and/or work on school publications is a plus.

WHAT WILL A GRANT RECIPIENT LEARN?

This program is geared towards documentary photography of the people and places of Harrison County, Kentucky. At the beginning of the grant period, Boyd’s Station will ask the candidate to write a brief outline of what they 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 themselves and their work in order to achieve successful documentary endeavors— and then, Boyd’s Station will help the candidate along toward those stated goals.

The Boyd’s Station 306.36 Visual Documentary Grant has a large community of successful documentary photographer supporters who are the best in the world and are committed to seeing the grant recipient strive and succeed. What might be the most unique thing about the Boyd’s Station 306.36 Visual Documentary Grant is that each week of the twelve weeks in Harrison County, the grant recipient will have a one-on-on virtual critique of their portfolio and selected images from work in Harrison County with one of The Boyd’s Station 306.36 Vis Doc mentors. This weekly opportunity will be a unique experience between the photographer and an accomplished professional to discuss 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 one-on-one critique sessions during the grant program, The Boyd’s Station 306.36 Vis Doc program will work with the photographer to further give advice and feedback through various industry professionals throughout the twelve weeks who could best help the fellow to achieve success towards mastering their earlier stated hopes and goals.

FANCY WORDS BUT WHAT IS A VISUAL MENTOR?

The Boyd’s Station 306.36 Vis Doc Grant 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 Vis Doc Grant 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 additional Skype opportunities with renowned industry leaders. 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 ARE THE COSTS DURING THE THREE-MONTH GRANT PERIOD?

The Boyd’s Station 306.36 Vis Doc Grant recipient 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 grant period. There is NO tuition required.

Once awarded, the grant recipient will be responsible for travel expenses to Harrison County.

  • The Boyd’s Station 306.36 grant photographer will be provided FREE housing.
  • The Boyd’s Station 306.36 grant photographer will receive a weekly stipend.
  • The Boyd’s Station 306.36 grant 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.
  • Grant recipient will be responsible for their own meals during the program.
  • Grant recipient will be responsible for their own photographic equipment and computer to shoot and edit during the program.

WHAT KIND OF HOURS WILL THE PHOTOGRAPHER BE WORKING?

The grant period is a consecutive twelve weeks in duration scheduled anytime between the months of May and August. The grant photographer must commit to spending the duration of that 3-month time period working in Harrison County. The work hours are flexible and up to the grant recipient. With some exceptions, the photographer can and will set their own schedule. This is not a traditional internship where a photographer will work a shift and clock out. The Boyd’s Station 306.36 Vis Doc Grant is a three-month footrace. Hopefully, a motivated candidate will realize what a unique opportunity it is to have twelve weeks of uninterrupted time to document a lively, rural American community well off the beaten path. This documentary 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 the candidate is enrolled in a college that requires an internship/fellowship program, Boyd’s Station is happy to cooperate with its needs and requirements of the grant recipients school in order to help the photographer earn college credit for their experience during 306.36 Vis Doc Grant program.

WHAT DOES THE GRANT RECIPIENT NEED TO BRING TO HARRISON COUNTY?

If you are selected for the grant, you will need the following: 

  • Reliable transportation
  • Personal computer
  • Personal and necessary photography equipment
  • Personal insurance including auto and health recommend

WHO WILL MANAGE WHAT THE GRANT RECIPIENT DOES?

This grant is unique in that there will be no full time staff running the program directly from Harrison County. 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 a successful building block in one’s path to a 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 Vis Doc Grant 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 grant 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 Vis Doc program 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?

The PHOTOGRAPHER. One of the unique things about this grant program different from other traditional media internships will be any and all work shot by the photographer will be owned and copyright retained personally by that photographer. 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 306.36 Vis Doc Grant photographer, in addition to how the grant recipient determines personally how to archive the images produced during the grant period, agrees that images in total (selects and outtakes) produced during the Boyd’s Station 306.36 Vis Doc Grant will be gathered, stored and archived in a specific and exact manner determined and funded by Boyd’s Station. The complete collection of images produced during the grant period become part of the overall historical archive collection of the 306.36 Vis Doc Grant program and may be used in promotion, exhibits and for educational purposes by Boyd’s Station or by cooperating associations without compensation. Boyd’s Station agrees not to sell or provide images for commercial gain without the express consent and agreement of the grant photographer.