Victor J. Blue

Victor J. BlueVictor J. Blue is a New York based photojournalist. He has photographed in Central America since 2002, concentrating on social conflict in Guatemala, and has photographed stories and completed assignments in Afghanistan, Syria, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and India, and has documented news stories and social issues across the United States. He worked as a staff photographer at The Record in Stockton CA, and holds a Masters Degree in Visual Communication from Ohio University.

Through documentary photography he seeks to put a face on the defining issues of our day, and communicate something universal from the particular of individual lives and struggles. His photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Harpers Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Sports Illustrated, USAToday, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Mother Jones, The San Francisco Chronicle and on The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. He has shown photographs in exhibitions at the Powerhouse Gallery in New York City, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and at 111 Minna Gallery and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. His work has been supported by grants from the NPPA and Ohio University.

In 2012 and 2011 Parlay, his project on his Grandfather was awarded in the Pictures of the Year International Competition. In both 2010 and 2011 his work in Afghanistan was honored in the Pictures of the Year International Competition. In 2008 he was awarded a first place award in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism contest, and was a member of the team that won the Fairbanks Award for Public Service Reporting from the Associated Press News Executives Council for their project The War All Around Us.


Class description:

Dispatches is a writing and photography seminar for photojournalists interested in improving their written communication along with their shooting to help their photo projects resonate with new audiences.

Clear, descriptive and well-crafted writing can lend context and weight to photo projects.  How do photographers effectively incorporate their writing into their documentary photography practice?  How can different forms of writing-captions, dispatch, news writing, personal reflection, field notes, artist statments-enhance our visual communication?  Reading and writing assignments throughout the week will assist students in finding their personal approach.

In addition to completing a thoughtful series of photographs, students will formulate the writing approach to best complement their individual story.  This will be a time intensive class.