"Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I learn".
Guatemala Photography Workshop is a journey that encourages travelers, not tourists. We purposefully engage with the people and culture of each country. Learning from the host country enables us to travel responsibly, to be good ambassadors, and to be compassionate awesome photographers. Each trip is designed with our photography leading us into the paths of those to whom we can spread goodwill and kindness, thus leaving something positive behind.
Karen Kasmauski and Sherrlyn Borkgren will be leading the photography trip from October 30-November 8, 2018.
Lynn taught on our very first trip and will be coming back in future workshops.
Sherrlyn is a humanitarian photographer for international magazines, newspapers and online. She was honored with an Meritorious Service Award by the 1st Cavalry for her work in Iraq. The U.S. army in an unprecedented act also awarded Sherrlyn with two coins for bravery during her coverage of the Iraqi war.
She has covered news in the Middle East, Africa and Central America. As an international photojournalist she has worked with Newsweek, NBC, CNN, Agence France Presse, World Magazine, USA Today, Save the Children, and many more. Her love of Guatemala dates from the 10 years she spent as an international correspondent and bilingual investigative photojournalist there. Her teaching approach is always fun and far from the beaten path. She believes good photography starts with compassion for people and an open mind. Although she documented Guatemala's civil war, what brings her back are the majestic volcanoes, the Mayan lake villages, the artisans, and the escape from the 21st century. Laughter and spreading it around are a top priority.
Her photography graces the pages of magazines such as National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and Women of Vision. She has received a number of prestigious awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and World Press Awards. We could fill a page with her rewards, but one of the most outstanding things about Lynn is her ongoing role in kindness and attitude to make humanity better. She has taught at National Geographic workshops, Ohio University, and Syracuse University Newhouse Communications. She has traveled world wide working on sensitive photography assignments, and she is always awake, aware and ready to share her knowledge of making good photos with workshop friends.
Lynn works through her invisibility, compassion, and outrage. A regular in National Geographic, Johnson is known for shooting elusive subjects (language, disease, rape, water) and for asking tough questions. Her thesis as a Knight Fellow at Ohio University probed hate crimes; at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications she challenges master’s students to push past their own comfort levels. Dedicated to exploring the far reaches of the human condition, she spends maybe two months a year at home in Pittsburgh, packing that camera bag over and over.
Sharon will be leading an upcoming surprise trip. Watch for it
Sharon is an acclaimed visual storyteller and a two-time Emmy winner. She teaches video and storytelling and is renowned for her instructional skills. Sharon is an entertaining, informative guest-educator at national media conferences and has instructed a broad base of students. She has worked for American armed forces, radio, and television. She has a playful, light and compassionate soul that makes her approachable and loads of fun. Sharon will be teaching on an upcoming trip.