Professor Robert Heller leads students on 25th Eyes on LaFollette workshop
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Eyes on LaFollette. Helmed by Professor Robert Heller, what began as a brief excursion for photojournalism students in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media has since become a monumental documentary effort, with more than 100,000 photographs cataloging both change and tradition in the quiet East Tennessee town.
Eyes takes students more than an hour away from campus to LaFollette, allowing them to spend a weekend working as real photojournalists – chasing stories, interviewing locals, and using the photography skills they have learned in the semester leading up to their trip.
Alumnus magazine features Eyes on LaFollette
The 2014 winter issue of Alumnus magazine celebrates the 20th anniversary of Eyes on LaFollette with a cover story written by JEM’s Alex Cate.
State museum to show student photography
Eyes on LaFollette, the small town documentary project undertaken by advanced photojournalism students each year, celebrated its 20th anniversary this spring. However, the celebration isn’t over just yet.
The Tennessee State Museum announced it will host an exhibit featuring photographs from the project October through December 2014 in Nashville. Photojournalism professor Rob Heller will help curate the exhibition.
“It’s not often that students get to display their work in front of such a large audience,” he says. “We are trying to reach the entire state.”
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Photojournalism professor presents work
Photojournalism professor Robert Heller has had work selected for five international juried photography exhibitions, including a photograph that received the distinction of Director’s Choice.
The chosen photographs range in style from portraiture to architecture, and include subjects from a Holocaust liberator— “an extraordinary face, one of my favorites photographically,” said Heller— to the wafting gray hair of American bluegrass musician Del McCoury— “I’m always looking for something different.”
Heller says the opportunity to participate in juried exhibits exemplifies his work not as only a photojournalist but as a fine arts photographer.
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