By Timmy Huynh, JCAMP alumnus
I am currently typing this out from Columbia, MO, home of the Missouri School of Journalism, the oldest and one of the most prestigious journalism schools in the world. I’ve come a long way from when I picked up my first digital camera, but I can firmly say that J-camp jump-started my passion for photojournalism during the summer of 2005 in Minneapolis.
At J-camp, I met two people who would shape me the most as a photojournalist. Kyndell Harkness, a staff photographer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, was my team leader during J-camp. She withstood my barrage of questions both during and after J-camp, whether it be about gear or which grad school to attend. Jim Colton, the photo editor for Sports Illustrated, was a speaker during the camp, and graciously offered his time during lunch for a portfolio review. Even though my youth and inexperience were evident in my photos, he was patient and gave me some concrete tips on how to improve my photography.
Since then, I was accepted to the very competitive Eddie Adams Workshop in 2006, the youngest student ever to attend, along with the Missouri School of Journalism, where I will be starting this fall at their graduate program for photojournalism. Both Jim & Kyndell have been of great help during this journey, and I owe those relationships all to J-camp.