NPPAOU guest speaker Dan Winters interacts with students
Story and photos by Megan Westervelt
ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 18, 2013)—In the world of professional photography, there are two generally accepted distinct disciplines: photojournalism and commercial photography. Rarely are photographers able to accomplish a world-renowned reputation for excelling at both. However, guest speaker Dan Winters, who spoke at Ohio University Nov. 7, has successfully blurred the lines.
During the event sponsored by OU chapter of National Press Photographers Association and the Society of Photographic Illustrators, Winters spent several hours sharing experiences and memoirs but primarily answering student questions about his work, the craft of photography, the challenges he has faced, and the many rewards of turning passion into career path.
Following his lecture and Q&A session, Winters autographed posters and books, taking time to speak to each student about their photography as he did so. Conor Ralph, NPPAOU's secretary and a junior in Visual Communication, said Winters offered students more than just his time.
"Dan was a really down to earth, personable guy," he said. "He gave me a different perspective on the industry because I hadn't heard of anyone mixing commercial and photojournalism like he did."
Nearly 100 students, faculty, and community members attended the event held in Walter Hall.