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Nikon gives its support to New York
(Friday, August 23, 2002 - 13:42 EDT)

Imaging leader Nikon Inc. will do its part in remembering those affected by the September 11th tragedy by sponsoring a photographic memorial to the city a year later.

The company has announced in a press release that it is sponsoring the 15th Annual 'Eddie Adams Barnstorm Workshop', a four day event that will include an opportunity for the 100 photojournalism students who will be participating to capture images of Manhattan over a 12 hour period on September 11th, 2002. Nikon, through its 'Nikon Spirit Initiatives', is sponsoring the event both by providing photographic equipment and professionals who will teach the students, providing lectures and technical support.

On September 11th itself, the students are expected to take about 300 photos each, with the theme being "We Love New York!" - a whopping 30,000 photos in all! Selected photos from these will then be displayed at the BathHouse Gallery on September 14, and later published in a book dedicated to the children of New York which will be presented to the City in February 2003 as a "valentine". Proceeds from sale of the book will be donated to a children's charity.

Original Source Press Release:


100 Photojournalists Will Capture Life in New York City on September 11, as Part of Special Assignment: We Love New York! 9/11/2002

MELVILLE, NY, August 22, 2002 - Nikon (www.nikonusa.com), the world leader in photography and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams today announced the 100 photojournalism students who will participate in the 15th Annual Eddie Adams Barnstorm Workshop in Jeffersonville, NY, September 9 - 12, as well as a special photo assignment in Manhattan on September 11. The workshop is sponsored by the Nikon Spirit Initiatives(SM), an ongoing campaign that fosters education and empowers photographers of all skill levels to realize and achieve their creative visions. Since Barnstorm's inception, Nikon has assumed a large role in sponsoring the event, sending equipment and professionals to teach, lecture and provide technical support.

The exclusive four-day workshop provides a forum for shared ideas between aspiring and professional photojournalists and this year will include a special photography assignment in New York City on September 11, to celebrate the spirit of New York, "one year later." Workshop students and instructors will take more than 30,000 images based on the theme, "We Love New York!" during a 12-hour shooting period. Select images from the day will then be compiled into a book dedicated to the children of New York, and presented to the City in February 2003, as a Valentine. Proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to a children's charity.

"We are happy to support this project as part of the Nikon Spirit Initiative, providing students with the opportunity to realize and achieve their creative visions," said Anna Marie Bakker, General Manager of Communications at Nikon Inc. "This year's theme presents an exceptional and inspiring challenge for the Workshop attendees and we are glad to provide the resources and technology to a program where students can truly learn from some of the most renowned experts in the photographic community."

On September 11, as part of the "We Love New York!" assignment, students will photograph New York City-specific subjects including Broadway, New York celebrities and personalities, the Memorial Service at Ground Zero, the New York Police and Fire Departments and various New York neighborhoods like Harlem and the Lower East Side. Select images and edited work will be displayed at the BathHouse Gallery on September 14.

The Eddie Adams Workshop brings nearly 100 established members of the media to exchange ideas, techniques and philosophies with 100 talented and aspiring photojournalists. Each year, several Nikon executives and members of Nikon's Professional Services serve as experts in panel discussions and are on hand to provide technical support.

While participation in the workshop is highly competitive, attendees are selected based solely on the merit of their submitted portfolios. Graduates of the workshop are considered among the top young talent in the photojournalism field.

About The Nikon Spirit Initiative
The Nikon Spirit Initiative encompasses a variety of educational and sponsorship programs, and serves as a forum for expression and creativity to inspire and help people realize their creative visions through photography. Through this initiative, Nikon is giving back to the photographic community by fostering education and providing opportunities and support through grants, scholarships, contests, promotion, workshops, equipment donations and financial contributions. The Nikon Spirit Initiative inspires photographers of all skill levels to use photography as a medium to directly impact the lives of others.

The Eddie Adams Workshop
The purpose of the Eddie Adams workshop is to create a forum in which an exchange of ideas, techniques, and philosophies can be shared between both established members and newcomers of the profession of picture journalism.

The workshop is a tuition-free, invitation-only and attendees are portfolio-selected by the Eddie Adams Workshop Board of Directors.

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