Photography Mentors: Ron and Michael

We are incredibly fortunate to be joined again this year by two world-class photojournalists, Ron Haviv and Michael Robinson Chavez. Ron is a freelance photographer and a founder of VII, an acclaimed photographer-based consortium which has evolved into a multi-faceted institution that combines high-level journalism and documentary photography with publishing, film making, and education. Since its launch in 2001, VII has been recognized as one of the world’s preeminent photographer owned photography and media agencies. Ron has covered wars in Panama, Yugoslavia, Libya, and throughout the Middle East. Michael is a staff photographer for The Washington Post and has covered stories in over sixty countries including drought in California, tsunamis in Indonesia and Chile, the Egyptian revolution, life in India and Brazil’s slums, gold mining in Peru, the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war and the US led invasion and occupation of Iraq. This is the third time the two have joined Ross School students for a Field Academy course. Each day, Michael and Ron accompany students on shoots in numerous locations throughout Bali. At the end of the day, we all assemble at the hotel for a group critique. Each student presents 5-10 images they have selected from the day’s shooting. Michael and Ron then give advice and criticism on the images. In between, each student works individually with the photographers to refine their work. Over the course of two weeks, the students learn to improve their photography skills and post-production technique. Working alongside such acclaimed professional photojournalists is a once in a lifetime experience for our students and we can’t thank Michael and Ron enough for once again making this such an incredible experience. Here are some of their images from the past two weeks.

Michael Robinson Chávez

Michael Robinson Chávez

Michael Robinson Chávez

Michael Robinson Chávez

Michael Robinson Chávez

Michael Robinson Chávez

Michael Robinson Chávez

Michael Robinson Chávez

Michael Robinson Chávez

Michael Robinson Chávez

Ron Haviv

Ron Haviv

Ron Haviv

Ron Haviv

Ron Haviv