Join with Reinhardt students to hear professional photographer Stanley Leary present "Photojournalism: Could This Be My Passion?" on Thursday, September 13, 2007, at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center at Reinhardt College in Waleska, Ga. This event is offered to the public free of charge.
Dr. Pamela S. Wilson, Reinhardt's program coordinator for communication, is hosting the colloquium, and she describes Leary as impressive.
Wilson got to know Stanley as he taught photojournalism as an adjunct professor at Reinhardt. Because of his enthusiasm and passion for his profession, she was inspired to create a forum for Leary to share his wealth of personal and professional experience with communication majors, all interested Reinhardt students and others from the community.
Now a freelancer who shoots all over the world, Leary began telling stories with photography more than 20 years ago. He seeks to use his skills to help others. Introduced to photography and photojournalism by an uncle, his work has appeared in Newsweek, Business Week, Sports Illustrated, Wired, Chicago Tribune, NY Times, World Book Encyclopedia, Information Week, Popular Mechanics, Technology Review, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, and many other publications.
Leary was born in Kinston, N.C. With a father who was a minister at an orphanage, Leary grew up with thirty-some young boys and a couple of hundred other children near by. Seeing his parents reaching out and helping those children has had a major impact on his life.
People watching has long been one of Leary's favorite hobbies. Driven to understand people better, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from East Carolina University. During college, he worked for the newspaper, yearbook, and public relations office.
After graduation, he further honed his photojournalism skills at The Hickory Daily Record (Hickory, N.C.) and then the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. After learning for the Mission Board's outstanding photojournalism staff for five years, he earned a Masters of Arts in Communications from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His studied theology and education and stretched his mind and compassion even more for people. After completing his masters, he started work with Georgia Institute of Technology as a photographer, a position he held from 1993 until April 2002.
He now freelances for many different clients including Georgia Tech. Black Star took on Leary as one of their photographers; he shoots their clients all over the world. Also, WireImage syndicates Leary's sports photos to such well known outlets such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, Athlon Sports and others.
Leary enjoys new challenges. His natural knack with computers and his interest in technology and specifically computers has taken him into web design and image database consulting.
He and his wife, Dorie Griggs, have three children. She recently earned a master of divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. She sees her ministry to be with journalists.
For more on Leary, please see www.stanleyleary.com
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