The Art Directors Club will hold its third-annual Henry Wolf Summer Photography Workshop, an introductory photography and video course designed to give a group of New York public high school students the opportunity to meet and learn from top photographers and producers.
The five-day workshop kicks off on July 12, when approximately 25 juniors from 12 NYC public high schools will be given a hands-on overview of the art and trade of photography from five experts in the field. These professionals will lead workshops, teaching basics of shooting and Photoshop techniques. Students are given digital cameras to shoot their assignments, and allowed to keep them at the end of the workshop. An exhibition of the student photos, open to the public, will take place on Saturday, July 17, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, at the ADC Gallery.
The lead instructor for the workshop is photographer Tom Starkweather, with fellow instructors Will Mebane, Christopher Lane and Aaron Taylor. New to this year's workshop is a video production component, led by Emmy Award-winning producer Elizabeth Hummer.
NYC high schools sending students to the workshop are Curtis High School, Murry Bergtraum High School, Port Richmond High School, Staten Island Technical High School, All City Leadership Academy, Brooklyn Technical High School, Tottenville High School, H.S. of Art & Design/(Frank Sinatra H.S), Jamaica High School, School for Excellence, Bryant High School and Bronx Leadership Academy High School.
This annual educational program from the ADC was created in honor of Henry Wolf, the famous graphic designer and photographer who, as art director of Esquire, Harper's Bazaar and Show magazines in the 1950s and '60s, held great sway over American magazine design.
Wolf, an ADC Hall of Fame laureate, began his career in the ad agency world at McCann Erikson's Center for Advanced Practice in 1965, and later became creative director of Trahey/Wolf Advertising. In 1971, he opened Henry Wolf Productions, devoted to advertising, editorial photography, film and design. His photography work included elegant fashion layouts for clients such as Sak's Fifth Avenue and I. Magnin, as well as print ads for Xerox, IBM, Revlon and DeBeers.
Wolf went on to work as a photographer and designer for the next three decades, creating more than 500 television commercials and nine films. He also taught graphic design at Parsons School of Design, School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union.
The workshop program is supported by a 10-year grant from the Henry Wolf Foundation.