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FMU hosts inaugural photography and video conference

Francis Marion University will play host to its first photography and video conference, Poskito, which will be held on campus March 6-8 and feature award-winning works and presenters.  

The conference is co-hosted by the university’s Department of Fine Arts and the Department of Mass Communication and received additional funding from the Humanities Council of South Carolina.

Workshops, exhibitions and panel discussions by well-known regional, national and international photographers, video journalists, professionals and scholars from related fields are among the many offerings of the gathering. From one of the most respected journalists in the television industry and legendary work of those who photographed the presidents to panel discussions with South Carolina photographers and archivists, Poskito is sure to have an activity that appeals to a cross-section of people.

“We have 18 distinguished visiting presenters from the fields of photography, broadcast journalism, history and art education joining us. They are all leaders, scholars and master storytellers who have received numerous national honors for their work,” said Dr. Howard Frye, committee chair of Poskito and associate professor of the Department of Fine Arts. “This event is the first of what will be an annual event sure to bring in those from the academic and business sectors while also appealing to the community at large.”

There will be three daily sessions on Thursday, March 6 and Friday, March 7. All the events listed on the schedule are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted in the schedule, all talks and panel discussions will be held in Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium on the FMU campus. In addition, a first-of-its-kind Downtown Florence Art Walk will be held on Saturday, March 8, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The art walk will feature public workshops and demonstrations, children’s activities and live jazz music at various downtown venues, including FMU’s Performing Arts Center, the starting point for the art walk. Other stops include the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library, the Florence County Museum, the Art Trail Gallery, The Clay Pot and Addie’s Baby Art and Design Studio. Additional events will take place at the Lynda English Studio on Second Loop Road. The conference concludes on Saturday evening at FMU’s Lowrimore Auditorium with talks by photographers Steve Schapiro and Nina Berman and a panel discussion on photography’s role in documenting the Civil Rights Movement.

In conjunction with the conference, the Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery on campus will hold an exhibition from March 1 – 14, entitled “Visual Narratives” featuring photographs by Nina Berman, Bill Frakes and Jim Wallace, as well as an exhibition of vintage cameras from the “golden age of photojournalism.”

Each year’s conference will be organized around a theme, issue or question central to the visual arts and journalism. The organizers’ aim is to look at a topic from various perspectives by inviting professionals and scholars of different fields and ideologies to discuss their ideas on the topic. The theme of the conference is visual narrative or storytelling.

For more information, visit or contact Frye at 843.661.1680,






Taylor has developed two of the most influential photo blogs in the industry–The Big Picture for the and In Focus for The Atlantic. The premise for both The Big Picture, which Taylor started, and In Focus, which he currently edits, is to provide a venue for showcasing high quality, “news stories in photographs… with an emphasis on narrative, or at least a strong theme.” In this session, Taylor will explain what his ideas and goals were behind starting the blogs.


Storm will present and discuss projects produced by MediaStorm, a Brooklyn-based, film production and interactive design studio which he founded and where he currently works as executive producer. An industry leader, MediaStorm specializes in digital storytelling and Storm will explain the process of how his company works with clients to create award-winning digital media.

Gallery Reception: Hyman Fine Arts Gallery


Frakes will discuss his career as a photojournalist for Sports Illustrated, the Miami Herald and other publications including his pioneering work with Straw Hat Visuals, a media production company he founded that specializes in web and publication media. Frakes will show examples of his work and discuss the secrets behind capturing compelling images during this session.



Constance Schulz, distinguished professor emerita of history, University of South Carolina, will present her research into a twelve-year photography project to send a number of talented photographers including Walker Evans, Carl Mydeans and Dorothea Lange to photograph the daily life of South Carolinians.?Sponsored by The Humanities Council of South Carolina.


A walking tour of the Department of Fine Arts Center and Francis Marion University’s slave cabins will be held. It will include a demonstration of large format photography by Francis Marion University photography professor, Julie Mixon and a guided tour of the university’s slave cabins.?Sponsored by The Humanities Council of South Carolina.


Beth Bilderback, visual archivist for the South Caroliniana Library, will discuss the photography collection of the Civil War diarist Mary Boykin Chesnut and the visual materials collection of Florence County native Amelia Wallace Vernon, author of “African Americans at Mars Bluff, South Carolina” during a discussion and presentation about the visual collections of the University of South Carolina. South Carolina Digital Library (SCDL) Program Director Kate Boyd will explain the resources available online at the SCDL and the library’s future plans to digitize images related to South Carolina and provide free online access to the public.?Sponsored by The Humanities Council of South Carolina.


A True Likeness is an award-winning video on the photography of Columbia, SC, studio photographer, Richard Samuel Roberts. His photographs of the African American community of the 1930s and 1940s provide an invaluable record of cultural life of the period. Produced by South Carolina ETV.



A panel discussion on photographer Richard Samuel Roberts will be moderated by Louis Venters, assistant professor of history at Francis Marion University on photographer Richard Samuel Roberts. The panel will discuss the scholar whose research first brought Roberts to the public’s attention, the photographer who restored Roberts’ lost glass negatives and the South Carolina ETV video producer who produced the award-winning video on Roberts for Carolina Stories. Panelists include Thomas L. Johnson, librarian emeritus, University of South Carolina; Phil Dunn, distinguished professor emeritus of art; and Dave Adams, senior producer for South Carolina ETV. Sponsored by The Humanities Council of South Carolina.


Dotson, one of the most honored and revered storytellers in television history will discuss his career and some of the interesting people he’s met over the years.


Dotson will be available to autograph his new book: American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things.



An art stroll in downtown Florence and nearby areas will include a mixed number of events including photography exhibitions, photography workshops, video showings, talks and children based-activities. The participating organizations and businesses include the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, the Florence County Museum, the Art Trail Gallery, ScienceSouth, The Clay Pot, Addie’s Baby Art and Design Studio and the Lynda English Studio.?


(Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library)?

Minuette Floyd, associate professor of art education at the University of South Carolina, will discuss her research documenting the African American tradition of camp meetings in North Carolina and South Carolina over the past decade.?


(Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library) Wesley Hogan, the director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, will discuss the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, as well as some of the center’s recent photography-based projects.


Schapiro will discuss his legendary career in photography working for Life, Look and Rolling Stone as well as numerous other leading publications. Schapiro has provided some of the most iconic images of some of the most famous figures of the 1960s and 1970s, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Marlon Brando, Andy Warhol, Barbara Streisand, Ray Charles and Mohammad Ali. 


Berman will discuss her photographs which document the daily lives of wounded American soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.


Three Civil Rights Movement photographers will share their thoughts about the movement and explain the background stories behind some of their photographs. The panel will also discuss photography’s role in documenting and publicizing the Civil Rights Movement and to what extent the photographs of the Movement have shaped the historical narrative of it. It will feature photographers Steve Schapiro, James Wallace and Cecil J. Williams and be moderated by the Director of the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, and Civil Rights Movement historian Wesley Hogan.?Sponsored by The Humanities Council of South Carolina.


Last Published: February 28, 2014 8:51 AM
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