Audio & Image

Enrich storytelling through the addition of sound and image.

Explore beyond traditional forms of storytelling to the new powers of sound and image. This workshop is for the photographer and filmmakers interested in incorporating sound and text with photography to enrich visual storytelling. This course investigates theories and practices of traditional photo narrative, strengthening visual components while encompassing the power of editing and sequencing. This is not a technical class but an exploration of visual and auditory experience. The class looks at the construction of different narratives, inclusive of sequencing images and the addition of music and/or ambient sound to best convey mood and emotion. Through complementing photographs with sound, Students are guided through various storytelling approaches and structures, adding a whole new dimension to a series of images. Students critique published slideshows, create their own with existing work as well as new work photographed on assignment throughout the week. Participants use digital cameras and have digital files of existing work. A laptop is required. A digital audio recorder is recommended but not mandatory.


Josh Meltzer

Josh Meltzer joined the faculty at Western Kentucky University in 2009 as a Photojournalist-in-Residence where he teaches photojournalism and multimedia storytelling.  A native of Athens, Georgia, Josh is a 1995 graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota and received his Masters in Multimedia Communications from the University of Miami in 2013.
In 2008, after 9 years as a staff photographer and multimedia journalist at The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia, Josh accepted a Fulbright Scholarship to photograph and teach in Mexico where he began working on a project about the migration of indigenous families within Mexico. A selection of his work from his Fulbright year won the Grand Prize Professional Award from Photophilanthropy in 2010. He completed this project in 2014 as part of his Master’s Thesis.
He has been a co-coordinator and instructor with the Truth With A Camera Workshops in Mexico, Ecuador and Bosnia and serves annually on the staff of the Mountain Workshops, a visual storytelling workshop each Fall put on by Western Kentucky University.
His still and multimedia work has been recognized by NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism competition, where he was the 2006 Photojournalist of the Year for markets less than 115,000 circulation, Pictures of the Year International, which recognized a long-term project on those who care for the elderly with the Documentary of the Year award, KNPA, VNPA, Atlanta Photojournalism Competition, Northern and Southern Short Courses and the Society of Newspaper Design. He is also a recipient of the National Press Photographers Association’s Humanitarian Award in 2012 and is a 2014 recipient of the Carnegie Hero Award.