The photography and video studies offered in the Professional Certificate Program at Maine Media Workshops + College offer students the opportunity to delve into the art and craft of telling a story through a lens. Over the course of nine months, our students find ways to engage the world at large and cultivate their own stories through guided critiques, extensive field work and hands on training in the matters of craft and materials.

The immersion of learning new techniques and methodologies and working with several mentors is integral to our process of finding your own unique voice. Short films, both lyrical and documentary in form, and portfolio development are the keys to discovery during the program over three 10-week terms.

This showcase demonstrates the exemplary work that is often created in the program. Looking at culture, society, autobiography, beauty and the environment; that is often what is cultivated in our students’ work each year.  Each photographer is on a path and a journey toward technical accomplishment and personal growth. Digital printmaking and technique, historic 19th c. processes, multimedia and video storytelling, lighting, the history of photography, and professional development are all experienced and further supported by vigorous critiques. It’s a process and a philosophy that works – while we support each other in this dynamic journey looking for pictures and making short films.

Enjoy the show! 

Congratulations to all of our students for your work culminating in May 2020 !!

Brenton Hamilton

PCVS Photography Chair

Student Showcase Featuring:

Robert Schulz
JC Camelio
Michael Honegger
Anna LaBenz
Judith Stein
Caroline Stevens
Nils Tcheyan
Peggy Watson

Student Work

Robert Schulz
Graduate – Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling
2019-2020

Still Photography

Video Work


JC Camelio
Culminating Project with Brenton Hamilton

Winter’s Work

In pursuit of the way photography draws attention to how we perceive, and our perceptions, emotions and experiences combine in what we create; my practice is a reflection of my awareness and inspiration of what is real around me mingled with all the extraordinary ways the senses interpret and show what more exists. 

Simply put, I start in the real world then work to make a different awareness. Doing so allows a person, perhaps, to discover goodness, (art? a higher authority?) in the difficulties, challenges, chaos and brutality of collective existence.
– jc


Michael Honegger
Culminating Project with Brenton Hamilton

The Need to Know

Project Statement:

My father was a spy during the Cold War. Bilingual in German and English, he worked for the United States Air Force and sent agents into the former East Germany and elsewhere behind the Iron Curtain. 

My family lived in West Germany from 1959-1963 during the height of the Cold War. Throughout that period, none of my family members (including my mother) had any idea about my father’s work life. When curiosity overcame me, I would ask him about his job only to hear his predictable response, “Do you have the need to know?”, followed by a smile and silence. It was not until long after he retired from the Air Force that he finally shared a few details of his career as a counterintelligence special agent.

This project is my exploration of the meager details that emerged from those brief conversations and my curiosity about the world of Cold War espionage and its impact upon my family at the time. In essence, my father led two lives that rarely intersected. As a result, my family members were often the unwitting participants in indecipherable events that left us with many more questions than answers. Mysterious strangers would show up at our apartment late at night only to depart before dawn without saying a word to anyone other than my father. Peculiar encounters, curious radio transmissions, and unexplained coincidences became the norms of my childhood.

I now have the need to know more about the secret world my father inhabited and the lives of others with whom he interacted. This project is a photographic re-creation of the intersections and divergences of his secret life and the traditional paternal role he played. It is the intersection of the factual and the fictional based upon historical research, my memories and my imagination.


Anna LaBenz
Culminating Project with Brenton Hamilton

This new work is an exploration of my internal landscape; the valleys, oceans, and mountains that arise within me. In making these surrealistic dreamscapes I am able to mold my hurt, anger, sadness, and shame into something that is beautiful. These composites allow me to weave my memories and emotions together like a tapestry.  Creating something that echos the rawness of our humanity in a space that illuminates the tenderness of being.  


Judith Stein
Culminating Project with Brenton Hamilton

My husband and I shared our happiest times alone on the water.  I sought to explore the water’s role in that happiness; then the world turned upside down.


Caroline Stevens
Culminating Project with Brenton Hamilton

“I look for what’s hidden and hope to be surprised.” 


Nils Tcheyan
Culminating Project with Brenton Hamilton

Journals 1977


Peggy Watson
Culminating Project with Brenton Hamilton

Congratulations students!

Header Image: ©Meg Weston