Fox in the Field

Students serve as visual journalists, capturing event in words + photos

Posted by February 16, 2015

Writers like to speak of "voice," but for visual artists the act of drawing can embody a similar idea. In the right hands, a simple line or spot of color can feel as intimate as penmanship and as unique as a fingerprint.

On February 5 and 6, as Washington University gathered to articulate, discuss, and occasionally debate issues of Race and Ethnicity, six Sam Fox School students set out to chronicle the proceedings in both words and pictures.

Led by professor D.B. Dowd, who teaches the class "Visual Journalism and Reportage Drawing," the students effectively worked as a small, on-site graphic design shop. Illustrators Leslie Ding and Brandon Progrob, both stationed near the stage, and photographer Ria Han, who "floated" throughout the space, all fed images back to art directors Maya Theus and Eden Lewis. Lewis also provided additional illustration, as did editor Sophia Brown.

The results were screened in a trio of slideshows, presented at breakfast, lunch, and the final evening reception. Visit the WashUVoices website to view examples from all five panel sessions, as well as reportage drawings, created as part of Dowd's course, depicting in The Ville, South Grand, The Hill and other St. Louis neighborhoods. You can also view students' work on twitter at @foxinthefield.