Telling Stories


One of many photos from the University of Tennessee’s 22-year-and-still-going-strong student photojournalism project “Eyes on LaFollette.”

The New York Times writes about University of Tennessee photojournalism professor Robert Heller’s 22-year project involving student photojournalists documenting a single small Tennessee town. From Telling Stories in a Tennessee Coal Town:

A great deal has changed in the world of photography since his first class published its special edition in The LaFollette Press in 1993 using film cameras and paste-up production methods. But Mr. Heller says he believes this kind of group experience, of finding small stories, is always useful. “What they’re doing is going into a small town, finding out what makes it tick and describing it in a few photos,” he said. “I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve been able to do here. We’ll keep doing it as long as the people of LaFollette will have us.”

The story includes a generous selection of images from 22 years of Heller’s students photographing in LaFollette. More on the project here.