I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, Electronic Media, which I earned in 2001, a bit late above my peers my age. Education is always good. I often wonder why they don't make photographers get annual CEU's like folks in other professions as technology changes every Monday when the Board of Directors meet.
My whole life before that degree I wanted to go to Brooks, just never had the cards lined up. I was lucky enough to attend a week at Brooks while in the military and I became friends with David Litschel, author of Black & White Photography
a great book!
David is now the Provost of Brooks. I have been offered to teach there on many occassions after I received my Bachelor's. David also offered me to teach a weekend workshop there someday. I'm thinking about it, just never put together the course plan, I have much on my plate.
In a nutshell, I always wanted to go there, never was able too. I hear, may not be true, but I hear that the current top photographer for Playboy
, Arnie Freytag, is a Brooks graduate. I know one of his former assistants that went there and works for the Bunny.
While Brooks doesn't push glamour, they know it's another legit genre and have slowly changed their attitude toward it. They are tops in other genres, especially commercial and photojournalism.
When I went there I was lucky to chat with Ernest Brooks (think it was Jr.) and when he found out my wife was a scuba diver he sent her an autographed black and white he'd shot underwater--we proudly display it here at the house. This was before Brooks was bought out. From what I've seen, the are world-class, first-class and highly supported by the Photo Industry.
I hope that helps, thanks for being a part of the G1 family and community, rg sends!