Free Workshop for Veterans

The Odyssey Workshops: Picturing Life After Combat 
 Free intensive photography course for post 9/11 combat veterans CEPA Gallery and the Veterans One-stop Center of WNY will co-present a free, 12-week intensive photography course for post 9/11 combat veterans beginning in January 2019. The struggles of US combat veterans reintegrating into society are largely misunderstood, rarely communicated by those immersed in the experience. The Odyssey Workshops will offer combat veterans a new tool to navigate the road home from service. 

Through photography and writing, veterans will explore the return home in the workshop from their perspective. Participants will work in small groups to make pictures that illustrate their lives in and out of uniform. This is a unique opportunity for veterans to share their stories among a group of peers, create a forum to control their narratives, and design artwork that reflects the past and present. 

The project will be led by photographers Brendan Bannon and Julian Chinana, a U.S. Marine Scout/Sniper.

An award-winning photojournalist, Bannon’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Telegraph, and several other international publications. Founder of www.mostimportantpicture.org, his work has also been exhibited at the MOMA in New York City and La Triennale di Milano in Milan, Italy. Bannon has taught photography to marginalized communities around the world. 

Chinana holds a degree in studio art with a concentration in photography from the University at Buffalo. His work is deeply rooted in personal experiences with war, and trauma.  

Spaces are limited. To apply, please contact wearedwyer@vocwny.org with ‘The Odyssey Workshops’ in the subject line.