As some of you may remember I was selected to be one of 25 students in an international photojournalism workshop hosted by the VII photo agency. Alongside the classes I also received mentorship from an individual who I believe to be one of the greatest living photographers in the world. While for privacy reasons I will withhold their name, I was honored that they took such a vested interest in me and my story.
I want to say thank you to Reno and the people who believe in the value of photojournalism. Several people donated to a GoFundMe to help me cover the costs of travel, and made it possible for me to attend the classes.
I especially want to thank Bob Conrad, owner of Thisisreno.com, for giving me the opportunity to work with him. I believe that if it was not for him bringing me on that I would not have become a photojournalist with enough skill to be selected by VII.
I am excited to begin using all that I have learned with the VII agency and my mentor to Reno, Nevada. With that said I want to share a few images of my experience in the VII masterclass.
Ty O’Neil is a lifelong student of anthropology with two degrees in the arts. He is far more at home in the tear gas filled streets of war torn countries than he is relaxing at home. He has found a place at This Is Reno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday be a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad.