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|| News Item: Posted 2005-07-28

Rick Rickman joins Brooks Institute Visual Journalism Faculty
By Jim McNay, Brooks Institute of Photography

Photo by Paul Myers

Photo by Paul Myers

Rick Rickman, left, and Anacleto Rapping are two of the newest faculty members of the Visual Journalism program at Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, Calif.
The Visual Journalism program at Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, Calif. has announced the addition of freelance photographer and member Rick Rickman to the full-time faculty.

Starting this weekend Rickman will be honored and introduced to the Brooks community with the display of a show of his photographic prints in the main building on the Brooks Ventura campus. The official opening will be Saturday, July 30, 2005 beginning at 4 pm. The public is invited.

Rickman will teach a regular course load and will continue his freelance work as time allows. Many Brooks instructors continue their professional work on the breaks between Brooks' terms, amounting to 10 weeks per year. Rickman already has an assignment for Newsweek to cover the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Italy.

With a background in both major newspapers and freelance magazine photography, Rickman continues the Brooks tradition of bringing significant professional experience to the classroom. In his newspaper days, Rickman worked at the Des Moines Register and Orange County Register among others. He and several other Register photographers shared the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Los Angeles Olympic games. Rickman's magazine work includes work for TIME, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated and many others.

In recent years Rickman has concentrated some of his work on projects. He did a major in-depth project on the U.S. Navy SEALS, a story that ultimately was published worldwide. Currently he is at work on a project on active senior citizens, including athletes and others.

The world of professional workshops has been Rickman's teaching focus of late. He is part of a college-workshop photography team sponsored by Nikon and regularly teaches at the annual Churchill Downs college journalism workshop. In addition Rickman is a regular contributor to the Sports Shooter Newsletter, writing on the subject of business practices for photographers.

Visual Journalism is the name Brooks Institute chose for its photojournalism program when the degree program began four years ago. The program, located on the Brooks campus in Ventura, Calif. is entirely taught in the digital environment. Students learn to use the digital still camera, the computer and learn digital video photography and editing.

Others preceding Rickman as instructors in the visual journalism program include member Anacleto Rapping, who joined the faculty in January after two decades at the Los Angeles Times, and member P.F. Bentley, a veteran of TIME and Newsweek. Bentley divides his time between the still and video classes. National Geographic documentary travel photographer Rick Ray is the lead instructor on the video side.

Brooks Institute is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary. The professional photography program that prepares students for commercial and advertising work, continues in the school's original Santa Barbara location. In Ventura, the visual journalism program shares a campus with a motion picture program and visual communications (graphic design) major.

General information about Brooks Institute is available at Considerable student photojournalism work and the current list of speakers for the Visual Journalism professional speakers program can be found at the Brooks NPPA student chapter website at

Related Links:
Jim McNay's Member Page

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