Nationally renowned photographer Danny Wilcox Frazier is returning to CMU this fall to lead another workshop.

The workshop will run from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, and is open to all photojournalism students. Interested students will begin researching possible stories in early October.  They will shoot these stories during the workshop. The theme of the workshop is “Michigan and Me.”

“I want them to understand how intense it really is,” Frazier said. “It really simulates what it’s like to be in the field as a professional photographer.”

CMU alums Neil Blake and Sean Proctor also will mentor the students during the week. Both work as photographers for the Midland Daily News in Midland, Mich. Both will go out into the field to help students.

“Students will learn very quickly what they need to do to get the job done,” Frazier said.

Frazier will stay in Moore Hall to offer real-time feedback by offering daily critiques.

Working with students recharges me as a photographer as well,” he said. “I love helping young photographers push themselves out of their comfort zones.”

Frazier wants students to present hard-hitting news stories on the local level.

“National change can even be done on the community level,” he said. “I want students to see how important community journalism is.”

Frazier, who lives in Iowa, has spent his career covering the Midwest. His work has been published in TIME, Newsweek, Life and People. He wants to encourage students to stay and work in the region, too.

The workshop will culminate in a small exhibit, reception and slideshow on Nov. 4. The students’ work also will be featured in Central Michigan Life.