The students presented their finished projects in Anspach Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.

"The Concerned Photographer: Central Michigan's Unseen" is an intensive weeklong visual storytelling workshop rooted in the tradition of Cornell Capa's book and exhibit, "The Concerned Photographer." After Capa's death in 2008 the New York Times wrote: "the professional code to which he (Capa) steadfastly adhered is best summed up by the title of his 1968 book, "The Concerned Photographer." He used the phrase often to describe any photographer who was passionately dedicated to doing work that contributed to the understanding and well-being of humanity and who produced "images in which genuine human feeling predominates over commercial cynicism or disinterested formalism," he said."  The International Center of Photography wrote: "Capa chose the phrase "concerned photographer" to describe those photographers who demonstrated in their work a humanitarian impulse to use pictures to educate and change the world, not just to record it."

Seventeen CMU students will produce socially concerned documentary projects that highlight issues Central Michigan residents face today.  Participants will work closely with visiting photographer and filmmaker, Danny Wilcox Frazier, photographer and CMU faculty member, Kent Miller, and visiting filmmaker, John Richard, to create photo essays and videos that speak to conditions of life across middle America.

 A look at some of the photos students are taking for the workshop:

Blake Long participates in Carol Schafers' music class at Mount Pleasant High School on Thursday, October 30, 2014. Long is a 35-year-old Mount Pleasant resident who has been working in the school cafeteria for five years. After work, Long eats lunch in the classroom and helps Mrs. Schafer with classroom activities, as well as participating in scales and songs. ​​Photo by Emily Mesner

John White, 77, built his metal workshop 30 years ago and still works nine hours every day, often doing contract work for major companies. Here, White cuts pipeline blanks for Dow Chemical company on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Photo by Arin Bisaro​


Two lovers embrace in the middle of a packed Halloween party at Jamestown Apartments in Mount Pleasant, Mich., Friday, October 31, 2014. Halloween is one of the biggest holidays for college parties along with St. Patrick's Day and New Year's. Photo by Sarah White

IMG_8677.JPGAfter a long night of consuming alcohol with friends, Nick Letts (left) and Katie Reid (right) awaken to blinding sunshine in the living room of their friend's home in Columbiaville, Mich., on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Letts and Reid, together with their friends, consumed over 100 shots and many other alcoholic drinks the night before. Photo by Sarah White​​

Lia VanderElzen, 4, bites into a fresh pear as her mother drives her home after picking pears from a neighbor's tree in Saline, Mich. The VanderElzen family lives on a commune called Mulberry Hill with a total of 12 adults and four children. The group grows about 60% of the food they consume.​ Photo by Katy Kildee (click​ to view Katy's photo story​)