Gary Cosby Jr.
Director of Photography and Photojournalist, Tuscaloosa News
Gary Cosby Jr., Photojournalism coach
Gary Cosby Jr. is a photojournalist in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and has the overblown title of director of photography, overblown since he comprises a staff of one (there used to be three, but staff cuts …). That aside, Gary is a veteran of 32 years, having worked previously at the Decatur Daily in Decatur, Alabama and at The Daily Advance in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Gary is a graduate of the University of North Alabama. He is married and the father of eight children. His hobbies include woodworking, home renovation (mostly involuntary!) and novel writing. While working for newspapers in Tuscaloosa and Decatur, he has shot nine football national championship games and has a great deal of experience covering tornadoes and breaking news. Gary also writes for the Tuscaloosa News and does a weekly opinion column as well as news stories, news features and people profiles.
Senior Visual Media Consultant for Indiana University Health, Indianapolis
Matt Detrich, Photojournalism and Multimedia coach
Matt Detrich’s career started with a Nikon FG in hand and a darkroom (with fixer!) in the basement of his childhood home. From age 12, he began his journey in photojournalism, while honing his craft and his passion for telling stories.
Director of Photography and Photojournalist, Cincinnati Enquirer
Cara Owsley, Photojournalism and Multimedia Coach
Cara Owsley, a Louisville native and graduate of Western Kentucky University, has been the Director of Photography and Photojournalist at the Cincinnati Enquirer since 2005.
“I unintentionally became a journalist – it started with a fascination of cameras. I still have my first camera, a Polaroid One-Step. My high school photography teacher recommended that I should attend Western Kentucky University for photography. I knew nothing about photojournalism when I enrolled in the program, but the journalism classes and my internships made me fall in love with journalism.
I believe I have one of the best jobs in world. Photojournalists get to encounter people from all walks of life, and I love telling their stories visually. I also enjoy working with our talented staff of photographers and helping make their visuals come to life for our website and our print edition.”
William DeShazer, Portrait Coach
William DeShazer is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Nashville, TN. He’s held staff photography positions at the Chicago Tribune, The Commercial Appeal, The Napels Daily News, and The Concord Monitor. He’s now a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN. His commercial clients range from documentary work with St, Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to manufacturing companies like Hunter Fan Company and LP Building Solutions. He specializes in portraiture, brand narrative storytelling and product photography.
Evelio Contreras, Multimedia Coach
Evelio Contreras is a video producer for CNN Digital’s Original Video team. He is based in New York. Previously, he worked as a video journalist at The Washington Post, Las Vegas Sun and The Roanoke Times.
His work has been recognized by The National Press Photographers Association, Society of News Design and the Capital Emmys. He has coached students and taught multimedia workshops including NPPA’s Multimedia Immersion and News Video Television Workshop.
He grew up in Eagle Pass, a small border town on the Texas and Mexico border. It was there working at El Gram, a bilingual newspaper, where he learned about his interests in telling stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. He likes meeting new people and finding new ways to tell their stories.