Photojournalism Major

Photojournalism students document the Charlotte Protests


On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016,  protests turned violent through parts of downtown Charlotte as anger continued to build over the deadly police shooting of a black man.

Photojournalism students Molly Mathis and Tyler Brock documented the unrest and captured these images of the events.

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Some thoughts from the students:

What started out as a peaceful protest that began at Marshall Park in downtown Charlotte quickly escalated into a full on riot. The destruction began at the Charlotte Mecklenburg police department where rioters were beat on the doors and brought the American flag down in front. Rioters then moved to stores and restaurants, breaking windows and some looting. This is when police began using tear gas. As a photographer, I wanted to get in the action between the police and rioters but the tear gas was so powerful that I had to step back for a minute. I was standing behind a van when a man was shot. When I saw him on the ground my head was spinning. It happened so fast and I had to decide quickly whether or not I was going to take the picture. I knew that in a few moments there would be a crowd of people around him and this would be my only chance so I snapped the picture and then backed away. I watched as media were being chased down and beaten by rioters. This combined with a man just being shot in front of me made me feel scared for my life. I decided that getting the picture was not worth risking my own safety so I left the area. I walked up the street, sat on a park bench and tried to soak in the gravity of what was happening. Molly Mathis

It is hard to come to words on how to describe the riots in downtown Charlotte last night. Water bottles and flowerpots flew through the air at the law enforcement and the police responded with tear gas. My throat and eyes began to burn. My eyes and nose were watering uncontrollably as I tried to make my coughing subside. I tried to run from the gas but it was to late.  As I stood there trying to make this horrible feeling go away, I saw people taking it like it was nothing. My thought process through the riots besides keeping my wits was how can I get unique shots while documenting what was taking place. Having a part in documenting what took place in Charlotte has altered the way I think when it comes to covering things such as this. It has also changed me personally. I will never forget this experience, the night I photographed history as it was being written. Tyler Brock

Student wins CVA Award

Gus the Bus

Photojournalism student Tyler Brock won the A.Dorian Memorial Student Award during the Center for Visual Artists (CVA) Greensboro’s photo biennial CAPTURE 2016 Juried Photo Exhibition on Friday, Sept. 2.

The photograph “Gus the Bus” was a long exposure image of a bus in a field, with gelled strobes on the inside and star trails in the sky.

Baseball by the Small Format Photography class


                                                                                            Photo by Molly Mathis

Each summer the Small Format Photography class has photographed area baseball games, learning to capture peak action and advance camera controls. This is a selection from the summer of 2016.

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RCC Photography Students Win Awards


Photo by Nathan Richards – Curriculum Award and Academic Award – Commercial


Photo by Whitney Keller – Academic Award – Photojournalism


Photo by Sarah Mitchell – Academic Award – Portrait Studio Management


RCC’s Academic and Curriculum Awards were presented at RCC’s seventh annual Student Academic Honors Awards Ceremony on April 14, at Oakhurst Baptist Church.

The Academic Award is based on the highest GPA in each degree and diploma program of study. Students must have been enrolled in two of the last four terms, have completed at least 40 credit hours in a degree program or 10 credit hours in a diploma program, and have a program GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Academic Awards were presented to the following (listed with their program areas):

Nathan Richards, Photographic Technology/Commercial Photography

Whitney Keller, Photographic Technology/Photojournalism

Sarah Mitchell, Photographic Technology/Portrait Studio Management

The Curriculum Award goes to a student in each degree and diploma program who is both outstanding in his/her academic achievement and has potential for success in the particular field he/she has chosen. To be eligible, the students must have been enrolled in two of the last four terms, have completed at least 40 credit hours in a degree program or 10 credit hours in a diploma program, have a program GPA of 3.0 or higher, have demonstrated expertise in their field of study, and have participated in departmental, campus and community activities that promote the College.

The Curriculum Award for the department of Photographic Technology was presented to Nathan Richards of Oxford, N.C.