Since the first Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion (BRRR) in 2001, Virginia Intermont photography students have been the official photographers of the festival. This year 17 of VI’s students worked as the official photographers of the 2013 BRRR in September.
“Every picture that you see used in a brochure, schedule, poster or advertisement in a magazine was shot by one of our students,” VI photography professor Neil Staples says. “VI had 17 kids covering everything from the Jam Camp at VI to the 5k Road Race, Children’s Day, the Chili Cook-Off and every music venue for all three days of the festival.”
VI’s Photography & Digital Imaging program offers a special projects class specifically designed to cover the BRRR festival. Students learn what is involved in planning and executing a project of this magnitude, from logistics and shooting to editing and client relations. The class gives students valuable business and shooting experience, as well as the opportunity to be involved in a renowned event. Over the weekend, students worked an average of 30 hours and edited nearly 33,000 photos.
Junior photographer Marian Cunningham said of her experience: “I’ve always loved Rhythm and Roots. I love the fact that so many people can get together just for the love a good music as well as supporting local and small-time bands. It’s a fun and heartwarming experience and I really feel grateful for being able to document it.”
All of VI’s photographers from the 2013 BRRR are listed below.