World-renowned photographers and longtime friends Nick Ut and Mark Edward Harris shared their expertise and experiences with the Suffolk University community recently as Distinguished Visiting Scholars in the College of Arts & Sciences.
They also documented their visit through social media, offering a fresh perspective on Boston.
“Experiencing the city through visitors’ eyes and following their adventures through Boston on social media has really changed the way I view my city,” says senior Larissa Dichard, a psychology major.
The Suffolk visit was packed with personal meetings, interviews, photography opportunities, public lectures, book signings, and an exclusive master photojournalism class. More than 200 people took part in three of the sessions: a lecture on photojournalism and social change; an open class on the aesthetics of photographing in Asia; and a master class on technique.
Ut is known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a Vietnamese girl fleeing from a napalm attack. Cynthia Aboujaoudi, a senior broadcast journalism major, said that photo “has always had an emotional hold on me, and, after hearing Ut personally speak about his experience as a young AP photographer covering the war that had taken his brother and was destroying his native country, the photo became increasingly impactful to me.”
Senior Sarah Welch, an international relations major, found Harris’ photography riveting, saying that she “fell in love with his work and hopes to take similar travel photographs one day. I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to learn from him personally in the master photojournalism class.”