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September 20, 2012

CoPA welcomes photojournalist Kristyna Wentz-Graff from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, who will speak on the importance of storytelling in photography. Kristyna specializes in long-form documentary form, where capturing a story in each image is crucial. Telling a story also holds a crucial place in much fine art photography. Kristyna was also arrested at Madison's Occupy protests and will no doubt have some stories to tell about that as well.

CoPA Milwaukee is excited to welcome Kristyna Wentz-Graff as speaker for the October Schmooze!

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photojournalist Kristyna Wentz-Graff is passionate about telling stories from her local community. With an emphasis on social and cultural issues, she’s delved into the lives of those who are often overlooked. She’s reported on a wide array of topics such as Milwaukee County’s substandard and dangerous housing conditions for people with mental illness, the adverse effects of the Iraq war on children of soldiers, investigating child deaths in the Milwaukee County foster care system,  and exposing fraud in the day care system.

Prior to joining the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in October 2005, she worked at The Post-Crescent (Appleton, WI), The Grand Rapids Press (MI) and freelanced for The Orange County Register. She graduated from California State University-Fullerton with a degree in Mass Communications.

September 2, 2011

When someone asked Bernard Spinelli a while back why he was passionate about his photography he replied he wasn’t. “I did say that I was passionate about other people’s photography.” Admittedly it's trite to say a photograph is worth a thousand words, but as Bernie says, try describing a fireworks display. Photograph by Bernard Spinelli

Bernard Spinelli is passionate about photography, but not necessarily his own.

When someone asked him a while back why he was passionate about his photography “I replied that I wasn’t,” Bernie said in an email interview. “I did say that I was passionate about other people’s photography.”

Bernie has been photographing since 1963 while working as a field service technician at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. “I’ve been exposed to a lot of visual input in my lifetime, which is storytelling in its truest sense and allowing one to be there and experience the moment as it happened.”

Admittedly it's trite to say a photograph is worth a thousand words, but as Bernie says, try describing a fireworks display.