About Will Yurman
Will Yurman is a senior lecturer in the Journalism Department at Penn State University where he teaches photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. Before arriving at Penn State in 2011 he was a staff photographer at the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle, where he was a long-time innovator in multimedia storytelling.
His work features strong visual content, driven by natural sound and the subject’s own words. A photographer for more than 20 years, Will began as a photographer’s assistant in Albany, N.Y., and later worked as a freelance photographer in Alaska and the Middle East. Will began exploring multimedia, combining audio with photos, in 2000.
At the Democrat and Chronicle he helped launch a weekly photo column called First Person that appeared in print and online. He produced numerous shows for the site, working with stills, audio, video and text to tell stories in a way that just isn’t possible in print. In 2007 he produced a year-long project that documented the lives of every homicide victim in the greater Rochester area in that year. The online project tells the story of each victim through photographs and interviews with family and friends and culminated with a solo exhibit at the George Eastman House.
His still photography and multimedia work have been recognized in the Best of Photography and Picture of the Year International contests among many others. He is a graduate of the State University New York at Albany and has twice been named NPPA Region 2 Photographer of the Year for.
In addition to teaching at Penn State, Will was a long-time adjunct teacher at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has also taught workshops at the Northern Shortcourse, the Great White North Photojournalism Workshop in Toronto, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Mountain Workshops, the Online News Association annual workshop, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and the NPPA’s Immersion workshop.