BHSU photography student spends semester in New York City for Hearst internship

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, October 22, 2014/Categories: 2014

BHSU photography student Joe Geyer spends his semester in New York City interning with Hearst Publishing.  Geyer plans to video conference with BHSU photography classes directly from Studio D to share his experiences.  Photo credit:  Joe Geyer

While interning with Hearst Publishing in New York City, BHSU photography student Joe Geyer takes his camera with him everywhere.  Photo credit:  Joe Geyer

Photographing the subways has become one of Joe Geyer's new favorite pastimes.  Geyer, a BHSU photography student, is spending the fall semester in New York City while pursuing an internship with Hearst Magazines.  Photo credit:  Joe Geyer

Joe Geyer traded the trails of the Black Hills for the concrete jungle this semester.  Geyer, a Black Hills State University photography student from Rapid City, moved to New York City in September to complete a prestigious internship with Hearst Publishing.

The internship provides Geyer the opportunity to work in Hearst Magazines' in-house photo studio, Studio D, for clients including Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Food Network Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine, and Popular Mechanics.  

"At BHSU we have state-of-the-art, pro photo equipment - the same kind we now use at Studio D," said Geyer.  "I think my experience with the equipment was a big factor in getting the internship."

Geyer pursued the internship after searching for opportunities in magazine photography.  He had a phone interview with Hearst, sent his online portfolio, and was quickly offered the internship.

"BHSU taught me to work for my goals," said Geyer.  "That if I want something, I have to go after it."

That approach continues to help Geyer as a Hearst intern.  

"I'm constantly asking the photographers questions," said Geyer.  "They're willing to give the interns advice and working with the photographers has been a great part of this experience."

The Hearst internship furthers Geyer's goal of becoming a fashion photographer.  He says the internship helps him reach his goal by connecting him with photographers that currently shoot in the business.

"In a competitive career like fashion photography, finding a job can depend on who you know and how well you work with people," said Geyer.

When describing his typical work day, Geyer says he sets up lights, obtains equipment for the photographers, and assists with image counts in the magazines.

But Geyer might be learning even more outside the studio in the hustle of New York.  

"I take my camera with me when exploring the city.  I photograph the subways and city life," said Geyer, describing his hour-long commute into the city that includes light rails, path trains, and subways.

Geyer said he's making plans to speak with this semester's photography classes at BHSU.  He'll video conference directly from his workspace in Studio D, a view that may inspire other students.

"Our professors at BHSU push us to do our best.  Their influence, along with coming here and seeing the city, helps me know I can do anything," said Geyer.

To access Geyer's online portfolio, visit

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