Photography Speaker on SFM 2012
Posted in School of Frontier Media on December 15, 2011 by Administrator
The SFM Perth is excited to have Dennis
Fahringer speaking on Photography in 2012. Dennis has over 45 years of experience in photography. He is passionate about seeing people
grow in their skills, and has channelled that passion into leading the Schools
of Photography 1 & 2 at the Youth With A Mission base in Kona. There, Dennis has taught, influenced,
and encouraged many hundreds of students in their skills in photography.
Dennis' involvement in missions and photography
goes back to finding a brochure that listed 200 different skills that could be
used in missions. He says, “I had
always heard about missions but I thought that a missionary had to be a
teacher, preacher, doctor, or nurse. I never knew that God could use a
photographer.” That awareness has now led Dennis to travel to 48 countries with
his camera, and to lead over 30 YWAM training schools in Photography. His primary interests in photography are
people, especially candid portraits, photojournalism and travel.
Photography has always been a key part of the School of Frontier Media training, and the staff and students of the SFM are
privileged to have a missions photographer of such experience and passion join us on the upcoming school. We are excited to
glean all that he has to share with us.
Scroll down for a short biography of Dennis and some examples of his
work from China and Egypt.
From Dennis’ biography:
Dennis Fahringer was born in Allentown, PA,
in the U.S. His interest in photography began in 1963. His parents thought it
would be just a passing fancy; they were wrong. Dennis worked for three years
in high school on the student weekly newspaper and yearbook staff. While in
college, he also worked another three years for the school’s newspaper and
yearbook as a photojournalist.
After college, he started a business for
three years as a freelance photographer in Bethlehem, PA. During that time, God
called him into a 2.5 year commitment in missions as a photographer with the
Christian Service Corps (CSC) at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. After
six months there, he married the love of his life, Jo, and they’ve been
together in missions ever since.
In 1977, Dennis and Jo moved to the
Netherlands to work for the Dilaram House discipleship ministry, based at Heidebeek
in Heerde. There, during their School of Evangelism, they discovered that that
ministry was actually part of Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Dennis served not
only with YWAM in the Netherlands, but also world-wide, plus other Christian
organizations in Europe who lacked a photographer of their own.
His invitation to teach in several Schools
of Graphic Design in Hurlach, Germany YWAM, led to his pioneering the School of
Photography I at Heidebeek. After more than 11 years based at Heidebeek,
Dennis, his wife, Jo, his daughter, Jessica, and son, Jeremy, moved to
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA. He’s been based there for more than 23 years.