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What do people fail to understand about the lives of black Americans? Or the lives of anyone of color?

#HereIsMyAmerica – The New York Times

Future Imagemakers Lead Teacher Bayete Ross Smith is now embedded as an artist at The New York Times with Race/Related, a collaboration with the independent documentary showcase POV.

The portraits above show me in a variety of different clothing, all of it my own. On any given day, you might encounter me in one form or another.

It’s all part of a larger series I created, which also involved people of different backgrounds and genders. In every case, the facial expressions and lighting stay the same; all that changes is the subject’s clothing.

So the question is: What personal preconceptions do you, or any viewer, project onto me? Or others?…

#HereIsMyAmerica — a project we’re launching here and on Instagram — is an attempt to counter that simplistic approach.

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2016 Future Imagemakers

You are invited Come Join Us

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2015 Future Imagemakers


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APPLY for our 2015 workshop

APPLY Our Spring program will take place every Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm, February 7th to May 9th, for a total of 12 weeks. Bayeté Ross Smith and NYU student teaching assistants will be teaching our 2015 workshop. LINK TO APPLICATION

The high school students work in the digital labs at The Department of Photography and Imaging. Digital cameras are provided for the high school students to photograph their families, friends, and communities to create photographic essays exploring their day-to-day lives, dreams, concerns, and social-political challenges.  Perfect attendance and punctuality are required along with a dedication to developing a personal vision. Students are expected to provide their own transportation and lunch. See our FAQ page for more information. View our Student Projects Galleries for inspiration.

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7 Departments at Tisch have programs for high school students this spring. To view the full list, visit the Tisch Future Artists page.

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Future Imagemakers Spring 2015 Applications

Our Spring 2015 Future Imagemakers digital photography workshop will take place on Saturdays from February – May, 2015. There will be a open house on  Saturday, September 20, from 12-1. Please RSVP and you will emailed more information on exact location.

Applications will be soon be live. To be notified, please send an email to or check back soon. Visit our Student Project Galleries.

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Future Imagemakers and Future Film Scholars Book Collaboration

Throughout the semester the Saturday Future Imagemakers have been working on a collaboration with the Future Film Scholars. The goal of the collaboration was to create a book of the Future Imagemakers photographs and writing about the photographs that the Future Film Scholars wrote. We just recently got the writing back from the Film Scholars and were thrilled with the results. In the next few weeks we will put the book together.. Above you can find the pages of the book. The Future Imagemakers were really excited about the way the Film scholars interpreted their work!

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Future Imagemakers on the NY Times Lens Blog

Ten of the 2013 Future Imagemakers submitted images to the New York Times Lens Blog Hometown project. Click HERE to see a slideshow of the work.

photo by Javen Barino

“My Hometown”  [is] a vibrant document of 4,289 images submitted by teenagers in school- or community-based photography programs across the United States, including rural villages and urban neighborhoods, wealthy suburbs and blue-collar Rust Belt towns.

While participants only photographed their own communities, together, the images create an important and lasting document of America today as seen by teenagers. They are published today in an interactive feature that opens with a selection of 145 photographs and is also searchable by state and by photographer. Many of the images will be archived at the Library of Congress in the Prints and Photographs Division. [Read more and see more of the 4,289 images submitted by teens throughout the country.]

It’s so exciting to see their work in the NY Times.

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View our New Galleries

CLICK to see our 2013 Student Projects

And JOIN US today, May 10, from 5:30-7:00 pm in Room 844 in Photography & Imaging to celebrate!

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Friday, May 10, 5:30-7:00 pm

Mark your calendars….

Future Imagemakers 2013

Check out the 2013 Future Imagemakers Tumblr

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Spring 2013 Future Imagemakers-Latest Student Work

Future Imagemakers is an innovative after-school program run by the Photography & Imaging Department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  It gives high school students the opportunity to learn about digital photography, create, and develop ideas that are taught by NYU students.

This year, we are lucky to have 13 very talented young students join us from high schools all over New York City as well as Long Island.  Comprised of sophomore and juniors, students came in with different photography backgrounds and skill levels but all have a strong passion and dedication for the art.

Some of our assignments have included photographing the students’ community, family members and strangers, as well as shooting a series inspired by a song or piece of literature.  The students also visited the Allen Ginsberg exhibit at the NYU Grey Gallery, practiced shooting out in Washington Square Park, and will have the opportunity to shoot out on St. Marks and take a field trip to MoMa later in the spring.

Our goal for this program is to help students not only understand how to shoot with DSLRs and work in Adobe Bridge and Photoshop, but to also help them cultivate new ideas, open them up to new works of art, and show them the importance and power that photography has in our world.  We also have a class blog so feel free to check it out!

Below is a slideshow of images from students’ work so far this semester.  Each photo was chosen by the students themselves.

Photo by: Javen BarinoPhoto by: Emily ChinPhoto by: Taesha CallaghanPhoto by: Christine CohranPhoto by: Janiella FranklinPhoto by: Roger FreemanPhoto by: Lily HarirPhoto by: Yanlery HernandezPhoto by: Ethan JudelsonPhoto by: Eric LiPhoto by: Cocoa LynchPhoto by: Kendall PrattPhoto by: Esther Turay


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