Category Archives: Media Projects


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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Residents of New York

More Art Presents: Andres Serrano: Residents of New York from More Art on Vimeo.

Residents of New York is a public art project by Andres Serrano. Using a 4×5 view camera, he spent months photographing the homeless residents of New York in response to the changing city and the issue of affordable housing. These photographs will be on display in the West 4th Street subway station, Judson Memorial Church, Laguardia Place, and several phone booths scattered in the city from May 15-June 16. Serrano says that this project was not produced out of a need to address a social issue, but rather, the notion that “if people pay attention to the photos they will go back outside and see the real people.” Early in the semester, we introduced our Future Imagemakers to Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, and I think it’s really interesting to compare the approaches of the artists who both isolate individuals of the city but circulate their images in different ways.

K-12 Web Archiving @ The Internet Archive

K-12 Web Archiving

Great project from the Internet Archive/Wayback Machine

The K12 Web Archiving Program was developed in 2008 with the Library of Congress and the Archive-It team at the Internet Archive. The program provides an opportunity for students – 3rd to 12th grade – to select and save websites for future generations (historians, scholars, their descendants, the general public) to look at 50,100, 500 years from now. The program is kicking off its sixth year with 7 schools in 7 states around the country.

The students’ collections are available here for browsing and searching, and provide an informative, funny, and often touching view into their lives and preferences. more

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Girls Tweeting Not Twerking Their Way to Power

Girls Tweeting Not Twerking Their Way to Power –

great article an what girls are doing through collaborations like our friends at Spark. Here is an excerpt:

Online petitions, like the one leveraged in this campaign, are quickly becoming one of the central strategies for girls and young women creating greater awareness of sexism, and a cost or accountability for those who practice it. Girls like Rios have become modern day Davids taking on the Goliaths of our time — multinational corporations like Facebook and Lego, and media giants, like Seventeen magazine and Clear Channel.

The primary platforms for petitions of this ilk are and — the latter focuses exclusively on gender-related campaigns. Beyond that, a variety of organizations support girls and women to create online campaigns — more broadly called “online organizing” — such as SPARK and Women, Action & Media (WAM), which now does a monthly campaign. I spoke with representatives from these organizations, along with those they’d targeted, about a breadth of campaigns to understand what can be accomplished and what’s still proving elusive.

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Bangladeshi photo agency Drik

Inspring piece in today’s Lens Blog:

Wresting the Narrative From the West 

… Shahidul Alam’s Pathshala school has produced dozens of world-class photographers and given Bangladesh a reputation for exceptional photography. The Chobi Mela photo festival, which Mr. Alam started in 1999, brings photographers from around the world to the capital, Dhaka, and promotes local image-makers and documentarians. His photo agency, Drik, which he started in 1989, sells stories made by Bangladeshi photographers to media outlets worldwide and encourages its photographers to cover stories the way they want to, and not to try to fit a script imposed by outsiders.

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JR & the Inside Out Project

The French artist known as JR works relatively anonymous. After finding a camera in the Paris Metro, he began to study street art around Europe. Before winning a Ted Prize in 2011, JR created projects in Paris, Shanghai, Spain, Los Angeles.

The most interesting and socially engaging in my opinion is the Face 2 Face project in which he posted portraits of Israeli and Palestinian on each side of the separation wall of the two states. Many said it was impossible as it was high illegal, but it managed to be completed. The aim was to show how similar these two peoples were. I feel that though the images were humorous and light, they spoke about a much deeper level of unity. These people are brothers, yet they fight and kill each other.

After many successful but difficult projects, JR applied and was awarded a Ted Prize for his project, Inside Out. JR called for “a global art project” at the Ted Conference. This new project has extended what JR himself does with posting black and white portraits in urban areas. Inside Out allows for people around the world to submit portraits of their own. These portraits are then printed by the project and sent back in order to display in a public space. Guidelines have you group together with at least 5 other people with the same statement of purpose and then Inside Out makes it happen. The project is ongoing and submissions can be made on the site here. JR has recently brought a facet of his project that involves photo booths to Times Square in NYC. Check out the New York Times article here. I find this project so inspiring because you have so many voices just waiting to be heard all around the world. Many do not have the resources to have that voice heard. Inside Out gives these people the opportunity to share their stories with us, while creating a common ground.






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Alexis Lambrous Photos of Young Brooklyn High School Teacher

Alexis Lambrous Photos of Young Brooklyn High School Teacher Lens blog

Today’s lens blog feature begins:

Any thought of law school vanished the moment Ferrin Bujan stepped into a classroom as a student teacher. It was her last year at Queens College, where she was majoring in math and education, and she had been a little uncertain about her future.

“The world turned,” she said. “This is where I wanted to be. I enjoyed helping students who were struggling and knowing I could make a difference for them.” read more

The article continues to tell us the inspiring story of the dedication of Ferron Bujan as a teacher. It is also the story of Alexis Lambrou, a photographer who has dedicated herself to telling the story of new teachers in public high schools. A powerful photoessay is on the lens blog and more photos from the series on Lambrou’s site.

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D.C. students use photography to protest school security – The Washington Post

D.C. students use photography to protest school security – The Washington Post

The small band of guerrilla photographers spread out in schools across the District, snapping photos of metal detectors, police pat-downs, and scuffles between security guards and students. read more

The student photographers Critical Exposure, a nonprofit photography program that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change, based in Washington, D.C.

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Sudden Flowers – Ethopia

 Sudden Flowers project in Ethopia

stories and videos from 2007.

I was reminded of this project today when I was looking at the work of co-founder Eric Gottesman. On his site is a more recent mobile portrait studio project he did with Sudden Flowers in 2011. Other projects with Sudden Flowers are on his site and I was especially intrigued with the touring 2006 project Abul Thona Baraka throughout Ethopia. Members of Sudden Flowers accompanied the exhibition in its travels and engaged audience members in dialog inspired by their photographs > look at the slide show.  Many more links to Sudden Flowers in the photographs and installations section of Eric’s site.

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Birth Culture

Alice Proujansky taught in our Community Collaborations program in 2002. She has been extremely busy since then as a freelance journalist and Teaching Artist and Staff Developer at Urban Arts Partnership in NYC.  Her Birth Culture project was featured in this Sunday’s NY Times.

©Alice Proujansky

Life’s Unequal Beginnings –

Alice Proujansky (BFA 2002)  in the NY Times Sunday Review as part of their Exposures series in The Opinion Pages.

She writes: For the past six years I have been photographing birth, looking at its universal as well as cultural aspects, and the struggle to provide women with safe, respectful care. An estimated quarter of a million women die each year from pregnancy-related causes like pre-eclampsia. Though the number of women who die in pregnancy or childbirth is half what it was 20 years ago, most of these deaths could have been prevented.

My interest in the subject started when I was 18 and on a semester-abroad program in the Dominican Republic, where I ended up with a Spanish immersion internship in the materInity ward of a public hospital. continue reading.

This is the not the fist time the NY Times has featured this work. In 2010, they produced  the multimedia piece “Hope for a Healthy Birth After C-Section” using Alice’s photos.

A freelance photojournalist based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Alice Proujansky’s work has been published by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the BBCNew York MagazineNPR and others. She has also been a teaching artist for many years and now is Staff Developer at Urban Arts Partnership. Alice returns regularly to our department to talk to students in our Community Collaborations project. 

See for more information, to view more images from her Birth Culture project, and to follow her blog.


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