Category Archives: Education

Middle School As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Teacher’s Cell Phone 

Middle School As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Teacher’s Cell Phone
What I’ve learned from my students about teaching.

Alice Proujansky, Aperture Foundation teaching artist, documentary photographer, Tisch Photography & Imaging Alumnus, and former teacher in our Community Collaborations (now Future Imagemakers) program.


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Interested in going to college in Photography?

The NYU Tisch Department of Photography & Imaging is hosting our second annual portfolio review day for prospective undergraduate students. This event is produced in conjunction with the Tisch Open House on the same date.

This event is specifically offered for prospective undergraduate freshman and transfer students to receive feedback on photography portfolios. Each participating student will receive an individual appointment to meet one-on-one with a Tisch representative for a 15 minute review.

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Participants must RSVP to receive their individual review appointment. 

The RSVP will register you for the Portfolio Review Day. Registered visitors will receive a confirmation email with their individual review appointment. Participants must RSVP and receive a confirmation with their individual appointment in order to participate in this event. Only the photographer receiving a reviewshould RSVP. Parents and other guests accompanying the photographers are not required to RSVP for the portfolio review.

Please bring 10 to 15 pieces of original work. You may bring up to 3 examples of non-photo based work (paintings, sketches, sculpture, etc.) If you wish to share your work digitally, please bring your own fully charged laptop or tablet.

Please note: Portfolio Review Day is a part of NYU’s Open House events and will not be linked to your admissions portfolio should you decide to apply to NYU.

RSVP and details Here!

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How to Teach Kids About What’s Happening in Ferguson

How to Teach Kids About What’s Happening in Ferguson
from Atlantic Magazine

A list as compiled by a community of teachers, academics, community leaders, and parents to teach about some aspect of the national crisis in Ferguson, Missouri and to teach/talk about race.

More on twitter #fergusonsyllabus

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Classroom Connections

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Eight years ago, Classroom Connections was started to build a community between two Bronx schools—University Heights High School, a public school in one of the poorest congressional districts in America, and the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, a private school with a $43,000/year tuition. Students of each school exchange letters, engage in community service projects, and visit each other to discuss issues such as race relations. This article details a group activity led by Narrative 4 in which students first paired off to tell share stories about their lives and then regrouped to tell their partners’ stories in first person. As someone who attended a prestigious public high school in Manhattan with tremendous resources, I always felt like I was in a bubble and sheltered from truth of the inequality between schools in New York. I was touched by the article and the initiative to foster understanding and empathy between these students, and I definitely believe that there should be more collaborations like this to increase awareness of the state of the school system in New York.

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Maine Media Workshop + College



One of the coolest opportunities I have ever come across for photography summer programs for high school students is the Maine Media Workshop. The way it works is a student applies for a twelve week residency (there are shorter options if you cannot spare the whole summer) that they will devote to a specific category of photography. Some of the choices include:  Digital Photography & Printmaking, Traditional B&W Printmaking, Alternative & Historic Processes & Printmaking, Fine Art Photography, Documentary & Photojournalism, Nature, Landscape, & Travel Photography, and Commercial & Studio Photography. If accepted into the program the student is given a mentor that is an expert in the category they chose. The student will spend their twelve weeks being taught one on one by this mentor as well as attending master classes and workshops. When they are not in class or meetings they can spend their time on the beautiful Maine campus near the sea and develop a project to work on for the summer. They also can choose to design a program that combines multiple categories if they cannot pick just one. It is open to all levels and allows the student the opportunity to escape the demands of real life and focus on developing their craft and a fully realized project that they can use for a portfolio.


To learn more about the program and how to apply visit:

To see work produced by previous students:

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A Thousand Words: Writing From Photographs




A Thousand Words: Writing From Photographs

This article by Casey N. Cep in the New Yorker discusses her switch from using a notebook to her phone camera to prepare for writing a piece. She explores how writing from photographs has changed the way she writes and remembers event. Now instead of reading through pages of notes, she flicks through her photostream allowing her to recall minute details that she might otherwise have forgotten.

Writing from photographs seems as though it should produce the same effect, sharpening the way we convert experiences and events into prose. I suspect that it also changes not only what we write but how we write it. It’s no coincidence that the rise of the selfie coincides with the age of autobiography.”

Her views on writing from photographs are both enlightening and inspiring. It makes you consider how pairing prose and photographs can affect how both are interpreted. Often times authors believe that writing from photographs can deaden the prose, but Cep describes how it can also bring it to life. Photographs jog memory, but also create an alternate reality simply by taking a moment out of its own time stream.  This affect allows a writer to connect moments that were nowhere near each other or related prior to the two photographs being next to each other. It allows an author to re imagine a past event based purely on what was captured in the frame. Writing from photographs can be a helpful tool for journalists, but I also think it would be a helpful exercise for photographers to explore what the thousand words there photographs are worth actually are.

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Photography is About Closeness

The dark fluffy clouds come rolling in, shielding the beaming summer blazing bright sun. A little white church sits in the middle, surrounded by rolling green grass, white fluff budding from the fields, and a sea of yellow happiness, with sprinkles of houses scattered around.

Two African American children go running past the church, playing and laughing. Click. The sun begins to  set painting the sky ever so gently in a soft, fading baby blue color with streaks of peach, a man climbs the a ladder to hang an American flag. Click, his silhouette, with a backdrop of sunflowers and sunset painted sky. A woman sits in her dimly lit house, window light slowly creeps in. Click, the beauty of age shines bright with the light. A basketball goal carefully sits in the front yard, a tire keeping it balanced,the backboard worn and leaning. Click, a boy leaps in the air, still tightly gripping the ball.

This is a portrait of a place, a place that lies in the depths of the backside of Texas, a place most pass up or don’t even get to see. This is a portrait of place, with 50 residents, founded by freed slave. A place that few probably would even see beauty in. It’s an intimate and beautiful portrait of Pelham, Texas.

This and all of Lisa Krantz’s work, an Express-News staff photographer, gives a sense of closeness and intimacy.Photo director at says, “If you’re not getting invited to dinner, you’re not doing your job.” No matter what subject Krantz covers, it’s as if her viewers too are being invited to share in someone’s experience.

And this is why photojournalist are so important to the world, serving as a connection between two indifferent groups.

This article contains advice on how to make your work better as a photographer. lisa-krantz-scripps-14

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How to teach…Photography

The Guardian is one of the UK’s leading news sources and has a strong interest in education trends and support. They created the Teacher Network to help teachers connect and share lesson plans and curriculums. This article from The Guardian Teacher Network highlights a bunch of resources to help teachers get their students photographing.

“Students of all ages are fascinated by taking photos – and, now photography has gone digital, it is easy and cheap to get your students snapping. The Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help schools harness the potential of photography and use it as a really powerful cross-curricular tool.”

They have collected a large number of activities, lesson plans, and resources that are a great starting point for teachers of any subject that want to integrate art into the classroom. Art, in this case photography, can really help a teacher engage their students with any subject. The activities could also be useful in a photography class; especially an intro class, where students are just getting comfortable with their cameras.

Check out the resources and get your students snapping today:

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Museum Archive Leads Bronx Students to Forgotten Slave Burial Ground

reposting from Hyperallergic blog

Museum Archive Leads Bronx Students to Forgotten Slave Burial Ground

Major online archives of accessible images have become regular news out of museums, and part of the reason is stories like this: elementary school kids in the South Bronx have used a photograph from one of those archives to bring about historic recognition for a long-forgotten slave burial ground.

Museum Archive Leads Bronx Students to Forgotten Slave Burial Ground

On January 24, students and staff of PS 48 joined state elected officials and other leaders from the community for a public call to action to give the recently rediscovered cemetery state historic listing, and hopefully national attention. The Hunts Point cemetery was unearthed through a photograph in the Museum of the City of New York’s Collections Portal online. Marked simply “Slave burying ground, Hunts Point Road” and dated to 1910, the washed-out photograph shows a few simple tombstones amid a tumble of dry grass and spindly trees. [read more]

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Visual Literacy Strategies

Great resources about visual literacy from Aperture

Visual Literacy Defined – The Results of a Delphi Study: Can IVLA (Operationally) Define Visual Literacy
Jennifer M. Brill, Dohun Kim, Robert Maribe Branch, PHD; Journal of Visual Literacy, Spring 2007

“Chapter 3: Visual Literacy,” from MEDIA LITERACY in the K–12 Classroom
Frank W. Baker, International Society for Technology in Education
Download the PDF: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

The Visual Literacy White Paper
Dr Anne Bamford. Director of Visual Arts. Senior Lecturer in Interactive Media, Art and Design University of Technology Sydney

Visual Thinking Strategies
Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a method initiated by teacher-facilitated discussions of art images and documented to have a cascading positive effect on both teachers and students. It is perhaps the simplest way in which teachers and schools can provide students with key behaviors sought by Common Core Standards: thinking skills that become habitual and transfer from lesson to lesson, oral and written language literacy, visual literacy, and collaborative interactions among peers.

Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development

What is Visual Literacy?



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