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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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Brazilian Stories and Selfies Through a Pinhole

Brazilian Stories and Selfies Through a Pinhole - NYTimes.com

Brazilian Stories and Selfies Through a Pinhole 

Great piece in the NYTimes Lens Blog about a pinhole photography workshop in the Mare favela in Rio de Janeiro led by Tatian Altberg. Fantastic photographs. 


Brazilian Stories and Selfies Through a Pinhole - NYTimes.com

In my web searching, I found another article about the project.

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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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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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Season of Cambodia: A Living Arts Festival

Season of Cambodia: A Living Arts Festival is an innovative two-month festival in New York City that currently features a diverse body of programs for April and May of 2013.  The festival partners with over 125 Cambodian artists and organizations in Cambodia and New York to host performances, shows, galleries, panels, residencies, platforms etc. celebrating Cambodia’s history, culture, and diaspora.

One featured Cambodian artist that I am very inspired by is Pete Pin because he uses documentary photography as a tool “to build meaningful dialogues within Diaspora communities in the US, and instigate connections to their personal and collective histories.”  Pin currently works with Cambodian American youth on a project in which the youth are utilizing their iphones to document their families’ photographs and immigration documents to America.  He is very interested in the process that the youth undergo in dialoguing with their families on their diasporic journeys and experiences.  Working with the Cambodian American communities, Pin creates spaces for both the youth and their families to create their own narratives and stories together.

Attending and immersing myself in Season of Cambodia’s programs and events have been useful for myself as both an artist and educator to take away ideas of bridging histories and culture together for creating spaces of more enriching and expansive narratives.

Check out some great events that are currently happening at their calendar!

Traditional Cambodian Dance
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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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The Laundromat Project

A few years ago, we blogged about a community program known as The Laundromat Project. The Laundromat Project is a community-based art program that takes place in local laundromats across New York City. What makes this program unique is the fact that they use a space where people of different races and backgrounds converge. The laundromat is a common ground that all types of people come to, and the downtime created in waiting for laundry creates a perfect opportunity to engage in art. Right now, the project works out of different laundromats in the city, but their long-term goal is to create an art center that adjoins a laundromat and create a more permanent dialogue with a particular space.

I found the most groundbreaking aspect of the project to be its offering of residencies for artists. In their Create Change program, artists have the chance to break out of the independent mindset of working as an individual. Most artist residencies give artists an incubation space for their own work. The Create Change program allows artists to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the community. This departs from the norm, and allows for the artists in residence to explore what is possible when art is integrated into a community setting that would otherwise not be a part.

You can keep up with what The Laundromat Project is doing by visiting their website and calendar.

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Aja Project- Youth + Photography Transformation

Aja is an acronym for the phrase “Autosuficiencia Juntada con Apoyo” which means supporting self-sufficiency. Aja Project is an organization that provides photography based educational programming to youth that have been affected by war and displacement. In this program, the students are taught to think critically about self identity while developing leadership skills.

This non-profit organization is based in San Diego, California and utilizes participatory photography methods in after-school and in-school programs. Since its start in 2000, Aja has helped more than 1,000 displaced youth share their stories with over 1 million viewers. They have had public exhibits at the National Geographic Society’s Explorers Hall, United Nations Headquarter, and the San Diego Museum of Arts.

Aja Project also has two international sister organizations- Record of Truth in Burma and Disparando Cameras (para la Paz) in Colombia. Aja is continuing to look for ways to further expand their unique and life changing program.

You can read more about this organization here!

Photo from Aja

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Teen Empowerment & Employment through the Arts

Artist for Humanity (AFH) is a unique and innovative arts organization that provides empowerment and employment for teens through the arts (painting, photography, sculpture, screen printing and digital media).  Located in Boston, MA since 1991, AFH’s mission “is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid-employment in the arts.”

AFH partners professional artists/mentors with youth to design, produce and market art products from various media.  Growing up in Boston, I have always been a fan of AFH’s work and certainly hope to work with them one day.

Be sure to check out their blog too!

                                                            photo from AFH

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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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