BJPL students share their experiences exploring their communities, families, and environments — a journey that gave them a voice about social justice issues impacting the South Bronx.
Ruth, 35 years old, has been working with flowers since she arrived in the United States at the age of 18. She works in a flower truck on the corner of White Plains Road and Story Avenue with her three sons and others. This project explores self-employment in immigrant communities. April 2017. © Tony Baizan, 12th Grade
Bronx Documentary Center Junior Photo League
Featuring: Youth photographers in the Bronx Documentary Center Junior Photo League
Moderated by: Michael Kamber
Bronx Documentary Center
Students from the Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) — the Bronx Documentary Center’s after-school documentary photography program — will share the work they created for “Journeys: Immigration Stories,” on view at Photoville. “Journeys” engaged the BJPL students to explore their communities, families, and environments, and gave them a voice about social justice issues that impact the South Bronx. The students will discuss their experiences working on this semester-long documentary project focused on immigration, including finding subjects, creating relationships, interviewing techniques and editing. Michael Kamber, Founder and Executive Director of the Bronx Documentary Center and BJPL teacher, will moderate the discussion.
The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is a nonprofit gallery and educational space. Our mission is to share photography, film, and new media with underserved Bronx communities and the cultural community at large. Through exhibitions, screenings, and public programming, we show the work of internationally-renowned and emerging photographers and filmmakers dealing with the themes that guide the BDC: justice, education, community-building, and positive social change. We also provide free education programs for middle and high school students as well as a professional education program for historically underrepresented adult Bronx-based photographers.
The Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) is a free after-school photography and journalism program serving middle through high school students. The program teaches Bronx youth to use documentary practices to explore their communities, families, environments, and much more. The program focuses on social justice issues in the South Bronx, one of America’s poorest and most underserved communities. Our curriculum gives students an immersive experience in the technical aspects of photography and photo editing as well as programs promoting critical thinking skills, visual and news literacy, and writing practice. The program includes visits with internationally-renowned documentary photographers and field trips to major cultural institutions and media outlets throughout New York City. We host a mid-year portfolio review and a year-end exhibition showcasing photographs, essays, and multimedia pieces our students create about their South Bronx communities.
To see more by the Bronx Documentary Center, visit their Photoville exhibition “Journeys: Immigration Stories.”
This panel is part of Photoville Education Day, and open only to participants of this program.