Living City: Cycles of Change

Based on the exhibition Living in the City, presented at Photoville 2017 by the Department of Records and Information Services.
Lesson Overview

Given archival photos and cameras, students will analyze patterns of change in their neighborhoods, between 1988 to 2018, by documenting current areas and predicting what will change in the next 30 years.

Photograph by Larry Racioppo/NYC-HPD

Learning Objectives
  • Collaborate with peers to identify differences and commonalities between themselves
  • Create a unified photographic mural representing their school community
  • Practice the values of individuality, democracy, diversity and collaboration

This lesson plan was created during United Photo Industries’ Spring 2018 Teacher Professional Development Day. Many thanks to PhotoWings for supporting UPI Education!


Lothar Troeller, Meghan Clark, and Chela Crinnion with curators Michael Lorenzini and Dante Matero

Featuring photography from

the NYC Municipal Archives

Grade Level

9th – 10th grade



Time Required

1 – 2 weeks

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