Self Imagination through Self Portraiture

Based on the project Jua Kali, exhibited at United Photo Industries from February 4 – March 26, 2016.
Lesson Overview

Students use self-portraiture as a way to explore and represent identities. Students are encouraged to use their imagination to design and create worlds outside of their built environment.

Photograph by Tahir Carl Karmali

Learning Objectives
  • Collaborate in a group discussion around identity outside the mainstream
  • Research and analyze self-portraiture through history
  • Contextualize and be inspired by research
  • Design and create their self-portrait using various materials

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


Allison Weinreb, Mary O’Connell and Natalia Guerrero with photographer Tahir Carl Karmali

Featuring work by

Tahir Carl Karmali

Grade Level

6th – 12th grade


Communication, Design, Visual Art

Time Required

3 class sessions

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