On Tuesday, April 5th, we wrapped up our Documentary Photography class at The Green School, a local public high school, with a final exhibition of student work at UnionDocs.
During this six week photography workshop taught by photographer Brenna McLaughlin in cooperation with history teacher, Kyle Van Nort, students were introduced to the life and work of photojournalist Gordon Parks. The lessons sought to improve the student’s visual literacy and provide context on the use of documentary images in the struggle for civil rights. We also took students on a field trip to the International Center of Photography, which donated the time of two museum educators to give a tour of the current exhibitions to the class.
Students were also given the opportunity to produce their own images and encouraged to focus on their daily lives. Disposable film cameras were donated by Kodak and photo development was donated by Duggal. A few samples of the excellent student work that resulted is shown in the slideshow above.
We thank the Brooklyn Arts Council, BRIC, the Green School, Kodak, DUGGAL, and the International Center of Photography, for making this residency possible.