1:40- 2:40pm | Panel: Photography Shaping Communities

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1:40 – 2:40pm | Sunday 9/29

Panel: Photography Shaping Communities

Featuring Kathleen Christie (Brooklyn Arts Council), Russell Frederick, Brenna McLaughlin, Janay McNeil, Jessica Colon (Deputy Program Director at Red Hook Community Justice Center), Stephen Braithwaite (student participant from Red Hook program) and Vianny (student participant from Brownsville)

This summer, 36 young people from the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville and Red Hook participated in a participatory photography program that teaches a documentary style of photography focused on issues related to their neighborhoods and self-exploration. In this panel, students from the program in Brownsville and Red Hook will present their photographs from the summer followed by a conversation about participatory photography, and ways that photography can be used to address social justice issues in the community.

Participatory photography gives youth the opportunity to connect in a visual dialogue that often excludes them. This project employs professional photographers to teach participants photography skills and engages students through a series of workshops, class critiques and culminates in a final exhibit. Teaching Artists Russell Frederick, Sam Barzilay, Brenna McLaughlin and Janay McNeil facilitated these workshops and students crafted visual stories from their own unique perspectives.

This presentation will take place in the Photoville Talk Area – located at the storefront of One Brooklyn Bridge Park at 360 Furman St Brooklyn, NY 11201.



(top) Jessica Rochez | Untitled, Brooklyn, NY 2013 (from the Brownsville Community Justice Center (bottom) Nascha Streng | Save Domino, Brooklyn, NY 2013 (from the Red Hook Community Justice Center)

PhotoVoice is funded by the New York City Mayor’s Office Center for Economic Opportunity. This project is in collaboration between four Brooklyn organizations – The Red Hook Community Justice Center, the Brownsville Community Justice Center (both projects of the Center for Court Innovation), the Brooklyn Arts Council and United Photo Industries.

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