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Recap: Looking at Me, Looking at You, Looking at Us

A recap of the Community Educational Partnerships 'Looking at Me, Looking at You, Looking at Us' exhibition.

 - May 12, 2014

Looking at Me, Looking at You, Looking at Us, an exhibition of photographs made by elementary and middle school students, and the culmination of the visual-literacy curriculum implemented by Aperture Community Educational Partnerships, was on view at Aperture Gallery from April 26 to May 3. The exhibit consisted of photographs and photobooks by students from the Grand St. Settlement and Hudson Guild Beacon Community Centers in grades four to eight. Over the course of the academic year, Aperture teaching artists introduced students to photographic techniques, vocabulary, and masterworks. The students were then asked to apply what they had learned to their own personalized photobook projects.

We were continually impressed with the imagination, wit, and adventurous natures of these young people once they had cameras in their hands. Several themes the students were especially interested in were street portraits, light, architecture, food, graffiti, and cityscapes.

A group of students stopped by Aperture Gallery during the exhibition, where they excitedly and proudly pointed out the photographs they had made. It was very “official,” in their words, to see their work on our gallery walls.

See the online exhibition here.

Learn more about Aperture Community Educational Partnerships.