Aperture On Sight: Teaching Visual Literacy through Photography
May 21 - August 11, 2016
  • Photo by Hakima S., grade 11, East Side Community High School
  • Photo by Jeffery J., grade 6, Grand St. Settlement
  • Photo by Kristian C., grade 7, Storefront Academy
  • Photo by Yasmeen D., grade 7, Storefront Academy
  • Photo by Helen V., grade 7, I.S. 61 Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Photo by Daniel M., grade 11, East Side Community High School

Opening reception:

Saturday, May 21, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Aperture Gallery summer hours:

Monday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday
Designed to cultivate visual literacy through photography and photobook creation, Aperture’s youth programs support the development of observational, reasoning, language-arts, and image-creation competencies. Our curriculum fosters an appreciation for the photographic medium as a vehicle for self-expression and an understanding of photography’s role in documenting history and culture. To learn more about the program, please visit aperture.org/youth-programs


This exhibition features photographs and photobooks made by students of Aperture’s 2015/16 visual literacy program, Aperture On Sight. Over the course of twenty classes, these students strengthened their visual literacy skills by learning how to analyze and interpret images—a cognitive ability that is decidedly valuable in today’s wired world. Aperture’s curriculum expands students’ visual literacy by teaching them to look carefully, articulate ideas using photographic language, and interpret and create meaning through an understanding of form, content, and context. The lessons encourage collaboration and inquiry-based learning so that students may connect personally with photographs made by both their peers and master photographers. These students learn how to visually communicate their ideas, construct and defend their interpretations, create photographs with intention and meaning, and make self-published photobooks that share their stories. It will be the visually literate among us who will be the most effective communicators in the digital age, which is why Aperture Foundation is committed to helping young people strengthen their visual literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Aperture’s program this year reached over one hundred students at seven locations, which include Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School (BCAM), Highland Park Community School, I.S. 61 Leonardo da Vinci, M.S. 136 Charles O. Dewey, Storefront Academy Harlem, East Side Community High School, and Grand St. Settlement’s after-school programs, facilitated by the Beacon Community Center and School’s Out New York City (SONYC).

Aperture’s teaching artists include Community Partnerships Coordinator Alice Proujansky, Zalika Azim, Adair Ewin, Alexis Lambrou, Christopher Lopez, Pete Pin, Nancy Schneider, and José Soto. Additional support was provided by school staff members Trayisha Adams, Gordon Baldwin, Logan Blouin, David Dennis, Brightwan Harold, Kyle Heyward, Leigh Klonsky, Sarina Maros, Victor Munoz, and James O’Brien. Aperture’s Education staff includes Deputy Director Sarah McNear, Education and Public Programs Assistant Ashley Strazzinski, and Education Work Scholar Becca Imrich.

The 2015/16 programs have been made possible with support from The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundations, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Reba Judith Sandler Foundation, and a gift from Agnes Gund. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council and Grand St. Settlement. The curriculum aligns with the national Common Core standards for college readiness and the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.