Youth Program - Our Teaching Artists

Community Partnerships Coordinator, Teaching Artist at M.S. 136

Alice Proujansky is Aperture On Sight’s community partnerships coordinator, as well as the author and photographer of the Aperture children’s book Go Photo. She holds a BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Proujansky has taught photography to underserved youth and led professional development sessions for educators with Urban Arts Partnership, the Red Hook Community Justice Center, and the New York City Department of Education. A practicing photojournalist covering working motherhood and birth, her work has been published in the New York Times, New York magazine, the Guardian, the New Republic, and others.


Storefront Academy Harlem

Christopher Lopez was born in the Bronx and raised between New York and northern New Jersey. He studied photography at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Florence, Italy. Lopez has been working as a photojournalist since 2005, starting at the New York City-based newspaper El Diario La Prensa. In 2008, he received support from the non-profit photography organization En Foco for his project Puerto York, a photographic study of Puerto Rican culture on both the island of Puerto Rico and in the boroughs of New York. Lopez’s photographs have appeared in El Diario La Prensa, Urban Latino magazine, and the New York Times. In 2012, Lopez became Aperture’s first teaching artist for its newly founded education department. He piloted the first program on photography, visual literacy, and the process of photobook-making for kids from kindergarten to grade 12 at the Grand St. Settlement Beacon Center on the Lower East Side.


Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School

Alexis Lambrou is a Pittsburgh-born, Brooklyn-based photographer and teaching artist. She earned her degree in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Lambrou has taught photography at Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School, the New York Public Library, and Photoville. She is the program coordinator for the Photography & Human Rights Fellowship at Magnum Foundation. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Anthropology Now, Hemispheres Magazine, and Education Week, among others.


East Side Community High School

Pete Pin is a Cambodian American, Brooklyn-based photographer. Born in the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp on the border of Cambodia and Thailand following the Khmer Rouge’s rule of Cambodia and raised in California, his work explores themes of memory, generational trauma, and identity in the Cambodian American community. A high school dropout, Pin received his BA in political science at the University of California, Berkeley—where he graduated with high honors and received an award for outstanding honors thesis—and studied documentary photography at the International Center of Photography. Pin has taught photography to teenagers at the New York Public Library for the Magnum Foundation.


M.S. 136

Zalika Azim is a conceptual artist, archivist, curator, and documentarian. Conceptualizing her work predominantly through photography, Azim creates installation, performance, collage, and sound pieces, while investigating the complexities of revisiting space, history, and memory as they relate to the construction of personal and collective narratives. She holds a BFA in photography and imaging from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, as well as a BA in social and cultural analysis focused in Africana and gender and sexuality studies from the College of Arts and Science, New York University.


M.S. 136

Emily Stewart graduated from The New School University in New York City with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Culture and Media Studies. She is a Brooklyn-based photographer and the current Education Work Scholar at Aperture where she helps coordinate the Aperture On Sight program. Emily interned for Blind Spot Magazine, volunteered at The National Academy Museum in New York, and taught a summer photography course to both middle and high school students.

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