Bronx Students Host Photography Exhibition at Bronx Documentary Center

The photographer’s sister, Rosita, places a crown on their sister Jeimy to celebrate her 16th birthday. Jeimy wasn’t able to have a Quinceañera or a Sweet 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so they instead had a photoshoot at home to celebrate. In this project, Jocelyn photographs herself, her mother, and her sisters to explore their shared Mexican heritage across generations. February 16, 2021, Bronx, NY. © Jocelyn Moreno, 11th Grade / Bronx Documentary Center

The Bronx Junior Photo League are holding both a virtual and in-person exhibition in order to showcase the work of their photographers. The events are being held by the Bronx Documentary Center and almost 50 projects will be showcased.

The on site exhibition will be from June 5th to June 20th at the Bronx Documentary Center.

Beginning in October 2020, students in the Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL), the Bronx Documentary Center’s free documentary photography and college success program for 6th through 12th grade students, met weekly to learn how to document their lives and the lives of others–all through a screen. Despite a year full of uncertainty on safety, schooling, and individual futures, each week teachers and students logged on from their homes throughout the five boroughs, creating, over the course of 9 months,  a community of curious and committed photographers. Throughout this time, in addition to learning how to use DSLR cameras, they delved into news literacy in the wake of the election, created a 2020 time capsule to preserve what they wanted to remember about the year, applied–and were accepted to–college, and photographed and interviewed family members and friends.

The Deets:

JUNE 5 to JUNE 20 ON SITE EXHIBITION: 614 Courtlandt Avenue Bronx, New York 10451

June 3: Virtual Exhibition

For more information, visit www.bronxjuniorphotoleague.org.

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