Critical Exposure’s current youth photography exhibit, “5 Years, 5000 Images,” celebrates our first half-decade of work, and features more than 100 photographs from our students. The exhibit reception is on Thursday, April 22nd from 6-8:30pm at the Edison Place Gallery (702 8th St. NW), and will be on display through the 30th. More information about the event can be found here.
Students at Kid Power, Washington, DC
Kid Power-DC and LINK middle school students chose to focus their Critical Exposure photography project and advocacy efforts on school nutrition. Kid Power students took photographs of school lunches and researched facts about nutrition. They then scheduled a meeting with the Executive Director of Food and Nutrition Services for DC Public Schools to discuss their concerns and potential solutions.
“This picture shows gross and unhealthy lunches that get kids sick and unable to participate in class,” writes William, an eighth grader. “This is important to me because I want to be energized and be able to do my work without my stomach growling.”
SHADOWS OF THE ESCALATOR
Monae (6th Grade), Washington, DC
*Monae took this photograph on the way to a field trip to see “The Places We Live” exhibit at the National Building Museum. This image, along with 14 other photos from our MLK ES students, was on display during FotoWeek DC 2009.
In 2009, Critical Exposure partnered with FotoWeek DC’s Kids with Cameras program and art teacher Bryan Hill to teach photography and advocacy to fifth and sixth grade students at Martin Luther King Elementary School in SE DC. Equipped with digital cameras, MLK students documented their communities, families and lives at school. For their final projects, they photographed the changes they wished to see in their communities and composed letters to policymakers including Mayor Adrian Fenty and Chancellor Michelle Rhee.