Artists Space

BRIDGE Photography

It is difficult to think about community without thinking about intention. The intentionality that each of us bring into a space (whether it be online or in person) becomes the brick and mortar of the community we actively (or in some cases passively) build with others. In the face of the pandemic, we were searching for new ways to engage with remote learners in meaningful ways. And while we no longer had access to the vintage 35 mmm film cameras that we’ve used in previous years, this year students examined the art of storytelling through cell phone photography, giving them a challenge to look at their own lives and surroundings from a fresh perspective, as they turned their lenses and storytelling skills “inward and homeward” to create personal documentary projects of their families and themselves.

– Claudia Sohrens, Teaching Artist

Untitled, Taro Quirk, City-As-School high school student, 2021, digital photograph.
Scavenger Hunt, Serena Booth, City-As-School high school student, 2021, digital photograph.
A photo of students sitting around a table, watching a YouTube video and speaking to one another.
City-As-School students critiquing images, 2019. [A photo of students sitting around a table, watching a YouTube video and speaking to one another.]
Two students holding up a grid of photos on a white background.
City-As-School students installing photo wall, 2019. [Two students holding up a grid of photos on a white background.]
A figure centered in the image stares at the viewer wearing a backwards cap. The background appears as a monochrome gray.
Viv Latta, from NYC streets portfolio, 2020, digital photograph [A figure centered in the image stares at the viewer wearing a backwards cap. The background appears as a monochrome gray.]
A painted orange sun outlined in yellow with light orange rays with a black background is visible in the upper corner of a ceiling with cyan moulding.
Lucas Pedernieras, from Huh portfolio, 2020, digital photograph [A painted orange sun outlined in yellow with light orange rays with a black background is visible in the upper corner of a ceiling with cyan moulding.]
Two dogs face each other at an angle on eggshell colored sand.
Malachi Sherrill, from Dogs portfolio, 2020, digital photograph [Two dogs face each other at an angle on eggshell colored sand.]
A figure wearing a red hoodie pours oil into a cooking pan on a stove while a figure wearing a T-shirt and jeans in the background chops a produce item. Another pot is visible on the stove along and a cabinet and light appear above the stove.
Isa Suero, from Help, 2020, portfolio, digital photograph [A figure wearing a red hoodie pours oil into a cooking pan on a stove while a figure wearing a T-shirt and jeans in the background chops a produce item. Another pot is visible on the stove along and a cabinet and light appear above the stove.]
A window sill with cups, cans and cloth is visible and a crane can be seen outside of the window with the text: "New Holland" written on it. Circular green graffitti is visible on the facade of the building behind the crane.
Keeph Little, Artists Space construction site no.1, 2020, digital photograph [A window sill with cups, cans and cloth is visible and a crane can be seen outside of the window with the text: "New Holland" written on it. Circular green graffitti is visible on the facade of the building behind the crane.]
One figure is looking at the ground with their back facing the camera and another painted figure appears frontally looking down. They both are around a bright light emerging from below. A black wall covers the right half of the image.
Keeph Little, Artists Space construction site no. 2, 2020, digital photograph [One figure is looking at the ground with their back facing the camera and another painted figure appears frontally looking down. They both are around a bright light emerging from below. A black wall covers the right half of the image.]