Artists Space

Photo Club

In the midst of chaotic street scenes, the clutter of noisy construction sites, and the disappearance of historic buildings, students were able to investigate the neighborhood’s architecture as well as their inhabitants. Among our discoveries was a luxurious speakeasy hidden behind a wall of second-hand guitars and cases of antique jewelry in a pawn shop on Essex. We photographed markets in Chinatown and gained behind-the-scenes access to Essex Market while maintaining lively dialogue to unravel assumptions about ethnicities and culture. We were thrilled with our first collaboration with City-As-School high school students in the fall of 2018.

  – Claudia Sohrens, Teaching Artist

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 photo of a crosswalk with a red car standing halfway in it, and a small puddle of water in the foreground.
Asia Negron, Untitled, 2018. [A photo of a crosswalk with a red car standing halfway in it, and a small puddle of water in the foreground.]
A close-up photo of a snake plant in a white pot next to a brick wall, in front of a mural with somoene
Darien Urena, Living Brick, 2018. [A close-up photo of a snake plant in a white pot next to a brick wall, in front of a mural with somoene's instagram handle painted on.]
A boy and two adults standing around an italian ice street cart in front of an SUV.
Garreth Adorna, Afterschool Icies, 2018. [A boy and two adults standing around an italian ice street cart in front of an SUV.]
A close-up phot of a group of of small, lit lamps hanging on a glass wall in an ornate building.
Eva Medina, Untitled, 2018. [A close-up phot of a group of of small, lit lamps hanging on a glass wall in an ornate building.]
A skewed black-and-white image looking up at the façade of a building and the sky. An LED sign spelling "DINER" hangs from the left side of the building.
Eniya Alonzia, The Sky, 2018. [A skewed black-and-white image looking up at the façade of a building and the sky. An LED sign spelling "DINER" hangs from the left side of the building.]
A tile wall with a grid of assorted photographs against a white background. A title to the left of the grid states "Artists Space P.S. 140 Photography Club".
Photo Wall at P.S. 140, Nathan Straus, 2017. [A tile wall with a grid of assorted photographs against a white background. A title to the left of the grid states "Artists Space P.S. 140 Photography Club".]
A black-and-white photo of a man smiling with his arms crossed, standing in front of a number of hanging salamis, and wearing a hat with a logo stating "send a salami"
Ally Bueno, Katz's, 2017. [A black-and-white photo of a man smiling with his arms crossed, standing in front of a number of hanging salamis, and wearing a hat with a logo stating "send a salami"]
A close-up image of two people holding hands, one in a red jacket and the other in a black sweater.
Malkiyah Yehuda, Grasp, 2017. [A close-up image of two people holding hands, one in a red jacket and the other in a black sweater.]
A black-and-white photo of a brick wall covered in graffiti and a pile of broken wood, on top of a crumpled sign stating "hardwood flooring".
Ashley Padin, My Sense of Beauty, 2017. [A black-and-white photo of a brick wall covered in graffiti and a pile of broken wood, on top of a crumpled sign stating "hardwood flooring".]