WASHINGTON (April 21, 2004)—National Geographic Contributing Photographer-in-Residence Annie Griffiths Belt will give 19 New York City high school students a unique opportunity to look at their city in a new way during National Geographic PHOTO CAMP 2004. From April 23-26, the students will fan out across Times Square as they shoot, edit and design a portrait of Zip Code 10036 — Times Square — based on National Geographic magazine’s monthly ZipUSA feature. Times Square celebrates its 100th anniversary this month.
Joining Griffiths Belt at the camp will be National Geographic magazine illustrations editor Bert Fox and New York Times photographer Stephen Crowley. They will brief the students on their photographic vision and techniques, accompany them on assignments, critique their work and guide the students through the process of creating a story.
The student photographers come from New York Public High School for Fashion Industries (HSFI), the only school of its kind on the East Coast. Students were selected for the workshop on the basis of their essays about why they wanted to participate in PHOTO CAMP. They all have some photographic experience through their school’s partnership with the International Center of Photography (ICP). An integrated curriculum designed by ICP and HSFI includes a foundation photography course, an after-school club for students and teachers, and a documentary workshop. These classes take place in a state-of-the-art facility in their school built by ICP, which includes a 10-station darkroom, a film-processing area, and a studio/classroom.
“Our photographers are thrilled to be able to help mentor a new generation of photographers,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s executive vice president, mission programs. “PHOTO CAMP gives young adults the opportunity to see the world in a different way — through the lens.”
ICP will host the final day of PHOTO CAMP and will exhibit students’ work at its annual HSFI student exhibition at the School of the International Center of Photography on June 15th.
The National Geographic Society Education Foundation, whose mission is to prepare children to embrace a diverse world, succeed in a global economy and steward the planet’s resources, has joined with the Contributing Photographers-in-Residence program to sponsor PHOTO CAMP 2004.
The Contributing Photographers-in-Residence program was established in 2001 to showcase and support the work of some of the world’s preeminent photojournalists. The contributing photographers work at National Geographic Society headquarters on projects like PHOTO CAMP 2004, in tandem with their specialized, ongoing work in photojournalism, making appearances, giving lectures and exhibiting their work internationally. The Society also supports Masters of Photography workshops — a university outreach program — in which Contributing Photographers-in-Residence give classroom lectures, critique student photographer portfolios and present public lectures with slide presentations.
PHOTO CAMP 2004 is sponsored by the National Geographic Society, in partnership with VisionWorkshops of Annapolis, Md., and the New York Times. Cameras have been donated by Nikon; film has been donated by Kodak.
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VisionWorkshops is a mentoring program based on the foundation of photojournalism and is based in Annapolis, Md. The program encourages youth to find a voice through the use of photography and writing, and to convey their perspectives to others through VisionWorkshops’ public exhibitions.