Due to COVID-19, Photography Without Borders will continue programming virtually until it is safe to resume in person classes and events.

About Us

Since 2009 Photography Without Borders has been teaching youth how to tell their powerful, personal stories using traditional and digital photographic techniques.
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Our Story

We call ourselves Photography Without Borders because borders can be both geographical and perceived. We give voice to students in the Kensington and Olney neighborhoods of North Philadelphia, some of the most disenfranchised parts of the city. They use the classroom to communicate their feelings in a supportive space and gain confidence to speak thoughtfully in a group setting. Their powerful stories help create change locally and on class trips. Many of their images have dealt with the violence, blight and drug problems that have plagued North Philly for decades. Their photos have been so powerful that Philadelphia City Council has used them during their hearings as examples of what issues affect the North Philadelphia community. Just taking a group to the Christmas Village in Center City felt like an adventure for many. Imagine their wonder at leaving the country to visit other students in Colombia. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these students documented their struggles and found joy in their daily lives despite the obstacles.

Staff

Tony Rocco

Executive Director

Shoshanna Wiesner

Program Director

Board of Directors

Jesus Rincon

Cassandra Avila

Richard W Gretzinger

Alejandro Alvarez

Rey Sierra

Student Representative

LuzSelenia Salas

Secretary

Bill Jordan

Chair

Adjunct Members

Colin Burgess

Rafaela Colon

Consultant

A Visual History

Take a trip down memory lane with us on some of our international adventures:
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