2023 Year in Review Book Launch

Saturday, October 21 · 5 - 7pm EDT
Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc
2600 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133

Join us to applaud the Photography Without Borders students who used their courage and curiosity to create stunning images in this published book collection.

Listen to emerging artists discuss their process and where they want to go next on their journeys. Purchase your own copy and score some autographs!

Light refreshments, please sign up each attendee for an accurate count.


Exhibit at The Church of St. Asaph
Bala Cynwyd

Photography from classes at:
Stetson Middle School
Hostos Elementary
Pantoja Elementary
Kensington Health Sciences Academy

Photo Fest: Youth Photography Fundraiser
Friday, April 28, 2023

Photo Fest

Photo Book Fair

September 24, 2021
Cherry Street Pier
121 North Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The 20/20 Photo Festival is thrilled to host its second photo book fair at Cherry Street Pier on Saturday, September 24th, 2022 from 1-6pm. A key anchor of the vibrant Waterfront district, Cherry Street Pier is an artist hub, with gallery spaces and studios that help make the arts accessible to all. This FREE event gives participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in a wide variety of photographic art all under one roof. The fair features 20+ vendors including artists, book publishers, printers, galleries, students, and more. There will also be an artist bookmaking demo with Esther K. Smith of Purgatory Pie Press, a photography exhibit titled 'In These Strange and Uncertain Times' on display presented by Gravy Studio, and for World Cyanotype Day there will be a cyanotype making table with artist Jaime Alvarez. Thank you to our sponsor Unique Photo, a great photography store and arts supporter in Philadelphia. Unique Photo is your one stop shop for everything photographic; take a class, rent a camera or equipment, and purchase and get your film developed.


Opening Reception: In These Strange & Uncertain Times... Continued

September 22, 2021, 6 PM
2424 E York Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Gravy Studio is proud to present In These Strange & Uncertain Times…Continued at our main gallery in Fishtown at 2424 East York St. This show is a continuation of an exhibit curated by Jelsomine Media at Cherry Street Pier. This collection of photos highlights work by Adrian René, a Haitian American documentary and street photographer, along with behind the scenes photos from our events over the summer of 2022 taken by Kevin Bass, Mario Cabral, and Photography Without Borders students.
Adrian René’s goal as a photographer is to blur the lines of de facto segregation through his images. No matter where one is from, his audience can see themselves in his work. In essence, his images evoke a self realization that all humans are chasing the same feelings of love, mercy, and compassion. To do this, his work gravitates towards the youth of Philadelphia, through their eyes he tells the story of the past, current, and future state of the world we live in. The portraits in this exhibit were taken at one of the free community photo days held at Northern Liberties Recreation Center, where René captured the last few moments of summer.
Additionally, we will have work by Kevin Bass, Mario Cabral, and Photography Without Borders students. During the summer of 2022, Jelsomine Media & Gravy Studio held two free community photo days, where community members participated in personalized photo shoots and received prints of their images, free of charge. To celebrate these events and our vibrant community as a whole, Gravy Studio is displaying these behind the scenes photos.
All proceeds from these exhibitions will benefit Homies Helping Homies, a mutual aid effort in Southwest Philadelphia. Artist Kevin Bass, featured in the exhibition, also serves as the co-founder of this organization.

La Feria del Barrio

September 11, 2021, from 12 PM to 6 PM.
North Fifth Street between Huntingdon and Somerset Streets

Since 1979, La Feria del Barrio has celebrated Latino culture, family, and the economic and educational aspirations of the people of North Philadelphia with:

  • Live Latin music and dancing
  • Latino food delicacies
  • Art and crafts
  • Much, much more

We can’t wait to see you there.

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
5 pm to 7 pm
Las Parcelas Garden, 2248 Palethorp Street

Our youth has been working all Summer long and now it’s time to celebrate all that they’ve accomplished! 🔥😎☀️

Please join NSNP, in collaboration with @photography.without.borders and @paintedbrideartcenter to our Summer Program Celebration.

It’s a potluck, please bring a dish 😋

Expect to see youth performances, art exhibitions, farm stand and so much more!

We can’t wait to see you there.

Saturday, August 6, 2022
Bartram's Garden
5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143

Join Photography Without Borders to take photos and be photographed for September exhibit at Gravy Gallery as part of the 20/20 Photo Festival with Homies Helping Homies, a community mutual aid initiative focusing on food and household item distribution in the Point Breeze neighborhood of South Philadelphia.

Explore the 50 acre public park with your family, friends, and pets!
Light refreshments provided, bring your lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables.

Then catch up with us on September 2nd, 2022
to view portraits of our students with other individuals
making positive contributions in the community at
Gravy Studio & Gallery at 2424 E. York St.
as part of the 20/20 Photo Festival

20/20 photo festival
20/20 Photo festival

Young Americans

Exhibition Opens On: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

InLiquid is proud to present Young Americans at the InLiquid Gallery. Young Americans presents new work from Ada Trillo along with work from students of Photography without Borders (PWB), a group of Latinx teens whom Trillo mentored in 2020-2021.Trillo is an award-winning Mexican-American photographer who has become known for her deeply evocative images of migrants at the U.S./Mexican border. Many of the included photographs in Young Americans were taken during 2020 and 2021 while Trillo traveled with the large caravans of migrants hoping to achieve a better life in the United States. Through the course of this project Trillo shared her experiences and expertise with the young artists of PWB who she then challenged to create their own photo essays about their conceptions of what it means to be American. Young Americans culminates in the juxtaposition of the quest for those actively seeking to become American, with the perceived meaning of being American by local Philadelphia youth.This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Joseph Roberts Foundation and the Friends of InLiquid.Join us for the Second Thursday Reception, December 9thThis show can be viewed at the InLiquid Gallery every Wednesday through Saturday between 12-6pm from December 8th, 2021 – January 22nd, 2022. There will be a reception open to the public for Second Thursday, December 9th, from 6-9pm. RSVP here!

Image By: Ada Trillo

Image By: Ada Trillo

Exhibition at Taller Puertorriqueno


Photo Diaries: Philadelphia Latinx and Black students exhibit photographs of their COVID stories; send messages of Solitude, Pain, and Hope

Photography Without Borders partners with Taller Puertorriqueno to present images from the Photo Diaries class through the Youth Artist Workshop this June. The Children & Youth Create Art exhibit includes students’ experiences during the COVID-19 quarantine. The powerful images and stories the students share on these walls allow us a glimpse into their lives and how they, their families, and others in Philadelphia are coping with this historic pandemic.

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Rey Sierra on Photography Without Borders

Rey was the Photo Diary Sensei and instructor. Hear, in his own words, the impact photography has made on his students and himself.

Images from the show: