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Photography Without Borders: ‘Everybody could use some hope, especially in Kensington.’
This North Philly photo program empowers students to tell their own stories.
Most of the students in the North Philadelphia-based Shutterbugs photography program join because they’re curious about how they can take more “aesthetic” photos for Instagram.
But rather than focus on selfies, the students learn how to use the medium as a tool to tell stories about themselves and their neighborhoods.
Since 2017, Trillo has been following groups of people moving north through Central America. In her new exhibition at the InLiquid Gallery, her photos are shown alongside the work of teenage Latinas in Philadelphia documenting their own lives. “Young Americans” juxtaposes the struggles of coming to the U.S. with the struggles of growing up in the U.S.
The photographer’s Young Americans exhibition combines Trillo’s work with that of students from the photography group, Photography without Borders (PWB), an after school, youth photography program.
Photography Without Borders is proud to announce the second publication of a nationally-distributed magazine devoted solely to the experiences of our students as they persist in the face of COVID-19.
The powerful images and stories the students share on these pages allow us a glimpse into their lives and how they, their families, and others in North Philly are coping with this historic pandemic.
Welcome to our Images of Quarantine Edition!
This edition pushes us to pause and appreciate the unique time in which we’re living. It beckons us out of the familiar format of motivational stories and poetry you’ve come to expect from Motivos’ four sections on Culture, Life, College Prep, and Career Exploration, and into the world of visual storytelling.
La vida en lockdown
The COVID-19 pandemic has, for many of us, revealed the resilience of the people in our lives. Within the Photography Without Borders community I count myself a part of, I learned about the strength of the students and instructors we work with to break barriers of perceived access to the arts.