The Philidelphia Photo Arts Center has been putting on the Honickman Teen Photo Program for 10 years now. Teen Photo is an afterschool program that’s free for Philadelphia public high school students. Here’s how PPAC describes the program:
Students are provided with a DSLR camera, and meet weekly with friends and mentors. Over eight months, they learn to take, edit, and print photographs, experiment with forms and genres, and explore the city through museum visits and photo walks. As the teens expand their thinking both critically and creatively, they build confidence and develop a love of learning that helps them grow in every aspect of their lives.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first year Teen Photo isn’t culminating with a physical gallery exhibition. The pandemic disrupted Teen Photo, but many of the students continued their work via online virtual meetings. Instead of a physical gallery, you can check out 17 students’ work in a virtual gallery, some of which is top-notch street photography and portraiture. Head over to the website to check out their work, and if you find an image you love, you can purchase it for $25. Here’s to the next generation of street shooters.