Sep 192019
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Future Imagemakers Present

Steven Tovar from his series Please Don’t Let Me Die This Summer

Steven Tovar from his series Please Don’t Let Me Die This Summer

Young artists from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Future Imagemakers speak out about the power of photography and the issues that are important to them.

Moderators: Lorie Novak

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

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Presented by:

  • NYU Tisch Department of Photography and Imaging

Young artists from the 2019 Future Imagemakers program will show selections from their projects, and discuss their motivations, ideas, and what draws them to photography. These high school students are using their cameras to tell important stories exploring their communities, families, the environment, gun violence, immigration, human rights issues, and more.

This panel is part of Photoville Education Day, and also part of the Youth Photo Summit which is open to the public.

The 2019 Future Imagemakers presenting include:

Michael McNish is from Passaic, New Jersey and a senior at Passaic Arts & Science Charter High School.

Victoria Rosales is the daughter of Argentinian immigrants and lives in Waterbury, CT. She is a a junior at Holy Cross High School.

Wing Shek was born in Hong Kong and moved to New York City when she was 10. She is a senior at Queens High School for the Sciences at York College.

Steven Tovar is from the Bronx and is a senior at The High School of Fashion Industries.

Emma Kagan is a first generation Russian-American and lives in the Bronx. She is a sophomore at the Beacon School.

Mariana Luna-Martinez is from Newark where she is a senior at Saint Vincent Academy.

Moderator Bios

  • Lorie Novak

    Lorie Novak

    Lorie Novak is an artist and Professor of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of Arts. She is the co-curator with Deborah Willis of the exhibition cit.i.zen.ship: reflections on rights,part of the For Freedoms 50 state initiative, on view at Photoville and Tisch School of the Arts. Her  work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally, and she is a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in Photography. She is also Director and Founder of Future Imagemakers, a social practice project at NYU Photography & Imaging, offering free digital photography classes to NYC area high school students. Novak’s installation Random Interference  was exhibited at the first Photoville in 2012.


  • NYU Tisch Department of Photography and Imaging

    NYU Tisch Department of Photography and Imaging

    The Department of Photography and Imaging (DPI) in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University is a four-year B.F.A. program situated in New York City. Centered on the making and understanding of images, DPI offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum and a grounding in the liberal arts. We embrace multiple perspectives, and our majors work in virtually all modes of analog and digital photo-based image making, multimedia, new media, and post-photographic 3D simulation technologies. The studio work is accompanied by a wide-ranging critical studies curriculum. Our alums have gone on to work in a wide variety of creative fields. They are artists, documentary makers, journalists, fashion and editorial photographers, filmmakers, cinematographers, educators, writers, activists, craftspeople, coders, web designers, art directors, graphic designers, book designers and publishers, art historians, curators, art dealers, arts administrators, archivists, and more.

    Like all the departments at Tisch, our students come from all over the world with different outlooks and desires. We embrace those differences, and we are proud that there is no single defining look to our student work. We foster personal vision and offer a curriculum that is demanding but allows students the flexibility to take advantage of courses throughout the university. We want DPI to be a site of invention where our students are encouraged to think and see as well as engage with and understand the power of visual culture. We believe in the power of photography to celebrate diversity and intersectionality, and to address racism, gender discrimination, and all forms of intolerance.

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