Sep 162018
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Future Imagemakers Speak Out

In this panel, high school photographers from photography programs throughout New York City will present and discuss their work.

Presenters: Aisha Conte Bianca Colon Gabriella Rodriguez Nailea Dominguez

Moderators: Lorie Novak Riana Gideon

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

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Young artists and activists are shifting our national conversations about issues surrounding civil rights, resistance, the environment, LGBTQ+ rights, immigration, race, class, gentrification, disability rights, freedom of speech and more. They are using social media, marching in the streets and using their cameras to explore their communities, families, environments, and human rights issues and showing us what it means to live in America with its unique cultural heritage, while envisioning new possibilities for the future. In this panel, high school photographers from photography programs throughout New York City will present and discuss their work.

Presenter Bios

  • Aisha Conte

    Aisha Conte

    Aisha Conte, of NYU Tisch Future Imagemakers, is a high school senior from the Bronx and attends Bronx Prep Charter School. She is inspired by Bronx and Gambian culture and wants to study culture in hopes of playing a role in eliminating discrimination against women and people of color.

  • Bianca Colon

    Bianca Colon

    Bianca Colon, of Bronx Documentary Center Junior Photo League, lives in the South Bronx and is a junior at the High School of Art and Design, majoring in cartooning. During the past summer, Bianca was an intern at the Photography Collections Preservation Project.

  • Gabriella Rodriguez

    Gabriella Rodriguez

    Gabriella Rodriguez, of the Lower East Girls Club, was born and raised in New York City. She is a senior at Manhattan Village Academy. She loves to capture moments of human beauty with a simple click of a camera, and her favorite moments with photography are capturing moments of true joy.

  • Nailea Dominguez

    Nailea Dominguez

    Nailea Dominguez, of ICP at THE POINT and Teen Academy, is 15 years old and grew up in Mexico and New York City. Nailea first started classes with ICP at THE POINT when she was ten years old and then took color darkroom and digital classes with ICP’s Teen Academy. Nailea is a junior at Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics and continues to pursue photography.

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.

  • Riana Gideon

    Riana Gideon is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Photography and Imaging. She has taught photography at NYU (Future Imagemakers & Summer High School), the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and Wallkill Correctional Facility. Through photography, Riana explores female incarceration, mentorship and family. She is assistant curator of “Cit.i.zen.ship: Reflections on Rights by Teen Photographers.”


  • 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.

  • The Bronx Junior Photo League

    The Bronx Junior Photo League is a free after-school photography and journalism program serving middle through high school students at the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC), a non-profit gallery and educational space in the South Bronx.

  • The Lower Eastside Girls Club

    The Lower Eastside Girls Club

    The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) supports young women and gender-expansive youth of color throughout New York City in leveraging their inner power — to shape a better future for themselves, their community, and the world. Through free, year-round, innovative programming, we connect young people with their passions, celebrate their curiosity, and channel their creative energy. Together, we are building a just and equitable future filled with joy, power, and possibility.

    Every year, hundreds of youth ages 10–23 visit our facility where we offer after-school, weekend, and summer programming in STEM, arts, digital media, sound, wellness, civic engagement and leadership. Our 35,000 square foot facility includes a maker shop for coding and robotics, an environmental studies lab for STEM exploration, the Alphabet City Art School for visual arts and crafts, the Center for Media and Social Justice for digital media, film, and photography, the sound studio for music production and our radio station/podcast, WGRL (Where Girl Radio Lives), a design studio for fashion and material arts, an expansive and productive rooftop farm, a full culinary education center, and a 64-seat dome planetarium.

  • The International Center of Photography (ICP)

    The International Center of Photography (ICP)

    The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to champion “concerned photography” — socially and politically minded images that can educate and change the world. Through our exhibitions, education programs, community outreach, and public programs, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the power of the image.

  • The Point CDC

    The Point CDC

    THE POINT Community Development Corporation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. THE POINT supports their neighbors in celebrating the life and art of the community — an area traditionally defined solely in terms of its poverty, crime rate, poor schools, and substandard housing. They believe the area’s residents, their talents, and aspirations are THE POINT’s greatest assets.

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