Emily Goris
Emily Goris
Marcellus Escobar
Sofia Grossberg
Leon Green

Featuring: Dafna Breyette, Reyanna Dundas, Marcellus Escobar, Raven Gonzalez, Emily Goris, Leon Green, Sofia Grossberg, Atlas Minnifield, Miguel Angel Munoz Montenegro, Joline Painson, Eli Tagle, and Martin Torterolo

Through Their Eyes: A Generation in Focus features the work of 12th-grade students enrolled in a photography elective at the High School of Art & Design. For most students, this elective was their first introduction to a digital camera. Students learned the essential technical elements of photography and pushed their creative boundaries through individual and group assignments. This cohort consists of students whose high school experience was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Having this photography elective has provided students with a brand new creative outlet while building upon their social-emotional skills.

Photographic education is so much more than learning how to make a good photograph: it creates opportunities for collaboration, problem-solving, communication, time management, cross-curricular teaching, and creative expression. Access to arts education in the public school system reinforces inclusion and equity within the classroom, benefitting all students—especially those who are neurodivergent or have a disability. For the 2023-24 school year, government officials proposed cutting New York City’s Education Department budget by nearly $550 million. Investing in our students, teachers, school staff members, and education system should be our utmost priority as a society. Who is better equipped to show us why than the next generation of young photographers?


About the Artists

Reyanna Dundas is a 12th-grade illustration major at the High School of Art and Design. Through taking this photography elective, she was able to experiment out of her comfort zone with different environments and angles. When painting or shooting, she likes to focus on small details that would contribute to the overall story of a piece.

Sofia Grossberg is a senior at the High School of Art and Design. While she is an illustration major, she has always had an interest in photography. She likes including storytelling in her artwork and hopes to educate others about her experiences. She is a poet and writing often appears in her artwork.

Miguel Munoz is a senior at the High School of Art and Design. He was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. Miguel’s favorite hobbies are playing soccer and video games. Through studying photography, he ended up finding a passion for the medium and realized, if done the right way, photography can be a beautiful and enjoyable experience.

Martin Torterolo is a New York City-based high school senior attending the High School of Art and Design as an animation major. He is interested in questions about the natural world and our place in it: questions of purpose, function, and morality.


  • Photoville


    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

    By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.

    Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.

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  • PhotoWings


    We’re honored to continue our partnership with Photoville for our 8th consecutive year, and to celebrate Photoville’s 13th edition!  Each year Photoville provides so many rich, unique, and diverse experiences in and around photography–PhotoWings is thrilled to help enrich this community as Education Partners.

    Our mission is to highlight and help facilitate the power of photography to influence the world. We help photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen, and saved. We are dedicated to utilizing the power of photography to further deep thinking, communication, and action.

    The PhotoWings Outreach Program and our extensive media archive have myriad educational applications and possibilities, including projects from partners that cross disciplines, generations, and cultures. We also create toolkits/curricula for replication, adaptation and/or inspiration.

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  • High School of Art and Design

    High School of Art and Design

    The mission of the High School of Art & Design is to inspire, educate, and fully prepare our gifted students to become exceptional artists. Through a unified curriculum that incorporates a broad spectrum of disciplines integrating art, technology, and academics, our students are prepared to go on to college and careers with industry-standard mastery in the major of their choice. With a commitment to promoting strong ethical values and professional demeanor, we strive to foster a sense of community among our students, staff, and parents. We are dedicated to engendering students’ productive, creative, and innovative participation in the world of visual arts as concerned and caring citizens of the global community.

Through Their Eyes: A Generation in Focus

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Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Erin Lefevre Photoville

Presented by: High School of Art and Design & Photoville, in partnership with PhotoWings
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