a group pf young girls with books hiding their faces from the series Image-makers

Future Imagemakers Present

a group of young Black women from the series Please Don't Let Me Die This Summer
Photo credit: Steven Tovar from his series Please Don’t Let Me Die This Summer

Future Imagemakers Present

Featuring: Michael McNish, Victoria Rosales, Wing Shek, Steven Tovar, Emma Kagan, Mariana Luna-Martinez

Presented by

NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography & Imaging


Moderated by

Lorie Novak


Thursday, September 19th | 4.30PM – 6PM


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.

Lorie Novak, moderator, is Professor of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of Arts and founding director of Future Imagemakers.


New York University Future Imagemakers is a social practice project at Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography & Imaging and part of the Tisch Future Artist Program. Free digital photography classes are offered every spring, taught by NYU faculty and students to New York City area high school students.

We at Future Imagemakers are passionate about image-making. We believe in the power of photography as a means for self-expression, building self-confidence, reflecting on our surroundings and lives, and addressing human rights issues. We strive to expand boundaries, learn from each other, and envision new possibilities for the future.

The Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts is a four year Bachelor of Fine Arts program centered on the making and understanding of images. Students explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Situated within NYU, the program offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum, and a serious and broad
grounding in the liberal arts.

Deadline for submitting Spring 2020 Future Imagemakers applications
is November 11, 2019. More information: Future Imagemakers

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