• Marlene Nunez by Bianca Colon

Future Imagemakers Speak Out

13 Aug 2018 2018 TALKS

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.

Future Imagemakers Speak Out

Featuring: Lorie Novak and Riana Gideon (Moderators), Aisha Conte, Bianca Colon, Gabriella Rodriguez, Nailea Dominguez

Presented by

NYU Tisch Future Imagemakers, The Bronx Junior Photo League, The Lower Eastside Girls Club






Sunday, September 16 | 12PM – 1PM

Location: 60 Water Street, DUMBO – across from Photoville


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.

Photo credit: Bianca Colon


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, 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, 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, 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.


Aicha Cherif is a filmmaker, student and activist. Since she was 8, Aicha attended the Lower East Side Girls Club – where she discovered her passion for filmmaking. In 2017, Aicha was accepted to be a Tribeca Film Fellow. There, she directed her second short film, “I Am The Only One” exploring the effects of family separation on her relationship with her mother.


Ashley Ryan is a high school senior at Friends Select School in Philadelphia, PA, and identifies as a queer trans woman. She has a deep interest in photography, as well as activism, which often go hand in hand, and intersectionality is essential to her. She is a dedicated photographer and wants to be a photojournalist.



Lorie Novak is an artist and Professor of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is the founder and director of Tisch Future Imagemakers and co-curator of the container exhibition, “Cit.i.zen.ship: Reflections on Rights by Teen Photographers”.

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 Future Imagemakers is a social practice project in the Department of Photography & Imaging, offering free digital photography classes every spring, taught by NYU faculty and students to New York City area high school students.


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 (LESGC) in Manhattan connects girls and young women to healthy and successful futures, offering a safe haven with programs in the arts, sciences, leadership, entrepreneurship, and wellness for middle and high school girls.


ICP at THE POINT, a year-round partnership between the International Center of Photography and THE POINT CDC, teaches photography, critical thinking, writing, and public speaking with the goal of fostering self-esteem, community development, and social change. The program includes weekly after-school classes for preteens and teens that take place in a classroom/studio, black-and-white darkroom, and gallery space at THE POINT in the South Bronx. Launched in 1997, this partnership has served over 2,000 students and continues to grow. For more information: icp.org and thepoint.org.