The East Side Photo Program began at East Side Community School in 2012, with the support of the Five Boroughs Foundation of Photography. An intensive program for students dedicated to learning photography on an advanced level, ESPP aims to foster independent, creative, critical, and visual thinking—helping our community make meaning of our world. Over the last decade, the East Side Photo Program has had over 150 student participants, made over 50 photo books, published four magazines remotely, hosted dozens of guest photographers, editors, and artists, and partnered with a variety of organizations.
East Side Community School is a small 6th through 12th grade school dedicated to the belief that all students can, must, and will learn and succeed academically. We help each of our students meet high standards by providing personal attention, a strong sense of community, high-quality instruction, and engaging learning experiences. We have a school-wide commitment to celebrating diversity, promoting social justice, and combating racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and any other form of discrimination. The goal of the school is to create a community of highly skilled students, critical thinkers, lifetime learners, and socially responsible citizens who are prepared to succeed in college and beyond—positively impacting their communities.