Colorful collage of portraits of Future Imagemakers for The Power of Photographic Storytelling

The Power of Photographic Storytelling

6 Sep 2020 Edu 2020
Colorful collage of portraits of Future Imagemakers for The Power of Photographic Storytelling

The 2020 Photoville Festival Education Month is proudly presented in partnership with PhotoWings with additional support by the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

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Storytelling, identity, prejudice, family, friends, community, intersectionality, activism, and finding freedom through creativity are some of the topics addressed in the photographic projects of the 2020 NYU Tisch Future Imagemakers. They will discuss their work, and how photo-based image-making has empowered them to speak up for social justice.


Cyrah Joseph (she/her) is a senior at Brooklyn Friends School. She sees photography as a storytelling and a creative outlet that allows her to highlight different struggles that don’t fit societal expectations and to ask people to rethink different narratives they have been told.



Geninah Intoy (she/her) is a senior at Ridgefield Park Jr. Sr. High School in New Jersey. She used to despise the very sight of a camera because she was usually in front of it. Given the chance to go behind a camera, she realized she could capture moments that bring a smile.



Glo (they/them) is a senior at the Henry Viscardi School who became interested in photography when they received their first professional camera for their sixteenth birthday. Photography is one of their favorite art mediums along with musical theatre, reading, and multifaceted activism. They want to showcase their life and community.


Julia Carpio (she/her) is a senior at Francis Lewis High School. Her interest in photography has always been being able to capture unique moments and memorable landscapes by focusing on smaller details instead of the bigger picture. “Being behind a camera has given me a level of confidence I never expected.”



Lauren Cichon (she/her) is a senior at NYC iSchool. “My journey with visual art and mental health mirror each other. I find myself making art and finding freedom through creation. I draw and paint over the walls in my room; I photograph people in their own bubbles. Being able to submit at times to reality–and creative dreamlike escapes, is a balance I am still striving to maintain.”


Nadine Zhan (she/her) is a senior at LaGuardia High School. She loves film, and a lot of her art has been inspired by movies along with capturing the raw moments in life. She loves street photography and making visual art focusing on the people around her. “I am lucky enough to have had access to materials and the guidance, especially going to LaGuardia, that allowed me to grow as an artist.”

Zachary NemniJones (he/him) is a junior at School of the Future. As a kid he was always interested in landscapes and moments which he wished he could capture. His passion for photography took off when he traveled to Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and the Grand Canyon. ”I want to learn more about how I can use photography to express myself and portray a story with photography.”

Cydney Blitzer (she/her) is a senior at NYU Tisch Photography & Imaging. She discovered her passion for photography in her sophomore year of high school in Future Imagemakers. She explores themes related to documentation and identity, specifically her identity as a Chinese-American adoptee. Being a co-teacher for the spring 2020 Future Imagemakers, the program that kickstarted her interest in photography, brought her story full circle.

Lorie Novak (she/her) is an artist and Professor of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is the founding director of Future Imagemakers and proud 2020 lead teacher. She has participated in every Photoville, and this year has curated the exhibition NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography & Imaging Class of 2020.




Featuring: Students from the 2020 NYU Tisch Future Imagemakers

BONUS: Photoville’s Teen Ambassador, Lea Ibragimov, interviews the 2020 NYU Tisch Future Imagemakers. Watch the interview here.


Future Imagemakers is a free digital program for New York City area high school students offered in The Department of Photography & Imaging (DPI) at New York University and part of Tisch Future Artists. The collaborative workshop is taught by DPI faculty and students.

We at Future Imagemakers are passionate about image-making, self-expression, and social justice. We believe in the power of photography to celebrate diversity and intersectionality, and to address racism, gender discrimination and all forms of intolerance. We seek to expand boundaries and learn from each other.

The Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts is a four-year B.F.A. program centered on the making and understanding of images, and offering students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum while demanding a broad grounding in the liberal arts. The department embraces multiple perspectives and approaches to encourage critical engagement both in and outside of the classroom. Majors explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression while working in virtually all modes of analog and digital photo-based image making, multimedia, new media, immersive, and post-photographic 3D simulation technologies.