Working in Local Communities

17 Jan 2017 2016 TALKS

Artists discuss their longterm projects, how they began, how they involve their communities, and what advice they have for other artists who wish to engage their own communities in art projects. Panelists will discuss projects on local communities and the impacts they’ve had, far and wide.

Working in Local Communities

Featuring: Emma Raynes (Moderator), Russell Frederick, Cassandra Giraldo, Nina Robinson, Mark Strandquist

Saturday, September 24 | 5:00PM – 5:45PM
Location: Photoville Pavilion (60 Water Street Storefront)


Community art projects, both large and small, can become vehicles for social change. Artists discuss their longterm projects, how they began, how they involve their communities, and what advice they have for other artists who wish to engage their own communities in art projects. Panelists will discuss projects on local communities and the impacts they’ve had, far and wide.


Russell-Frederick-headshotRussell Frederick is a photographer from Brooklyn, New York and is of Panamanian heritage. His global view and keen understanding of the human condition informs his compelling photography. Frederick discovered his love for photography after an introductory course at the International Center of Photography almost 20 years ago. Unable to afford a continuing education at the institution, Frederick taught himself by becoming a voracious shooter and spending countless days in book stores studying photography. His personal portraiture and visual activism projects have been primarily shot on black and white medium format film. Within the past decade, Frederick has had exhibits and presentations at the Brooklyn Museum, Photoville, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the MOCADA Museum in Brooklyn, the Reginald Lewis Museum in Maryland, the Visa pour l’Image photo festival in Perpignan, France; the Reportage festival in Sydney, Australia; the Shanghai International Photo festival in Shanghai, China; the Lodz photo festival in Lodz, Poland; the Angkor photo festival in Angkor, Cambodia; and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Besides his photography work, Frederick is also an educator who has taught and been on panel discussions at NYU, the International Center for Photography, the School of Visual Arts, and Columbia University.

Cassandra-Giraldo_01Cassandra Giraldo is an independent photojournalist and now associate producer at VICE News on HBO based in Brooklyn, New York. As a freelance newspaper photographer, she contributes locally to various outlets including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. While she loves the rush of a deadline and spot news, Giraldo is dedicated to working on long-form stories relating to youth, education, public school systems, and coming of age. When she’s not at work, you’ll find her either at Columbia Journalism School finishing her masters degree in investigative journalism or on the streets of Brooklyn documenting youth after school for her Instagram project @afterschoolproject. Her work has been exhibited internationally and recognized by various photo organizations including Getty Images, Instagram, NPPA, American Photography, The New York Times, and the Eddie Adams Workshop where she was awarded the Education Week award. Instagram added her to a list of Emerging Photojournalists in 2015 and she was named one of 30 Under 30 Women Photographers by Photo Boite in 2016.

Emma-Raynes-imageEmma Raynes is the Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation where she works to inspire creativity and diversity in the field of documentary photography. She is primarily focused on community-based documentary work and the adaptation of emerging distribution platforms for social justice initiatives. Raynes earned a BA in Art History from Bowdoin College and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. She holds certificates in Photography and Documentary Studies from the International Center of Photography and Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies and was resident curator at the UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art. Raynes is the recipient of several awards for research and photography, including a Surdna Fellowship and a Lewis Hine Documentary Fellowship from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.


Nina-Robinson-IMG_3050Nina Robinson is a documentary influenced portrait photographer. Her work is a mixture of all of her past experiences, bridging documentary, personal, and fine art. She began her photography career shooting for The Reporter in Vacaville, California. Going freelance, Robinson had the freedom to pursue her interest in portraiture, often photographing musicians and music groups. She moved to New York six years ago as she became more interested in documentary photography. In her current work, Robinson examines issues in underrepresented communities, aiming to break the visual prejudices of race, class, and age. She has been published in The New York Times, American Photo magazine, Lens Culture, Wall Street Journal and has exhibited at the Bronx Documentary Center. Robinson teaches a phototherapy program at the William Hodson Senior Center, where, through the use of photography, older residents are able to openly explore personal and social issues. She is a member of the Bronx Photo League, a collective of documentary photographers in the South Bronx.

Robinson is based in the South Bronx and Arkansas.

Mark-Strandquist_headshotMark Strandquist has spent years collaborating with incarcerated men, women, teens, and those in re-entry to create public art and advocacy projects. At the core of his practice is the belief that those most impacted by the criminal justice system are the experts that society needs to listen to. His projects range from working with incarcerated youth to train the entire Richmond Police Department; to connecting incarcerated men and women with thousands of people through interactive public art installation; to creating teams of lawyers, artists, and formerly incarcerated individuals to help facilitate free legal clinics that have cleared the records of thousands of individuals.

His projects have received multiple awards, fellowships, national residencies, and reached wide audiences through media outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, The Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, and VICE.