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9.26.13 … My Hometown: what a neat photojournalism project …

My Hometown,  NYTimes.com, high school students,   4289 images, 21st-century portrait, neighborhoods, families, friends,  schools, , school-based photography programs, community-based photography programs,  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division:  4,289 images!

What would happen if you asked high school students to help create a 21st-century portrait of the country by turning their cameras on their neighborhoods, families, friends and schools?You would have “My Hometown” — a vibrant document of 4,289 images submitted by teenagers in school- or community-based photography programs across the United States, including rural villages and urban neighborhoods, wealthy suburbs and blue-collar Rust Belt towns.While participants only photographed their own communities, together, the images create an important and lasting document of America today as seen by teenagers. They are published today in an interactive feature that opens with a selection of 145 photographs and is also searchable by state and by photographer. Many of the images will be archived at the Library of Congress in the Prints and Photographs Division.The project was inspired by our belief in the power of photography as an educational tool, and by a desire to help young people communicate the way they see their lives and their communities.

via Looking at Our Hometowns – NYTimes.com.


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