Bronx Junior Photo League

Bronx Junior Photo League

The Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) is a free after-school photography and journalism program serving middle through high school students.

The program teaches Bronx youth to use documentary practices to explore their communities, families, environments, and much more. The program focuses on social justice issues in the South Bronx, one of America’s poorest and most underserved communities. Our curriculum gives students an immersive experience in the technical aspects of photography and photo editing as well as programs promoting critical thinking skills, visual and news literacy, and writing practice.

The program includes visits with internationally-renowned documentary photographers and field trips to major cultural institutions and media outlets throughout NYC. We host a mid-year portfolio review and a year-end exhibition showcasing photographs, essays, and multimedia pieces our students create about their South Bronx communities.

During the summer, the BDC offers a six-week-long photography and photobook making program and provides opportunities for life-changing travel. Previous trips have included visits to the rugged coast of Maine, and to Higashikawa, Japan for the International High School Students’ Photo Festival Exchange. Our BJPL after-school program also provides mentoring for our middle school students and help applying to New York City’s best high schools. For our high schoolers, we give extensive advice and help with college applications and coordinate visits to colleges and universities.

 

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The BJPL is a free program for students entering the 9th through 12th grades. All experience levels are welcome and cameras are provided by the BDC. You can apply online through the link below, download and send applications to education@bronxdoc.org, or mail or drop off application materials to the Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY, 10451.

2019 - 2020

October 1, 2019 - June 11, 2020
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:30PM


The BJPL high school class will meet after school twice a week to learn how to use a digital camera and create photo essays and multimedia pieces about the BDC’s South Bronx neighborhood and social justice issues in New York City.

Application will open in April 2019.


The BJPL is a free program for students entering the 6th through 8th grades. All experience levels are welcome and cameras are provided by the BDC. You can apply online through the link below, download and send applications to education@bronxdoc.org, or mail or drop off application materials to the Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY, 10451.

2019 - 2020

October 2, 2019 - June 10, 2020
Wednesdays, 4:15-6:00PM


The BJPL 6th-8th grade class will meet after school once a week to learn how to use a digital camera and create photo essays about the BDC’s South Bronx neighborhood.

Application will open in April 2019.


The BJPL summer program is a free class for students entering the 9th through 12th grades. All experience levels are welcome and cameras are provided by the BDC.

SUMMER 2019

July 11 - August 16, 2019
Thursdays and Fridays, 10AM-4PM


The summer program meets twice a week to visit galleries and museums and photograph throughout the five boroughs. Students make photobooks featuring their images from the six-week-long program.

Application will open in March 2019.


Cómo estudiar cine y fotografía de forma gratuita | Univision | DEC 12, 2018

Young photojournalists' work from the Bronx Documentary Center | CBS News | DEC 9, 2018

This is 18 | The New York Times | OCT 2018

Teenage Documentarians Show the Power of Photography | The New York Times | MAY 4, 2017


Kamal Badhey, Teaching Artist, Middle School 
Kholood Eid
, Teaching Artist, Middle School 
Michael Kamber
, Teaching Artist, High School
Groana Melendez, Teaching Artist, High School

Kayla Beltran, Teaching Assistant, Middle School
Gabriela Bhaskar, Teaching Assistant, High School
Kayla De La Cruz
, Teaching Assistant, Middle School
Jessica Kirkham, Teaching Assistant, High School
Harry Montas
, Teaching Assistant, Middle School
Cynthia Rivera
, Teaching Assistant, High School
Jon Santiago, Teaching Assistant, High School
Sean Sirota, Teaching Assistant, Middle School


Meet Fanta.

Students in our free after-school program gather each week to explore the issues and stories that connect their Bronx community to the wider world through photography and writing.

With the help of community members like you, the Bronx Junior Photo League can continue to grow. Support the BJPL today.