Bronx Junior Photo League
Our free afterschool and summer photojournalism programs teach middle and high school Bronx students to use photography, writing, and research to explore social justice issues, preparing them for college and future careers. The program includes visits with internationally-renowned photographers, field trips to major cultural institutions and media outlets, and opportunities for life-changing international travel. Students and families participate in extensive college prep programming, including one-on-one counseling, financial aid workshops, and college tours.
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Summer Programs | BJPL Virtual Learning
*BJPL summer programs will be remote and the times and days of the classes may change. More information will be available soon.
The deadline for the application has been extended to Sunday, June 7th.
The Bronx Junior Photo League summer program is a free six-week-long newspaper and zine and photobook making class for students entering the 6th through 12th grades. All experience levels are welcome for the photobook classes; prior photography OR journalism experience is required for the newspaper class. All cameras and materials are provided by the BDC.
The photobook class will meet twice a week to visit galleries and photograph throughout the five boroughs. Students will learn about the history of and how to make zines, how to use InDesign, and how to make a handmade photobook featuring their work. The program will culminate with a book-sharing celebration and BBQ with the students and their families.
The newspaper class will meet twice a week to photograph for and design a community newspaper. Students will be given weekly assignments--as if they were a photographer for a newspaper--that they will complete during class time, as well as pitch and complete story ideas of their own. Students will then work together as a class to design, create, and print a newspaper featuring their work from their time in the program. This program will give students skills they need to succeed not only as photographers, but as professionals in any working environment.
HIGH SCHOOL | PHOTOBOOKS
July 9 - August 14, 2020
Thursdays and Fridays, 11AM-5PM
Open to all students who will be in the 9th through 12th grades in Fall 2020.
HIGH SCHOOL | COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER (ADVANCED)
July 7 - August 14, 2020
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11AM-5PM
Open to students who will be in the 9th through 12th grades in Fall 2020. Prior photography or journalism experience required.
APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED AT THIS TIME.
The Bronx Junior Photo League is a free year-long documentary photography program for students in the 6th-12th grades. All experience levels are welcome and cameras and materials are provided by the BDC.
October 9, 2019 - June 10, 2020
Open to all students who will be in the 6th through 8th grades in Fall 2019.
October 8, 2019 - June 11, 2020
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:30PM
Open to all students who will be in the 9th through 12th grades in Fall 2019.
BJPL in the Media
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
Salvador Espinoza, Teaching Assistant, Middle School
Monica Flores, Teaching Assistant, High 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 The BJPL
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.