Bronx Junior Photo League

Bronx Junior Photo League

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

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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*BJPL summer programs will be remote and the times and days of the classes may change. More information will be available soon.

application deadline extened to sunday, june 14th.

The Bronx Junior Photo League virtual 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. Classes will be supplemented by a weekly conversation or workshop with a creative working in the photography field, a meeting that all three classes will attend together. 

Each student will receive a packet (either dropped off or picked up at the BDC) with materials for hands-on learning and the BDC will work with accepted students and their families to make sure they have the equipment needed to participate in the program.

In addition to this, in the absence of Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and other viable employment options for youth this summer, high school students who complete the BJPL summer program will receive a stipend. More details to come in the upcoming weeks.

PHOTOBOOK CLASS (HS + MS)
In this virtual photobook class, students will explore different ways of storytelling through phone photography and hands-on collaging and zine-making, ultimately designing their own unique photobook. In weekly creative chats, students will meet working photographers and editors to gain inspiration from their work and learn about possible media career pathways.

COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER CLASS (HS ONLY)
In this virtual class, students will meet twice a week to photograph and report for an online community newspaper for the South Bronx. 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 collaborate on how to creatively report local stories, conduct remote interviews and portrait sessions, and publish their work to an online platform. 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
Tues - Thursday, 2-5PM*
(*days and time subject to change)

Open to all students who will be in the 9th through 12th grades in Fall 2020.

Apply online or download the application. Applications due June 7, 2020.

 

HIGH SCHOOL | COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER (ADVANCED)

July 7 - August 14, 2020
Tues - Thursday, 2-5PM* (*days and time subject to change)

Open to students who will be in the 9th through 12th grades in Fall 2020. Prior photography or journalism experience required.

Apply online or download the application. Applications due June 7, 2020.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL | PHOTOBOOKS

July 7 - August 14, 2020
Tues - Thursday, 2-5PM* (*days and time subject to change)

Open to all students who will be in the 6th through 8th grades in Fall 2020.

Apply online or download the application. Applications due June 7, 2020.


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.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

October 9, 2019 - June 10, 2020
Wednesdays, 4:15-6:00PM

Open to all students who will be in the 6th through 8th grades in Fall 2019.

HIGH SCHOOL

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 
Bianca Farrow, Teaching Artist, Middle School 
Michael Kamber
, Teaching Artist, High School
Jessica Kirkham, Teaching Artist, High School
Desiree Rios, Teaching Artist, High School
Jonathan Santiago, Teaching Artist, High School

Samantha Alvarez, Teaching Assistant, High School 
Kayla Beltran
, Teaching Assistant, Middle School
Salvador Espinoza, Teaching Assistant, Middle School
Sackona Fitts, Teaching Assistant, Middle School
Makeda Flood, Teaching Assistant, High School 
Harry Montas, Teaching Assistant, Middle School
Vi Nguyen, Teaching Assistant, High School 
Sean Sirota, Teaching Assistant, Middle School

Carla Rice, Volunteer, High School
Cynthia Rivera, Volunteer, Middle School
Cindy Weisbart, Volunteer, High 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.