AS220 Youth’s Photo Mem trains youth in digital and 35mm photography. Classes are offered at our three teaching sites: AS220, UCAP middle school, and the Rhode Island Training School, the state’s juvenile detention facility.
Photo staff Scott Lapham and Jose Roboes teach youth the basic mechanics of cameras and the dark room. With this foundation, youth then bring cameras home with instructions to take pictures of their day to day lives.
The results go into their portfolios.
Members of the Photo program often work collaboratively to produce audio slideshows. These are two examples, created with journalist Huascar Robles.
Youth incarcerated at the RI Training School can’t bring a camera home, but the facility has graciously allowed us to work with youth in residential and school areas. To protect the anonymity of these youth, we never show faces or other identifiers. Which can be difficult when everyone is covered in tattoos!
Each year, AS220 Youth offers summer employment to 30-40 teens. Employees in the Photo program have spent the last three summers exploring our city’s center, Kennedy Plaza – also known as KP.
KP has seen some hard times. It is the hub of our public transportation system but has a reputation for being seedy and unsafe. Our photographers hope to change people’s perceptions of KP by introducing viewers to commuters on a face-to-face basis.
AS220 Youth’s Photo program is often hired by clients to do commercial jobs. Scott and Miguel take the lead on these projects and youth apprentice on each shoot. Youth are able to build technical skills like lighting while also learning how to work well with people.
Photo Mem Learn your way around the Paul Krot Community Darkroom. From mixing chemicals to understanding enlargers, gain a hands on introduction to traditional black and white photo printing.
The City of Providence
HUD/The Green and Healthy Housing Initiative
Boys and Girls Club of Rhode Island
The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence
Chazan Gallery, the NETWORKS project
The Olneyville Housing Association