Literacy Through Photography: An Exhibit of Pictures and Writing
Through This Lens
303 E. Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC
On Display April 28–May 2, 2009
Presented by the Literacy Through Photography program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in partnership with Club Boulevard Elementary School, Durham, North Carolina.
The Literacy Through Photography (LTP) program challenges children to explore their world as they photograph scenes from their lives and use their images as catalysts for verbal and written expression. The scenes are framed around four thematic explorations–self-portrait, community, family, and dreams. LTP promotes an expansive use of photography across different curricula and disciplines, building on the information that children naturally possess and connecting them with broader perspectives and ways of communicating. Students furthermore gain new ways of viewing themselves and their communities.
LTP was launched in 1990 by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, working in collaboration with the Durham Public Schools. As part of the program, LTP staff members teach a multidisciplinary undergraduate course that includes a semester-long internship in the Durham Public Schools. During the spring of 2009 fourteen Duke students, along with nine teachers at Club Boulevard Elementary School, carried out classroom-based LTP projects. More than 170 third- through fifth-graders participated. On display in this exhibition are their self-portraits, dreams, family, and community photographs, and their writings.
Participating Durham Teachers: Denise Baynham, Diana Lisle, Sinead Hogan, Lisa Lord, Jennifer Medley, Stephen Mullaney, Joey Nix, Jennifer Triplehorn, John Utz
Participating Duke Students: Marissa Bergmann, Rachel Blum, Veronica Bustabad, Michael Cappetto, Anne Clark, Ghisly Echezuria, Emily Hadden, Andrew Hibbard, Esther Jeohn, Emily Nuckolls, Rali Peneva, Emily Robertson, Maya Robinson, Nicholas Wiesner