During a recent trip to the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market, located in Harlem, New York, our teens witnessed the bustling community of African immigrants living and working along West 116th Street. On our way to the market we stopped to photograph the various stores and local businesses in the community. Many of the establishments we found there were reminiscent of some of the places we located during our Fulton Street excursion in Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Here are some of the photographs we took during our Harlem trip:
Photograph of local establishments along W 116th Street, located in Harlem, New York.
Photograph of the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market welcome sign.
Equipped with cameras and vigilant eyes, our teens embarked on a street journey to discover Senegalese culture on Fulton Street, located in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. During the outdoor adventure we found many Senegalese owned businesses and establishments. Some of the places we explored including the Masjid At-Taqwa mosque and the Pulaar Speaking Association. During our trip we also had the opportunity to meet and greet several street vendors, restaurant owners, and hair stylists.
Street vendor goods being sold outside on Fulton Avenue.
The Pulaar Speaking Association Headquarters, located on Fulton Street.
The Masjid At- Taqwa mosque, located on the corner of Fulton Street and Bedford Avenue.
Students in Brooklyn recently visited the now-closed Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life at New York’s International Center of Photography. The exhibit combined film, photographs, as well as archival documents and traced apartheid from the initial election of FW de Klerk to the post-Mandela era.
There are so many ways to tell stories with photos, how will we chose? +Marie L, 16
The goal of the field trip was many fold. We wanted to begin dialogue on photographic/photojournalistic ethics, explore how to tell someone else’s story primarily through images, and begin investigating the many ways an exhibit could be laid out. What struck me as an educator was how little students knew about apartheid, but once we were over that initial hurdle, students were engrossed in the exhibit. In fact, as our tour guide lead us through, I had to routinely fetch students who were lagging behind, reading captions.
Students really enjoyed how the exhibit contrasted white South Africa with the rest of the diverse, caste-based population and were awe-struck by the up-close images of violence.
How are we going to be able to tell a story this good? +Tyrell, 15
After the trip, we debriefed and talked about how the exhibit was primarily via the eyes of trained, adult photojournalists and curators who spent a great deal of time putting the exhibit together, Next Stop is through their [youth] eyes and it’s about what they see with honesty, so there is no point in comparing. They got it and they continue to reference the exhibit as we plan and execute our next steps. Goal attained.