In partnership with The Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia and Drexel University, 22 middle-school and high-school aged students had the opportunity last weekend to obtain a unique perspective of Philadelphia during National
Geographic Photo Camp Philadelphia. From October 7 – 10, 2011, these youth learned tools of photojournalism to tell the story of different Philadelphia neighborhoods, culminating in a slide-show for the public at Drexel University on the final day of the workshop.
National Geographic photographer Lynn Johnson, NGM Photo Editor Todd James, Olympus Visionary Jay Kinghorn, and NGPC Coordinator Piper Watson, alongside Lavahound.com’s Charles Oliva and Drexel University photography students Colleen Gilligan, Mike Arrison, and Tyler Haughey guided these students’ exploration of sights and sounds from behind the lens of a camera. Topics covered were photographic vision, equipment and technique, and the process of creating a story through photography and writing. The assignments and activities focused on the use of photography to document Philadelphia and to highlight a youth perspective about the city.