Teen Photo

The Honickman Foundation Teen Photo Program is a free after-school program open to any Philadelphia public high school student. Every student receives 8 months of free and full access to PPAC’s equipment, materials, and expert teaching staff. Each student borrows a DSLR camera to take home for the entire school year. Together, students create and share images and ideas, build self-confidence, new friends and new technical skills.

Over 70% of our student’s schools do not offer photography classes. We guide our students through the process of gaining a form of visual literacy. Learning to think critically and creatively through photography opens up a love of learning and helps students grow in every aspect of their academic and personal lives.

Teen Photo runs from September to May with weekly meetings one day per week. Students involved in the program go on field trips to art exhibitions around the city, create a book of their class’s photos, and exhibit their work in PPAC’s gallery.

This Spring, Teen Photo is collaborating with The Photographer’s Green Book, a resource hub for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy within the lens-based art community. See the Green Book on Instagram

This program will be held on either Wednesday or Thursday. It begins the week the first week of March and will finish by the end of April. The Photographer’s Green Book was founded by Jay Simple, he and Danielle Morris will guide students through the creation of their own Photo Green Book Zine. The program will span 8 weeks and will conclude with the student’s creation of their own printed and digital zine. 

Interested students may join us this Spring by filling out the application here.

2021 Teaching Artists

Danielle Morris is a self-taught photographer who mainly works in street and self-portraiture. Danielle is a teaching artist in Drexel University’s Writers Room, a university-community literary arts program engaged in creative placemaking and art for social justice. Danielle contributed to the 2018-19 “Women’s Mobile Museum” residency led by South African visual activist Zanele Muholi. She has exhibited at the Colored Girls Museum’s (2019), the 2018 SPACES Residency, “Home Court” lead by visual artist Shawn Theodore, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and The Barnes Foundation.

Jay Simple is a visual artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Pamplin, VA. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at Longwood University and founder of The Photographers Green Book, a resource for inclusion, equity, and diversity within the photographic medium. Working through photography and a variety of mediums, Simple examines historical and contemporary effects of colonialism and white-centric ideology within the context of the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, a Master of Liberal Art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Sydney Ellison is a Brooklyn based artist whose work addresses themes of gaze and intersectionality primarily through collage and self-portraiture. Sydney is also a student at Pratt Institute and an editor for The Photographer’s Greenbook.

Past Exhibitions

Teen Photo is supported by The Julian A. and Lois G. Brodsky Foundation, Connelly Foundation, David A. Cook Beautiful, Useful, Joyful Memorial Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, The Nessa Forman, David Forman, Eleanor and Solomon Forman Family Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial, The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, The Christopher Ludwick Foundation, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, PNC Charitable Trusts, and The Lawrence Saunders Fund.

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Michelle Wallace
Youth Education Associate
(215) 232-5678 x 2