The View From Here 2023

Free admission

This exhibition highlighted the work of eleven student-photographers from greater New Haven who participated in “The View From Here: Accessing Art Through Photography,” a four-month photography program offered by the Yale Center for British Art and the Lens Media Lab at the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University. In fall 2022, “The View From Here” was taught at the YCBA, enabling access to the museum’s rich collection of historic and contemporary photographs.  

During the program, eleven students from local colleges and public high schools learned about the history, methods, and science of photography. They captured cityscapes, landscapes, and portraits using smartphone cameras as their primary technology. Their photographs speak to community, family, and a shared sense of place—New Haven. Their art is intimate and sometimes playful. It reveals their close attention to both the natural world and the built environment, and the conviction and honesty with which they record their lives.

“The View From Here: Accessing Art Through Photography” is an annual program established in 2021. It offers local students the opportunity to engage directly with professionals in the world of photography, including art historians, conservators, curators, educators, and photographers. Guest instructors included Yale School of Art faculty members Lisa Kereszi and Ted Partin. 

In addition to this online presentation, the students’ work was shown in the High Street windows of the museum from January 21 through April 2, 2023.

  Click on a portrait to view the program participant's work and statement.

Abiba Biao

Mia Coppola

Ethan Lopez

Emaan Naqvi

Siul Rivera

Jayden Rzasa

Reem Saood

Zoe Stowe

Maria Tenorio

Ashlynn Topper

Virginia Karina Vasquez Antonio



The program participants for this year are (pictured above from left to right) Abiba Biao, Southern Connecticut State University; Mia Coppola, Joseph A. Foran High School; Ethan Lopez, Amity High School; Emaan Naqvi, Cheshire High School; Siul Rivera, Wilbur Cross High School; Jayden Rzasa, Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School; Reem Saood, Wilbur Cross High School; Zoe Stowe, Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School; Maria Tenorio, Wilbur Cross High School; Ashlynn Topper, Hamden High School; and Virginia Karina Vasquez Antonio, Gateway Community College.

"The View From Here: Accessing Art Through Photography" was organized and taught by Paul Messier, Pritzker Director of the Lens Media Lab and chair of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University; Katherine “Kappy” Mintie, Senior Researcher in Art History, Lens Media Lab; and James Vanderberg, Educator, High School, College, University, and Community Outreach, YCBA; with Robert Hixon, Senior Imaging Systems Specialist, YCBA; and YCBA photographer Richard Caspole.

The exhibition was developed by the program organizers with Martina Droth, Deputy Director and Chief Curator.

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Collage of "The View From Here" participants' photos