The View From Here: Accessing Art through Photography
The digital age has made photography a uniquely accessible and familiar art form to people of all ages. In the spring of 2021, the Yale Center for British Art and the Lens Media Lab (LML) at Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage are offering a free five-month online program for young adults in Greater New Haven who are interested in learning about photography. The goal of this program is to deepen young people’s engagement with visual art, exposing them both to the history and possibilities of the medium while also providing them with opportunities to learn about museums and the many available career pathways. There is no prerequisite or prior photography experience needed to apply.
Working with museum staff, Yale faculty, and outside professionals in the field of photography, students will gain access to unique workshops, experiences, and mentorship. The lessons will focus on the history, practice, science, and art behind photography.
The View From Here is open to New Haven-area high school students currently enrolled in the eleventh or twelfth grade, those who graduated (or obtained a GED) in 2020, and are in a gap year or first-year undergraduates at area colleges. The program will consist of weekly online classes as well as occasional group workshops and will cover the history, materials, and practice of photography. Students will learn the essential principles of taking and composing their own photographs using a smartphone or personal digital devices. The program will culminate in an online exhibition highlighting the students’ work created during the program.
The View From Here runs from February 16 through June 29, 2021. Applicants are expected to commit to the full term of the program. Weekly meetings will take place online on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm and alternate Saturday mornings from 10 to 11 am. Additional time for independent work and informal mentorship meetings will be offered each week. Please note: a strong and committed presence at all meetings is required.
Conceived as a collaboration between the Center and LML, the course will draw primarily from our respective collections and activities. The photographic collections of the Center range from the earliest masterpieces of analogue photography through recent and contemporary digital photography, including individual works of art as well as photographic albums, cartes de visite, extra illustrated books, and other ephemera. The LML houses the world’s largest reference collection of photographic paper—essentially serving as a “genome” of black-and-white photography—and provides science and data analysis for understanding the medium’s material history. Our respective collections and staff will provide the core pillars of the program; alongside, we will draw upon the expertise of the Photography department at the Yale School of Art, curators at the Yale Art Gallery, and other staff and collections at the university.
The following topics will be covered:
- Smartphone and digital photography
- Analog photography such as cyanotypes, pinhole cameras, and more!
- The history of photography through Yale collections
- Photo exhibitions and curatorial practice
- Photography conservation
- Team collaboration on a group exhibition
- Mentorship and career counseling
Students will receive a stipend of $500 (US dollars) at the completion of the program. Supplies and materials will also be provided for all analog photography workshops.
Students currently enrolled in a Greater New Haven-area public school in the eleventh or twelfth grade, or who finished high school in 2020, are eligible. First-year undergraduates that are currently enrolled in a public college or university in the Greater New Haven area are also invited to apply.
There is no prerequisite for the program—no camera or prior photography experience is required. We are looking for creative, dynamic, team-spirited participants interested in building a space and learning together about photography, making pictures, sharing ideas, and creating community.
Applications must be submitted online and include contact information for one reference.