Photojournalism Students Featured on WHYY's 'NewsWorks' Portal

'Portraits of Black History Month' showcases images and personal comments about the meaning of the observance

March 4, 2011

As part of the collaborative project between the University of the Arts and Philadelphia PBS / NPR / online media provider WHYY, second-, third- and fourth-year Photography students were recently featured on NewsWorks, the online home of WHYY News.

Given as an assignment for Black History Month by Photojournalism Master Lecturer Peter Tobia, the "Portraits of Black History Month" slideshow showcases images taken by the students as well as the photo subjects' personal comments about the meaning of the observance.

"The idea behind the project was to get students to understand other cultures and explore ethnicity beyond what is familiar to them. In a small way it was moving beyond a person's comfort zone and opening up the circle in include rather than exclude,” says Tobia. "The students were challenged also by seeking out people they didn't know, talking with them and eventually asking if they could be photographed, which can be a very intimidating experience for both subject and photographer."

Participating Photography students included sophomores Brittney Bowers, Ashlee Espinal, Joe Fox and Gianna Vadino; juniors Kimberly Brausam, Alyssa Hargrove, Scott Holies and Naima Merella; and seniors Brenda Garate, Diana Hamm, Megan Lamon, Gretchen Lovrinov, Jessi Melcer and Kelly Soltis.

NewsWorks covers the Philadelphia region, Delaware and South Jersey, with a focus on regional issues, neighborhoods, health and science, and the arts.

Above: Maxwell Van Hook '12 (Graphic Design) photographed by Ashlee Espinal '13 (Photography).

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