University of the Arts Presents 'm(eye)environment' Showcase of Photography by South Philadelphia Children

Youngsters worked with internationally known photographers and UArts student mentors to capture extraordinary images

March 10, 2011

The Office of the President at the University of the Arts will present an invitational art exhibit showcasing the photography of young South Philadelphia students participating in "m(eye)environment," a digital photography summer camp co-sponsored by the University of the Arts, Fels Community Center, Caring People Alliance and the Philadelphia Zoo. An opening reception will take place on Friday, March 18. The exhibit is open to the public and runs through March 30.

Twenty-five students ages 10 to 13 participated in the program in the summer of 2010, working side by side with internationally known photographers and mentored by Photography students from the University of the Arts. Instructors in the program included Hussain Aga Khan, co-sponsor of the program and international environmentalist; Antonin Potoski, international photographer, curator and teacher; and Patrick Codomier from Agence VU' in Paris. The program was founded by Bob Morrison.

"M(eye)environment" allowed the students to work with the artists and students to learn professional photography techniques while participating in workshops and tours that focus on environmental issues. Field trips included behind-the-scenes tours of the Philadelphia Zoo, where students created unforgettable images of animals both exotic and familiar.

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