As a photojournalist I’ve shot hundreds of schools going back to the 1970’s, of all kinds, worldwide, as well as the various educational trends in the US coming and going as we as a society have sought to fix our school system. (I personally was the worst student, so bad my own mother tried to have me expelled from High School.) Never had I seen such intensely interested and dedicated kids– they really seemed to love being in school and learning. Imagine that! Alan Blum and his agency Re: Vision pitched my agent Bill Stockland for someone to help out with this new campaign for Uncommon Schools, a charter school system, and Bill brought the project to me. At first I was reluctant given how much pro bono work we did in the last few years. Honestly, we really need to work these days. Once I met Alan, heard about the schools and understood that he really wanted me to do my thing and collaborate with him,
I was hooked. From their site: “Uncommon Schools (Uncommon) is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college.” We shot in two schools in Bed Stuy. Look for these hitting the NYC Subways this month.