by Lauren Henschel
I came to the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, New York in 2016-2017 as Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow. The JustArts Program is a digital photography course I developed at the Center as part of my work there. Students in the course were asked to use photography as a medium to understand identity, community and the world around them.
The second JustArts class was taught in summer 2019 to ten South Brooklyn youth and culminated in a book and an exhibition of student photography at the Red Hook Library. The images these young artists created were and continue to be prominently featured on a fence exhibition in the center of Red Hook.
The event brought together Red Hook residents and the families of the artists in celebration of self-discovery and community through photography.
You can explore the book here:
This event could not have been possible without the Red Hook Community Justice Center, The Price Family Foundation, Red Hook Labs, The Hine Fellowship, United Photo Industries and the Brooklyn Arts Council.