It is my first time to visit the photography exhibition. It’s interesting. there are three well-composed photographs of things I see at the Photoville exhibition.

The photographs were taken by Jackie Molloy. It was about a family in transition. It is a photographic essay documenting the life of Tanner, a transgender male, and his partner David, they are struggling to cope with Tanner’s unexpected pregnancy and the birth of their daughter Paetyn, and they are living together as new parents. The shots of Jackie let me feel the warmth of the family, whether it is a photo of color or point of view is to grasp a person eyeball, I especially like the pieces of their daughter raised his hand up his hands in front of a mirror but the mirror is Tanner in the same posture to the mirror smile of photos, although did not see her daughter’s face, I think she must be also very happy smile. The group of photographs fully let me feel the happiness of their family. The photographer, Jackie Molloy work to explores modern families overcoming adversities from all over the spectrum, with topics ranging from transgender right, fertility issues, foster care, and disability. These photos well reflect the difficulties and happiness of transgender families. I think it’s great that we can show one story after another through photography. This kind of photography exhibition is very attractive to me. I will come again if I have time next year.


As a native Brooklynite, I tend to stay away from Dumbo due to the influx of tourists, over priced eats, and hard to maneuver streets. After visiting Photoville, however, I have a newfound appreciation for the area. One of the first things I noticed about Photoville was the profound amount of diversity in the portrayed works. For the first time, I saw many people, artists as well as subjects in the art, that looked like me. 

One of the more informative and heavy works of art was organized by a group called Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality (NCF), entitled “Forced From Home.” Before entering the container, I knew after reading the title that it would be about the forced relocation and diaspora of the Palestinian people. As a Palestinian-American, I was excited to see this narrative on such a large platform. NCF featured the work of four different Palestinian women, each given the power to portray what is important to them about their village and life style. Much of what was featured included the women’s children, cuisine, and adaptations to the struggles around them. 

Another exhibit that I strongly admired was titled, “Of Love and War,” by Lyndsey Addario. This exhibit features a war torn Afghanistan, before and after 9/11. It was interesting to see the stark contrast of before and after American imperialism devastated the land of Afghanistan. 

It was amazing to have the artists there to bring life to their photos and to hear about their passions and motivations behind the work that they do. I highly recommended Photoville to my NYC based friends and will most definitely be visiting again next year!      


Photoville, Sept 14th.

I’ve been going to Dumbo, Brooklyn a lot for the past 4 years but I’ve never got to experience Photoville up until today. I’ve never heard or known about Photoville and it was a great experience and very eye opening to see all the different kinds of photography styles and stories that were being told.

The first picture that caught my eye was a photograph taken by Vincent Tremeau. It was of a girl named Lorand, 13, (who I first thought was a boy) who is a Syrian refugee in Iraq who loves to breakdance. She talks about how people tell her that breakdancing is for boys and she doesn’t seem to understand why people say that because she believes she’s much better than any of them. Lorand’s friend, Bellal, dyed her hair blue to rebel against everyone. Lorand and her friend, Bellal, like being different because she believes that if they keep rebelling, no boys will want to marry them, and they’ll be free forever. She talks about how two of her friends got married this year and they were 12 and 13 years old and how she hasn’t seen them since. The night before one of her friend’s wedding, Lorand sat on the ground with her friend while her friend cried because she was scared.

Another photograph that I enjoyed was of a group of young adults in South Africa, at [what looks like] a bar or restaurant and it looks like they’re having a great time. The caption mentioned how in 1994, South Africa held its first inclusive elections which ended apartheid. South Africa saw its first black president, Nelson Mandela. This all led to children being born into the new democracy in South Africa and now those children are young adults called, “the born-free generation.” It’s interesting looking at this picture and thinking about how different their lives could’ve been if apartheid was still around in South Africa.

Lastly, my favorite pictures were from a series by photographers from “The Players’ Tribune” that show world-class athletes from different sports just being normal. We’re so used to seeing these athletes dressed up in a uniform all the time that we tend to forget that these professional athletes have a normal life outside their respective sports, just like us. It shows morehuman side to these athletes.


Photo Essay Proposal: A day in the life of a professional boxer

My photo essay focuses on one of my friends that I’ve known since middle school who has become a professional boxer. Throughout the years, we’ve kept in touch but I never really got to learn about his journey of becoming a professional boxer. I’d like to document and learn more about the things he’s learned, his experiences, his training routine, his achievements, his failures, his sacrifices, and the struggles he’s been through before and after becoming a professional boxer and how his life has changed. I believe he has a fight coming up in Madison Square Garden so I’m hoping I could tag along and take document the entire process leading up to him being inside the ring at MSG.

My Friday the 13th Trip to Photoville

I arrived at Photoville unexpected, yet very excited. The many trailers filled with photographs from talented artists was just the way Professor Johnson described it. The first photographer I met was Harmen Meinsma. He’s been a photographer since he was 14 years old. I found Meinsma’s method of capturing his subjects in his Photoville display to be unique. He finds his subjects on the street and makes a connection with them. Meinsma gravitates towards vibrant, high energy people for his photos. After consent, he connects his subjects with his stylist and finds outfits that fits their vivacious personalities. I also admired his Photoville photos for showcasing vibrant older adults.  My favorite Harmen Meinsma photograph at Photoville is the one with the three black women in a garden with a windmill behind them. They are dressed in bright color outfits and posing like Destiny’s Child. Meinsma’s photos capture his subjects in an essence that balances reality with fantasy perfectly. He loves colors, finding black and white photos to be boring. He took a Polaroid of me and we took a picture together for the ‘gram. Harmen Meinsma was very fun to meet.

Next, I met Adama Delphine with Professor Johnson and a couple of classmates. I joined the conversation just as Delphine was reminiscing about the days of beepers. Friends using beepers to communicate with each other is very 1990s. Delphine has spent years photographing many things and people, including documenting hip hop culture throughout the years. Delphine revealed that she would love to photograph Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$ and current day Nas. She’s been working on a hip hop documentary since 1995 and strongly believes now is the time to release it. I personally enjoyed her photos because I am a big fan of hip hop culture. It was a pleasure speaking to and getting to know Adama Delphine.

I really enjoyed my Friday trip to Photoville. I felt very inspired looking at all the different works from the amazing artists/ photographers there. I am more excited to continue learning how to capture journalistic photographs.

PhotoVille Assignment

My experience at PhotoVille was amazing. It was my first time not only in Dumbo, but also an event like that and it was really unique. First i got to meet Ryan, as he gave out details about his work with Kelly and his piece on Opioids. After that there i saw another intriguing piece, with a concept that really fascinated me. It was about a woman’s 5 year journey, recovering from drug abuse. What was interesting about the piece was, the main work was a giant newspaper layout, and where the headline picture would go, there were multiple pictures that you could place as the headline picture, to capture every facet of her journey, and each picture was up for its own interpretation of where or what stage she was at, in the recovery.

The next piece that caught my eye was a work called “Surviving War and Famine in Yemen.” This was shot by Nariman Ayman El-Mofty. The shot that caught my eye most was, the picture of the little 12 year old boy, who was pictured working a fully functional assault riffle, and if that’s not baffling enough, the caption says he was a former child soldier. Watching the news and listening to the media, you always her about how the children in these countries having a tough life, but actually seeing it in this picture it just gave me goosebumps at how real it is out there.

The next piece that caught me was one that really hits home. It was a piece on how technology can hurt us named, “Silicon Valley Grows Up” and the artists name is Laura Morton. For some reason the pictures i took wont load up, so the details is all that is loading. The piece was an array of shots, basically picturing the surroundings of what technology is doing to us. One picture showed how the main workspace of an individual, was a pigsty. His computer location was just surrounded by empty soda cans, and junk food.  Another picture showed how people were together, but all on their respective phones. This relates to how our society is now. We are becoming so reliant on these devices that were essentially made to aide us in everyday life, to where now, these devices are, our life.


Photo Essay Proposal

Keith O’Brien

My photo proposal will focus on Liebmans Deli: an old school Jewish deli that is a cornerstone of the leafy enclave of Riverdale, NY located in the Bronx. It’s only one of two delis left in the Bronx and of the last few left in all of NYC. My piece will shine a spotlight on what was a cultural staple of NYC and why it is so hard for small, family owned businesses to survive in 2019. The photos will consist of a behind the scenes look into the deli life, testimonials from the long time patrons – some of which have been going since it’s inception in 1953!- and scenes from other delis across the 5 boroughs who have had to close and what they’ve become. A focus of the piece are the challenges faced by these businesses such as: rising rents, online and chain competitors, and other factors. 

Class Agenda: Wednesday, Sept. 11


No class on Monday.

And if you haven’t signed up for a Photoville time slot yet but intend to, please do so ASAP at the Google link.

Caption writing

Just because photojournalism is a visual medium, it doesn’t mean you get to be any less thorough when it comes to names, facts, dates, etc. You need to always make sure you get the names, locations, professions, ages (if relevant) to include in your captions. The Who/What/Where/When/Why.

Washington Post guidelines:

Freelance Image Metadata Fields

“A caption should briefly and clearly describe in a complete sentence what is happening in the picture, including an active verb (‘someone does something’). This will allow our internal systems to take sections of the sentence and automatically create keywords. In many cases, a single sentence will suffice. A second sentence is acceptable if it adds additional information, follows the required formula and does not editorialize.”

Caption example:

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 11: Actress Kate Winslet holds her award at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. Winslet won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her role in “The Reader,” as Hollywood set aside labor strife and a recession to honor the year’s best performances. (Photo by Rich Lipski for The Washington Post)

Notice how the first sentence is in present tense, describing what is literally happening in the photo, and the following sentence is in the past tense, giving background and context. 

In a photo essay, the captions play the additional role of shaping a narrative. So while wire photos and breaking news photos might all include similar captions because most likely they’ll only be used one at a time, your captions in a photo essay will need to follow a somewhat more narrative shape. Meaning, the first one will include a lot of that 5W’s stuff, while the additional captions might fill in the blanks some more.

In-class editing exercise:

  • Practice using Lightroom for touching up photos.
  • Choose your best pictures from the scavenger hunt and submit them to me in the Journalism Share folder.
  • Screening and feedback on photos.
  • Send via WeTransfer to

photo essay proposal

There are a lot of stray cats in my neighborhood, so I think my photo essay may be developed around them. The people around the community, including my family, have also tried to feed them, some stray cats have been adopted, some cats are afraid of people so they are still stray. I might take photographs of how they survived and how humans influenced them. Or my photo essay topic might be about how a stray cat was adopted by humans and how it changed.

Photo essay proposal: The Rancheros on the train.

Seven years ago I would run into a duo of street performers daily for two years straight. Every morning we would get on the same train, around the same time, at the same station. The duo was composed of a man and a woman who walked around the subway car with a cap asking for tips while the played his guitar. After her rounds she would join him with a scrapper—a latin percussion— to enrich the sounds of their songs. What stood them apart for me aside from their age, was the style of music they were playing—Rancheras. Rancheras are considered Mexican folk music. Think of country music if it was mixed with gangster rap without the hip-hop rhythm. This type of music is unusual to be heard on that specific side of the city. When you think of the Latinx music of Up-Town Manhattan, merengue, bachata, or even salsa music come to mind. Music that is representative of that Latinx community. Rancheras are not rhythmically rich as Caribbean music.  They focus is more on the lyrics. So, to have Rascheras street performers roaming the train cars of Up-Town Manhattan in cowboy attire in contrast with the audience should make for a compelling story.