History of Exposures

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IT ALL STARTED WHEN…

Exposures was developed collaboratively by directors of The In-Sight Photography Project and the Hall Farm Center, both Vermont-based non profit arts organizations. Programming began in 2001 with a retreat in southern Vermont for young photographers from In-Sight (Brattleboro, Vermont) and International Center for Photography at The Point (Bronx, NY). The days were filled with making, thinking and talking about images, walks in the woods, spontaneous break dancing lessons, and deeper discussions of personal responses and losses in relation to the attacks of September 11th. During the same period, Exposures also began to work with youth organizations on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, assisting with the implementation of photography programming for youth on the reservation and forming relationships within the community.

The inspiration of these initial programs and partnerships resulted in the development of Exposures’ Summer programming bringing together youth from various locations for intensive programs exploring arts and culture within the context of a host community. Between 2003 and 2008 Exposures brought together youth from locations including the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, southern Vermont, New York City, and the Navajo Nation in Arizona in the host community of Pine Ridge. In 2008 participants from each of these locations traveled between Pine Ridge, New York City and southern Vermont. With the addition of Exchange programming in fall 2009, Exposures expanded to offer year-round opportunities for youth participation and collaboration between partnering communities.

During summer 2009 Exposures formally became a program of The In-Sight Photography Project. In-Sight provides photography courses to youth across the economic spectrum and provides all materials for every student regardless of their ability to pay class fees.