Photographs by Abe Kaye ’20 and Chronicle Assistant Photography Editor Caitlin Chung ’20 were selected to be displayed as a part of an exhibition in Photoville and New York University called “cit.i.zen.ship: Reflections on Rights by Teen Photographers.”
Visual Arts Teacher Joe Medina gave students the chance to submit pictures to the contest.
The Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts collaborated with United Photo Industries and For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative to assemble the exhibition. High school students from around the nation submitted photographs, collages and videos inspired by current human rights and social justice issues.
Both Kaye and Chung’s winning images were displayed at Photoville, an open air photography gallery in Brooklyn, from Sept. 20-23. The photos will also be displayed at Tisch from Oct. 4-Jan. 18.
Chung, an American of Korean descent, submitted a photo illustrating her cultural roots in the Korean peninsula. Her submission, titled “Second Generation,” is about her grandmother’s identity and how the oppressive government of North Korea has affected her mother and her family as a whole.
Kaye focused on ideas of citizenship in America. He submitted photographs of his grandfather in Israel and America to relate his project to the main ideas of the contest.
Kaye reflected on his experience of submitting his photography for the contest.
“You might as well submit whatever even though you do not think that you will get in because you really never know,” Kaye said. “It was free, so you might as well try and see what happens.”