Critical Exposure

Critical Exposure is a nonprofit that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change. We empower youth and youth-serving organizations to participate in the democratic process through an approach that combines photography and advocacy to facilitate: Youth Empowerment - Train students in documentary photography, leadership, and advocacy; teach them to document issues affecting their lives; and help them to use their images and voices to build support for changes to improve their schools and communities. Public Engagement - Inform and engage the public by using students' photographs and w...

Showing Photos to Legislators

Showing Photos to Legislators
Baltimore, MD students show their photographs of school conditions to legislators. The students' photographs and testimony helped convince state legislators to allocate $100 million in new funding for school facilities. (view small | med | large | orig)

Self-Portrait In Front Of School

Self-Portrait In Front Of School
One of our students poses in front of her school. (view small | med | large | orig)

Claiming/Beefing Over Hoods

Claiming/Beefing Over Hoods
“This is blood on the floor of my school from a fight over hoods. People from different gangs are in my school and fight all the time. Yesterday someone came up and started shooting. Nobody was thinking about us. They sent us back to school. I can’t afford nothing happening to me because I’m supposed to graduate. I’m the first in my family to graduate [from high school].” - Rayvon, 12th Grade, DC (view small | med | large | orig)

Students With Their Photos

Students With Their Photos
A class of our students pose with their photos. (view small | med | large | orig)

A Vision So Clear with a Sound So Faint

A Vision So Clear with a Sound So Faint
“I put a photo of my brother on the piano. It says ‘Graduation Picture 2006,’ and it captures the music side of him that is also in me. He graduated before he got killed. I’m going back to school because I made a promise to him that I was going to graduate. But while I was in school, he got killed. So I dropped out, I lost my focus, I couldn’t concentrate. I’m just getting back because I made him a promise that I would walk across that same stage that he walked across.” - Byron, 12th Grade, DC (view small | med | large | orig)
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