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...
Jan 27, 2014

2013 - A Year in Review

Critical Exposure Year in Review
Critical Exposure Year in Review

2013 was an amazing year for Critical Exposure! We served 175 students through 16 programs, received unprecedented media coverage that amplified CE student voices to national conversations, and saw some amazing changes in schools and communities as a result of our students' efforts.

All of our success this year was possible thanks to supporters like you! We look forward to seeing what we can achieve together in 2014.

Visit to get more updates and see student photos!

Thank you again for all of your support,

Adam Levner

Executive Director and Co-Founder

P.S. Be sure to check out this video of CE Fellow Delante on Al Jazeera America!

Nov 4, 2013

Future Photographers of the Month

Introducing the Youth Internship! In September, Critical Exposure developed a new afterschool program called the Youth Internship. It's an intro program that builds leadership, photography, advocacy and political education skills for high school students. At the end of the program, students will be prepared to take their skills to the next level while leading a citywide advocacy campaign!

We were also honored to receive a Mayor's Arts Award for "Oustanding Contribution to Arts Education" from the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities. Our Fellows hosted a documentary screening and discussion with over 30 community members in attendance, and our 6th annual photo auction was our most successful yet. With over 200 people in attendance, we raised over $38,000 for youth advocacy and photography in D.C.

Aug 7, 2013

Walk in Students' Shoes

This summer we passed the mic - our students are teaching our classes! We launched our first-ever Summer Youth Facilitator Institute, and trained three star students -- Malik, Khadijah, and Anaise -- to work with other youth and teach them to use photography as a tool for social change. Together the SYFI teachers are working with three groups of youth - Cathedral ScholarsDC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, and Guerilla Arts Ink. Check out the photo below to see what they've created!

Also, CE Fellow Orlando is interning this summer with the Advancement Project. This interview asks him about his work with CE and his fight for solutions to the school-to-prison pipeline!

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