HCP’s Collaborations is an educational program that celebrates photography and encourages cooperation and teamwork between Houston-area high school students as they create an exhibition from beginning to end

Now in its eleventh year, Collaborations includes 29 students from ten Houston-area high schools. These teenagers met photography expert every other week in the evenings at HCP to learn from staff and guests, to discuss exhibition planning, to critique photographic work, and to participate in lectures and discussions with artists and photographers from the Houston community.

The young photographers who participated in the program were particularly interested in the inherent reality and construction within a photograph. This has been a topic surrounding photography since the medium was invented. How a photographer or editor chooses to manipulate an image, crop it, or select a particular scene from an event can often question the reality of a situation. This calls to attention the fact that our culture is often influenced by an individual’s (or the media’s) choice to publish a certain image. Are these images representative of that person or event? Or, is it a mask? In this exhibition, these artists emphasize that photography has the power to deceive reality and that, as artists, they as individuals also have the ability to harness that power to expose a truth.

Other Related Programming:
Artist Talks: May 13, 6:30pm

May 9, 2014, Friday, 5:30pm–8:00pm

May 9–July 6, 2014