Photography, since its inception, has always been used as a tool to document a moment in time that the photographer believes has value. From modern history's defining moments, like World War II or the speeches of Martin Luther King, to seemingly mundane family moments, photography has captured billions of such moments in human history that may never repeat. Recently, Gareth Smit produced a short film on three young documentary photographers from New York City.
Each of the teens featured in Smit's video is attending a community documentary photography program in New York City. Focusing on subject matter close to them, these young photographers are setting out to document the world as they see it. Their focuses vary from the lives of their friends and family to the current post-election atmosphere in the United States, but all are using photography as a tool to communicate and share their view of the world with others.
Check out the article on the New York Times Lens blog, and get inspired by these young people hitting the streets to record the world. It serves to remind us that it's never to early to start and that exploring the world through your eyes can be a great educational tool for young people.
[via New York Times Lens Blog]