Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School: 
Teaching Visual Literacy with Aperture

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Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School (BCAM) is a small public school situated between the Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Alexis first came to BCAM in 2013 to document 9th grade math teacher, Ferrin Bujan. After several months of photographing, Alexis began leading after school digital photography classes. With the support of Aperture Foundation, Alexis was able to continue teaching with Aperture's On Site visual literacy curriculum until 2017.


The Aperture On Sight curriculum is designed to teach visual literacy through working with photography and creating photobooks. It builds students’ abilities to communicate as visual storytellers, develops them as creative and critical thinkers, as well as building their capacity for academic and professional success.

The Aperture On Sight curriculum relies on the equation: form + content + context = meaning

Photo by Armani

Photo by Armani

Image credits clockwise from upper left: Omarie, Sarah, Elicia, Sarah, Vivian, and Sayquan,