Photo Collective Focuses on Philly Public School Crisis

Fairhill Elementary Principal Darlene Lomax-Garrett was overcome with emotion as her school approached permanent closure. (Courtesy of Harvey Finkle)

Photographs of many of the 24 Philadelphia public schools that were closed in 2013 will be on display at Scribe Video Center as part of a group exhibition featuring the work of the Philadelphia School Closings Photo Collective.  The Philadelphia School Closings Photo Collective came together to document the closing of an unprecedented number of Philadelphia public schools.  The rallying call for the formation of the collective was issued by fellow Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss in response to the closing of 24 Philadelphia public schools in the spring of 2013.  The body of work that has been produced serves as a visual record of the final days of two dozen public schools and the effects of their closings on the students, teachers and the communities they serve.  The exhibition was curated by Katrina Ohstrom with assistance from Melissa E. Holman, both of whom are collective members and contributors to the show.

“The events of the past year have been devastating to the students, their families and teachers, and the entire city of Philadelphia,” explains curator Katrina Ohstrom. “The members of the collective are members of the community; they are public school parents, neighbors, and concerned citizens who want justice for the people of this city.”

● What: Philadelphia School Closings Photo Collective exhibit

● Where: Scribe Video Center – 4212 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor – Philadelphia, PA 19104

● When: October 16, 2013 – January 17, 2014

Participating Photographers:

Amy Bach
Laurie BeckPeterson
Pilar Berguido
Dr. Catherine Brinkley
Harvey Finkle
Melissa E. Holman
Tieshka Smith
Katrina Ohstrom
Jill Saull
Matt Stanley

For more information contact Katrina Ohstrom 267.251.3208 or pscpcollective@gmail.com.