Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: Amina and Textli

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Mentor/Mentee pair Amina Cruz and Textli Gallegos work together on LFP’s Exposures project, an online collaboration between creative communities in Vermont, Tijuana and Oregon. Both women are from Los Angeles; Amina works in the Art department for different TV shows and Textli attends Los Angeles County School for the Arts in East Los Angeles. They recently sat down for a chat and here’s what they had to say! Continue reading

Las Fotos Project student photo exhibit on May 21


Neighborhood Identities is a photography exhibit created by 150 teenage girls documenting the history, culture, and diversity of Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, neighborhood identities are especially — and perhaps uniquely — strong. Proudly strong. You do not have an awareness of passing out of County Supervisorial District 1 into District 2. But you know when you step into Koreatown, into Westwood, into Echo Park. Those places have cultures, lives, and histories as complicated as the most meandering of soap opera genealogies.

Over the course of our spring semester of programming, Las Fotos Project student photographers, girls and young ladies ages 11 to 18, have been photographing their neighborhoods and learning more about what makes the place they call home so unique. Join us on Saturday, May 21 from 2pm to 5pm at ArtShare LA and experience Los Angeles like never before.

This is a free community celebration and closing reception of our Neighborhood Identities student exhibition. For more information on other ways of viewing the work, please email info@lasfotosproject. To donate to learn more about Las Fotos Project, please visit

WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 2pm to 5pm
WHERE: ArtShare LA located at 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Family portraits for families from the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC)

By Samantha, age 17

The portrait event was an amazing experience because as a student I was introduced to a different form of photography that interested me. I enjoyed learning how to set up for portrait shoots and how to make sure you have good lighting.

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Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: Gabi and Michelle


Michelle Bravo is from South LA, CA, and lives with her mom, brother, sister and step dad. She likes exploring new places and going out to eat with her family.

Gabi Guerra is a native of Phoenix, AZ and recently graduated from Pomona College  with a degree in Media Studies. She joined Las Fotos Project as a mentor last semester and is beginning to feel more comfortable in the classroom.  This mentee/mentor pair recently sat down for chat about LA, school, and exploring life through a different lens. Continue reading

Zine workshop at the studio of Martine Syms


As she reflected upon her experience at last Saturday’s Zine Workshop at Martine Studio, Kyria, age 13, observed that “people assume that Boyle Heights is a bad neighborhood. [However,] in each community, everyone has a little bit of their individual culture expressed through murals and other art forms.” Continue reading

Our trip to the Hammer Museum

By Beatriz Gramajo, age 17


My name is Beatriz and I had the opportunity to visit the Hammer Museum with Las Fotos Project and all the girls and mentors from the Exposures program, which is the program I’m currently participating. Continue reading

Join us at Viva La Muxer, a benefit event for Las Fotos Project


Viva La Muxer is a celebration of International Women’s Day, an art and musical festival, and a benefit event for Las Fotos Project, a photography space for teenage girls. Viva La Muxer features an all women line-up of musicians, visual artists, performance artists, and spoken word poets. Tickets available at

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Now Hiring: Teaching Artists!


Our core programs are led by a Teaching Artist, a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills, curiosities and sensibilities of an educator, who engages a wide range of people in learning experiences through photography.

Here at Las Fotos Project, Teaching Artists are hired professionals and photographers with experience teaching youth. They have a strong commitment to, and experience in, documentary photography, photojournalism, and/or street photography; familiarity with participant photography and visual storytelling, and they are experts in digital media, including image management.  Continue reading

You’re invited! Fall 2015 student photo exhibit: home.


We asked 100+ teenage girls from Westlake, Huntington Park, Koreatown, Highland Park, Boyle Heights, South Central LA, and Tijuana. Come check out their photos and read their writing documenting what the word home means to them.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Self Help Graphics & Art, 1300 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033


Alliance College Ready Charter School #16
Arroyo Seco Library
Aspire Ollin Preparatory High School
Augustus Hawkins High School
Bresee Foundation
Building Healthy Communities Boyle Heights
Clinton Middle School
East LA Women’s Center
Girls Today Women Tomorrow track
Luther Burbank Middle School
Mendez High School
Mercado La Paloma
Search to Involve Pilipino Americans
The Aja Project
The In-Sight Photography Project
Pasaje Rodriguez

The California Endowment
Vernon Community Fund
Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council
Employee Community Fund of Boeing CA
Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
Weingart Foundation
California Community Foundation
Parsons Foundation

Las Fotos Project Tijuana Fundraiser

By: Las Fotos Project Tijuana Team

DSC02233Wow, we are writing with our hearts full of happiness from Tijuana — we reached AND surpassed our fundraising goal and were able to raise $937 for this semester of Las Fotos Project Tijuana on Fondeadora! We are sending out a huge hug to everyone who has helped us in this campaign, we couldn’t do the work we do without you! Continue reading