In the summer of 2012, Las Fotos Project, in partnership with Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC), facilitated an intensive 5-day experimental photography program with eleven girls from Koreatown and surrounding neighborhoods.
Participants, girls ages 14-18, learned about alternative processing techniques, combination printing, extreme exposures, and unusual filters. They also learned about the main experimental photography elements of composition which included color, radical perspective, distortion, and extreme cropping.
Students used digital, 35mm film, Polaroid and experimental cameras such as fisheye lenses and multiplelens cameras to document the Koreatown community and their lives in their respective neighborhoods. They explored concepts such as self-perception, emotion, and identity while creating collages and art pieces which reflected these themes.
The group worked together to create a zine which showcases their photographs and mixed media collages. They also explored creative writing techniques which helped them to create poems and short stories for their work.
Also included in the zine is an individual project in which they combined copies of their photographs documenting their neighborhood and community members, and images and words pulled from magazines and newspapers. With these materials, they created large-scale works which give insight into how they view themselves and the place they call home.
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