Heroes: Real or Imagined - Pop Culture Explored through the Lens of Annie Leibovitz

Past Program

MCCL proposed a photography-based project to Ms. Kris Webster, Assistant Curator of Programs for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, which gained support through the financial backing of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The donated time and tutelage of local photographer Sue Siri was instrumental in the engagement of young people from Highland Park Junior High in a unique examination of pop culture.

Heroes: Real or Imagined – Pop Culture Explored through the Lens of Annie Leibovitz brought together 13 students to learn about photography through the study of world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. Ms. Leibovitz’s images have appeared in countless magazines but she is arguably best known for her images of pop culture icons as they appear on the pages of Vanity Fair.

Students committed to the project, and MCCL arranged for a facilitator of a 4-week workshop. The project involved a blend of in-school instruction as well as field trips to the AGNS boardroom to examine select images from the Leibovitz collection, and MCCL for an unveiling of the students’ original photographic work that resulted from the program.

The AGNS sponsored the project to the amount of $2,000. These funds went towards expenses, including materials and travel as well as an artist’s stipend.

“Watching my students lend themselves to the lens, both in front of and behind, was utterly inspiring,” said Shea McKnight, Highland Park Junior High teacher. “The conversations between them, the friendships made, and the lessons learned were priceless. My students showed fearlessness and empowerment of which their photographs display.  Highland Park Junior High is very proud of the accomplishments of these thirteen students.”

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