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An image trapped inside a camera is only step one of creating a photograph. Help us build a working photo lab for our Philadelphia public high school.
Doug Herman
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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$10,000 will help change the image of Philly’s public schools.

You’ve heard the story: despite the determined efforts of parents, educators and advocates, Philadelphia’s public schools are still under financial siege.

Yet, as an inquiry-driven, project-based high school, Science Leadership Academy believes the study and practice of the arts are a fundamental and necessary component of any successful education -- not a luxury or an expendable line item on a budget.  This is true for EVERY student, at EVERY school.  

Thus, in the midst of a year of extraordinary financial constraints and endless obstacles, our teachers borrowed, appropriated and repaired enough photography equipment to offer SLA students the first full-year photography program our school has ever had.

The results, posted here in videos and slideshows, have been spectacular. Working five to a camera, 75 students discovered a new passion and a powerful desire to learn more.

But a passionate teacher, enthusiastic students, and a handful of cameras simply isn't enough to sustain a viable photography program. 

We need a lab! We need equipment! We need YOUR support!

To be specific, our student artists cannot currently print their photos because we have no equipment and cannot afford outside printing. Plus, working 5 to a camera is surely not ideal.

$10,000 will equip a basic, functional lab.

By a functional lab we mean up-to-date, working cameras, supports, lights, printers, paper, ink and software to be used in a dedicated space in our school. (In our dreams, we will someday have a space to build out a proper darkroom too, in order to teach traditional printing and give young artists a complete grounding in photographic process and technique.)

We have estimated that $10,000 will cover equipment and exhaustible supplies for the coming year.

Our goal of mid-August will make the fall program possible.

Help us to sustain this remarkably successful program for the academic year 2014/15. Our students have fallen in love with the medium. Your contribution will help them grow as artists, individuals and citizens.

Thank you for taking our kids’ art education and their art-making to heart. What you get back will delight your eyes! 


Our amazing sponsors recently helped us pull off our first public exhibition, profiled as a "Top 5 Must See" by Paperclips215a prominent online resource for Philadelphia's "First Friday" art gallery crawls. 

More big news: fall 2014

Already, we’ve attracted nationally known photographers as judges and mentors. Now, our students have been offered their first official gallery show, this fall at Metropolitan Gallery 250 . But to take advantage of this opportunity, we need to be able to print their photos! 

Here's a SLIDESHARE of the work that graced the walls (and windows)
of The Neighborhood House on June 6, 2014.

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Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Photo Booth Friend

    Receive a student-selected photo from our 2013-14 Archive as a signed 8x10 print

    7 claimed
  • $20USD
    Snapshot Friend

    Personally select a photo from our 2013-14 Archive and receive a signed 8x10 print

    19 claimed
  • $50USD
    Tintype Friend

    Select a photo from our 2013-14 Archive and receive a signed 12x18 print

    7 claimed
  • $250USD
    Photogram Friend

    Select a suite of 3 photos from our 2013-14 Archive and receive signed 18x24 prints

    3 claimed
  • $500USD
    Giclée Friend

    Sit for a series of portraits with our student artists. 
Receive a series of prints from the session produced by our student artists.

    1 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Daguerrotype Friend

    One-on-One Photography Lesson and participation in a photo shoot of your design.
 Receive a series of prints from your Session produced by our student artists.
 Have the equipment you help us purchase officially named after you.

    0 claimed
  • $2,500USD
    Silver Print Friend

    Visit our program, work with our students to design a photographic essay via exploration of a genre of photography. 
Receive a hand bound book of the series created by the students. 
Have the equipment you help us purchase officially named after you.

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  • $5,000USD
    Palladium Print Friend

    Visit our program, work with our student artists to design a photographic project of your choice. 
Receive a hand bound book of the project created by our students. 
Have the equipment you help us purchase officially named after you.

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  • $10,000USD
    Platinum Print Friend

    Have the SLA Photo Lab officially named after you.
 Visit our program, work with our students to design a photographic essay or series of portraits inspired by a genre of photography. Receive a hand bound book of the project you created with the students.

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