Photography Class Offers a New Way to Capture History

This year St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s introduced an innovative photography course under the leadership of social studies teacher and accomplished photographer Duane Bailey-Castro. Students in grades 5-8 explore the fundamentals of photography while also considering the role of photography in shaping how we view history. 

Photographs can tell important stories, Mr. Bailey Castro explains. “The most compelling photographs—like a good story—attract the viewer and make them feel a connection to the subject.” 

Recently, Mr. Bailey-Castro led his sixth grade class on a Greco-Roman architectural tour of Columbia University’s campus. As the sixth graders practiced framing their subjects and capturing the perfect photograph, Duane discussed the influence of the Classics on the Founding Fathers and American democracy. 

Mr. Bailey-Castro is a self-taught urban landscape and travel photographer who has worked extensively throughout the world and, closer to home, in the Bronx, his home borough. In 2016, the Montefiore Medical Center displayed Mr. Bailey-Castro’s photographs at his first solo exhibit: “Connecting People, Strengthening Communities: The Harlem River Bridges.” 

St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s proximity to Riverside Park provided a wonderful opportunity for the eighth grade class to practice photographing nature. Click here or on the image below to view a gallery of photographs captured by our eighth grade students.