Cassandra Giraldo

Photojournalist
     
The After School Project
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Nationality: American
Biography:                   Originally from Los Angeles, California, Cassandra Giraldo is an independent photojournalist based in Brooklyn, New York. She has spent the last three years freelancing as a newspaper... MORE
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The After School Project
Copyright Cassandra Giraldo 2023
Updated May 2016
Location Brooklyn, NY
Topics Adolescence, Candid, Civil Rights, Community, Education, Globalization, Happiness, Hope, iPhone, Minority, Personal, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, School/College, Teens, Youth

The @afterschoolproject (2011-2017) is an Instagram-based project that examines how urban youth spend their time outside the gaze of their teachers and parents. The project primarily takes place in New York City and is meant to be a playful yet nuanced census of how adolescents act unabashedly themselves, pretending to be grown-ups, despite the complicated and sometimes unequal social and educational systems they must navigate. 

The project, which began on Instagram, gained worldwide exposure after it was recognized as an exceptional finalist in the inaugural Getty Images Instagram Grant in 2015. The work has been exhibited at Photoville (2016) and on the East River Ferry (2016) and was featured In The New York Times, Slate, The Atlantic, VICE I-D, The Guardian and others. 



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