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...
In their own words: Voices of high school admissions, round two
Friday, March 18, 2016
Choosing a public high school to attend in New York City is akin to the "Hunger Games," some parents will tell you. Kids either look at it as an exciting process that will finally get them to the cool world of high school or as a stressful one that promises no guarantees of a solid academic future. The reality of "school choice" and matching kids to schools in New York City is actually tied to a complicated Nobel Prize winning algorithm.
Last weekend a few classmates and I from LynNell Hancock's Covering Education class teamed up with Chalkbeat New York to report on this complex world. We went out to a Round 2 High School fair to talk to middle schoolers who are still searching for a school after receiving their placements in the Round 1 application process. Please take a minute to learn from these families!
Onetime Homeless-Shelter Resident Trains to Work in One
Monday, March 14, 2016
A powerful story I had two days to work on is now out in today's GNY section of The Wall Street Journal. It was an honor to spend time with Secilly Aviles, who at 26 years old, is trying to rebuild her life and the lives of her three children after years living in and out of shelters. She is one of a few students in a paid internship program at Project Renewal which trains the formerly homeless and low income men and women how to work in city shelters.
Thank you to Secilly for letting me shadow her for two days straight and for being so generous to open up her world to me. Was so hard to walk away from her and her family at the end of my official work day knowing that while her story would be neatly wrapped in a photo slideshow, her life and story continue.
After School Project featured in New York Stories – A Floating Photographic Exhibition with United Photo Industries & The East River Ferry
Friday, December 11, 2015
Proud to announce that "The After School Project" will have it's very first exhibition and on the East River Ferry of all places! United Photo Industries has partnered up with the East River Ferry to create a series of floating exhibitions under the theme "New York Stories." The work will be up from December 8-February 1st, 2016. Let me know if you come across it on your next nautical journey across the river!
Stay updated with The After School Project
Monday, November 2, 2015
If anyone is interested in staying updated on my ongoing personal project "The After School Project," please feel free to like the Facebook page or follow on Twitter. The surefire way is to follow on Instagram of course @afterschoolproject.
This week I'll be documenting Brooklyn Technical High School's football team as they finish up their season.
I'm always open to ideas, collaborations and partnerships. Feel free to reach out!
A Great Week for The After School Project
Thursday, October 15, 2015
It's been an exciting few weeks for my personal project "The After School Project." The work has been profiled on both The Guardian and VICE and after a wonderful experience at the Eddie Adams workshop, I was awarded an assignment with Education Week, a great opportunity for both me and my personal work on New York City youth.
Please follow along on @afterschoolproject 's journey this year on Instagram. I welcome ideas, collaborations and all the like!
After School Project Named Finalist of Getty Images Instagram Grant
Monday, September 14, 2015
So pleased to share with my fellow GUILD members that my Instagram project "The After School Project" has been recognized as one of five finalists for the inaugural Getty Images Instagram Grant.
The recognition and mentorship the project will recieve come at a such a great time. I'm very touched that two of the photo world's biggest leaders have taken notice of my small project and want to help me grow it. Follow us along at https://instagram.com/afterschoolproject/
Reporting made possible thanks to the International Women's Media Foundation. Would love some help promoting the work as this week marks the 21st anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide and I'm working to bring this new narrative to the region.
FVTALKS & @FotoVisura IG Takeover
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Happy Sunday, fellow GUILD-ers! This week you can find me over on the @fotovisura IG account where I’ll be posting outtakes from stories I’ve shot over the last few years. Most of these photographs have never seen the light of day and have been collecting digital dust in my hard drives. I’m hoping this takeover can begin a conversation about the trials and tribulations of photo editing. The editing process can difficult for many photographers, especially the more sentimental or emotional bunch like myself. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stubbornly included an image into a portfolio edit merely because I remembered the exact moment and memory attached to its capture.
“Why are there so many hands in your edit?!,” countless editors have said to me. “Because I think hands are beautiful and expressive,” I retort.
It’s amazing how one image can evolve from being crucial, redundant or purely unnecessary within a story sequence. I think what many people fail to realize is that effective visual story telling doesn’t end at the magic that draws you to pull the trigger on your camera shutter. The magic transpires during the countless hours of hair pulling and eye-straining over your laptop. It’s the artful selection process; the dutiful curating that will make a story sing. It seems to be in the editing that we editors, curators, artists, photographers, viewers seem to misunderstand each other. In the spirit of FotoVisura’s new GUILD platform, which seeks to bring transparency and community to the photo industry, I encourage you to join in on the conversation that I will be having with myself this week. Whether you’re a photographer or just an average @instagram junkie, I’d love for us all to decide whether there is in fact a magic formula to editing.
If you are not an Instagram junkie however, you can also hop on over to @twitter for the next few days where I’ll be interviewed by @fotovisura about life and that daily freelance photo grind we all love so much. That was a mouthful. Cheers!
Saturday, February 7, 2015
A new photo series titled "Grimm Tales" inspired by my time in Germany this fall. The images are a modern take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales all our childhood stories originate from. Take a look by entering the passworkd "BrothersGrimm" here : http://www.cassandragiraldo.com/grimm-tales
Traveling to Rwanda
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Hello Guild family,
I thought I'd share that I'll be traveling to Rwanda on a reporting fellowship for two weeks beginning February 10-24. The trip also includes a stop in Kampala, Uganda for four days from Feb. 12-15. If anyone has worked/traveled there or know anyone who has, please let me know! It is my first time traveling there so it will be great to be put in touch with any experts on the region. Excited to share more soon from the field. Thanks!
New Year, New 'do!
Monday, January 19, 2015
Hello everyone! This marks my very first post as a Guild member. Thanks to the hard work and kindness of the lovely duo Adriana and Graham Letorney, I have completely re-designed my website which comes with a lot of exciting features and new work. So happy to be a part of Guild in its inaugural year. It's the start of something really big for all of us photographers, I can feel it. Cheers!