In response to schools closing for the year due to coronavirus, the Lackawanna Historical Society is hosting “Every Picture Tells a Story,” a photography workshop for students. Supported by funding from the Margaretta Briggs Foundation, the program will create a visual archive of how Lackawanna County looks under quarantine. The workshop, which will begin in May and run through the end of summer, will give aspiring photographers a chance to document their hometown neighborhoods during this historic period. Students will follow social distancing guidelines but will be encouraged to share their perception of how the quarantine can best be expressed through photographic images.

Photojournalist Jake Danna Stevens, a staff photographer at The Times-Tribune will instruct the students via Zoom lectures in a three-part course to teach light, composition, moments, archaical photography, archiving and caption writing. The program is open to high school students from across Lackawanna County, including Scranton, Clarks Summit, Dalton, Old Forge and Dickson City.

By taking documentary/photojournalistic style photos, students will present scenic, pictorial and detail photos of how things look during the coronavirus quarantine. At the end of this program, students’ photos will be displayed as part of an online gallery and promoted through local media outlets and will then become part of the Society’s permanent collection. The Lackawanna Historical Society is dedicated to documenting, preserving and interpreting Lackawanna County history and what’s happening right now is a significant part of that history.

For more information, contact the society by email at lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

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