June 6 2018

BHS Photography Students' Work to be Featured in Local Museum


Burlington High School students will soon have their photographs hanging in a local museum and gallery.


The public is invited to the Photosynthesis XIII exhibition, a collaboration of the Burlington High School and Winchester High School photography programs. The official opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 14 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The show will be hanging at The Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester, from June 14 to July 6.


This is the second year that BHS art teacher Lexi Djordjevic has involved the Burlington photography students in this special exhibition. Over the past semester, students in the Photo Portfolio and Advanced Photography classes have been creating portfolios of personal imagery. There are ten students from BHS participating in the show this year:


- Jessica Abrevaya

- Amy Chan

- Julia Feist

- Cynara Ferrao

- Jessica James

- Michelle Johnson

- Erin Kerr

- Adam Mendes

- Sydney Seavey


The program connects students from the two schools with each other and with professional photographers.

“The goal is to increase students’ awareness of the art of photography, as well as how being from different programs and different schools affects their approach to the same project,” a release from The Griffin Museum states.

The students were given the task of creating a body of work that communicates a sense of self and place. They were encouraged to explore the importance of props, the environment, facial expression, metaphor, and body language in portrait photography.

Students also met with working artists and photographers.

In November they met with David Weinberg, who after a 28-year career as an academic pathologist at a Boston teaching hospital, decided to pursue his longstanding interest in photography on a full-time basis, the museum said. For many years his research explored the use of digital imaging to detect and classify human disease, so it was entirely natural for him to adopt digital photography for his personal work. In 2006 he obtained a Certificate in Professional Photography from the Center for Digital Imaging and the Arts at Boston University.

Keiko Hiromi met with students in February and discussed her photography journey especially her project on survivors of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan. Keiko Hiromi is a Japanese photographer based in Boston and Tokyo. Her work has appeared on NYT, People Magazine, Vanity Fair, El Pais, Der Spiegel, Diamond Weekly (japan), Boston Globe, PRI and ABC news and many more publications around the globe.  

Students also met with photographer Sam Sweezy to discuss sequencing of images. Sweezy is a professional fine art and commercial photographer and educator who resides in Newton. He has exhibited at major photography venues including the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.

Alison Nordstrom, the former curator of the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., and photographer Sweezy gathered with students for a one-on-one discussion of their work and a final edit was created for the exhibition at the museum.

“In collaboration and through creative discourse these students have grown,” said Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum. “We are very pleased to be able to share this year’s students’ work. We thank the mentors and teachers for providing a very meaningful experience for the students. We also want to thank the Griffin Foundation and the Murphy Foundation, whose continued commitment to this project made learning possible. To paraphrase Elliot Eisner, the arts enabled these students to have an experience that they could have from no other source.’’

BCAT was the opening reception of the exhibit last year. You can check out our coverage of the event here.


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