In the 2021-2022 academic year, the Commodore Photo Collaborative came together to document the impact of the late-stage COVID-19 pandemic at Commodore John Rodgers in East Baltimore. CJR is a Baltimore City Public School serving grades Pre-K-8.
The youth worked with mentor and photographer Nate Larson, borrowing cameras for the year to document the school community. We made photographs both separately and together, and come together weekly to discuss the nature of photographs, composition and technique, as well as what it means to make a portrait of a community. This volume contains a selection of 32 photographs from the 3,685 photographs made over the course of the academic year.
Thank you to the Commodore John Rodgers community for your trust. Special thanks to Michael Rennard, the CJR Gifted & Advanced Learning Coordinator for facilitating our collaboration. Thank you to the teachers for making space for our photography sessions. Thank you to the CJR administration for supporting the partnership.
AC:I am thankful for having the opportunity to bepart of the team.
DD:Handheld cameras > iPhones. For sure.
LJC:I am grateful for the experience and the friends I made along the way. See y’all 8th grade. I’ll miss y’all.
NL:Thank you to the team for the privilege of working with y’all. My photographs are dedicated (always) to TMHL.
GM:Experience: 10 out of 10. Would recommend.