My Viewpoint Youth Photography Initiative: Two upcoming exhibitions

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Students in the My Viewpoint Photography Program will be exhibiting their work in two upcoming exhibitions—at the Venice Arts Gallery (Venice, CA) and Fovea Exhibitions (Beacon, NY).

My Viewpoint is a youth photography initiative on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, created by Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grantee Emily Schiffer. The project was first launched in 2005, and uses the concept of apprenticeship to pair students, ages 6-20, to work alongside professional photographers. Students work in both analog and digital photography, printing their images in an onsite darkroom. 

My Viewpoint is run through the Sioux YMCA in Dupree, SD, and in partnership with Daylight Community Arts Foundation. 

Shipping and Receiving: Photographs and Letters Between Venice, CA and Dupree, SD
August 6–September 30, 2011
Venice Arts Gallery in Venice, California
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 6, 5-8 p.m.

This exhibit features the photographs taken by students in the My Viewpoint photography program, and highlights a collaborative photographic exchange between the youth in the My Viewpoint program and youth at Venice Arts, conducted over 2010 and 2011.

Children of the Cheyenne River
July 23–September 4, 2011
Fovea Exhibitions in Beacon, New York
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 23, 5–7 p.m.
Artist Reception Talk with Emily Schiffer: Second Saturday August 13, 5–9 p.m.

This exhibit is comprised of medium format black white photographs of the students in the My Viewpoint photography program by the program's founder Emily Schiffer, accompanied by a narrative text that explores Schiffer's perspective on her evolving relationship with them, as well as photographs and text from the students.