High School Student Exhibits Photographs in Harlem

    High School student exhibits photographs in HarlemPhotographs taken by a talented Monclair teenager are featured in a new photography exhibition that opened Wednesday at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

    Tiana Mincey, a 17-year-old Montclair High School senior, is one of twelve young photographers participating in the show, which juxtaposes the students’ works with those of James VanDerZee.

    We Come with the Beautiful Things, is presented by Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History and Community, an eight-month photography program for high school students.

    Choosing the theme of the body, the young photographer decided to focus on the body in nude abstract forms.

    “My goal was to de-emphasize the body as a personality, focusing only on light, shape and shadows,” said Mincey, whose black and white image, ‘Epitome,’ a dramatic shot of classmate and fellow program participant Jordana Churchman’s neck, was selected for the exhibition’s postcard.

    “I intentionally didn’t use faces or whole bodies. I wanted the beauty of the body as a natural abstract shape to be seen without the clothing, makeup and accessories which so often make up who we are as individuals.”

    We Come with the Beautiful Things runs through October 25, 2009 at The Studio Museum in Harlem, www.studiomuseum.org , 144 West 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and Lenox Avenue.