This year our classes at HSFI had the pleasure of welcoming photographer Laurel Golio as a Guest Artist in both our Photo I and Photo II classes. Laurel shared her experience as a young photographer started out, and how she continues to balance personal and professional work in her life. We looked closely at her project with collaborator Diana Scholl called We Are the Youth, which is an ongoing photojournalism project that shares the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth in the United States. After Laurel presented her own work, she took time to view the students’ work and give feedback on their personal projects.
Below are responses from some of our students and images from the visit:
“I found Laurel’s visit very informative and inspirational because she took stories from her life and put them into her presentation to show us what inspires her to make her work.” – Taliyah
“I liked Laurel’s presentation because it was different and not cliché. I appreciated her activism and project, We Are the Youth.” -Lauryn
“During our critique, Laurel shared Sasha Arutyunova’s work with me. I was able to use her photography as inspiration for my Personal Vision project about the different perspectives of photographing dance.” -Kyara
“Laurel was very honest, open and invited us into her mind. She shared her process of balancing commercial and personal work and the realities of being a photographer. I appreciate how open she was about talking about her sexual orientation and life experiences.” -Andzelika
“It was really great she came to our class. I liked how she took pictures of people and told their stories. I like how she said it was okay to make mistakes and was honest about who she is and who she takes photographs of.” -Remy
All photo credits: Richard Burrowes, ICP Teaching Assistant