On Friday, January 13, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, debuts the 22nd edition of Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photography. The annual photography exhibition is a collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and area high schools to document and celebrate Houston’s diverse neighborhoods. The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, May 7, in the Kinder Education Foundation Center and the Lower Beck Corridor.
Eye on Houston invites students to offer a glimpse into their daily lives, experiences, and personal stories. Each generation witnesses Houston through new eyes, seeing and experiencing a fresh incarnation of the city. Utilizing photography as a tool, these student photographers document their perspectives. This year, all high schools in the Houston Independent School District were invited to participate and the Museum received more than 400 submissions from across the Houston area. Students were motivated to participate by their teachers, including Ray Carrington, Neda Khan, Abigail Marte, Terry Merwin, Danielle Pontus, and Kelly Quarles.
The diversity of and connections between these areas are showcased through images by students from Bellaire High School, DeBakey High School for Health Professions, Jack Yates High School, Sam Houston High School, and Westside High School, along with Lamar High School and High School for the Performing and Visual Arts students from Through The Lens - Houston, a district-wide afterschool program focusing on photography as a profession. Chosen for this year’s exhibition were 64 photographs by junior and senior students.