Editorial Photography – Teach For America

Feature For Teach For America’s Alumni Magazine

I look forward to editorial photography assignments. There are often interesting subjects and locations like in this feature for Teach For America’s Alumni Magazine One Day. This story is about the diversity at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, a high school ten miles outside of Boston. The energy of the students, teachers and staff is special and exciting. They’ve created a wonderful environment for learning. It was a privilege to capture how the diversity of the students is being honored at this unique school.

Editorial photography of a high school student wearing hijab, photographer Jonathan Kannair.

Goals For Editorial Photography

I photographed during the school day without interrupting the students work. Having only a few minutes with a Muslim student I made a portrait of her in the classroom that told her story. Since coming to this school she feels free to express her cultural and religious identity. Another goal was to feature a student leader in a group setting. She shines in the moment surrounded by her classmates and teacher. Point of view is important too. In the spirit of keeping it real, I chose a student’s perspective for a classroom image. For a working portrait of the school’s principal, a Teach For America alumnus, the point of view is through her office doorway showing her environment, dedication and work ethic.

When I’m working with real people, especially in schools, I take time to be accepted and be low-key so the story is not about the photography. Then people relax and forget I’m there.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to do this assignment for Teach For America. Thanks to the subjects and the staff at KIPP Lynn.

Editorial photography of high school students having fun in a meeting within a classroom setting, photographer Jonathan Kannair.

Editorial photography of social studies teacher in classroom talking with students, photographer Jonathan Kannair.

Editorial photography of high school principal in her office, photographer Jonathan Kannair.