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Teen Photographers Keep Darkrooms In Focus

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Students in the Picture Me program at Curie Metropolitan High School in Chicago participate in an intensive program that introduces them to the theory and technical details of photography. (Courtesy of Joel Wanek)

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Students in the Picture Me program at Curie Metropolitan High School in Chicago experiment with multiple exposures on black and white film. (Courtesy of Pui Chau)

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Students in the Picture Me program at Curie Metropolitan High School in Chicago participate in an intensive program that introduces them to the theory and technical details of photography. (Courtesy of Joel Wanek)

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Students in the Outreach Pre-College Program at the Cooper Union School of Art take photos with manual cameras and develop their own black and white prints. (Courtesy of Emmet Barak)

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Students in the Outreach Pre-College program at Cooper Union School of the Arts in New York experiment with double exposures and darkroom printing techniques. (Courtesy of Olivia Flick)

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Student photographers at Ithaca High School shoot with 35mm manual cameras and develop their own prints. (Courtesy of Luke Bower)

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Students in the photography program at Ithaca High School learn how to mix the chemicals to develop their black and white prints. (Courtesy of Judy Cogan)

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Is film photography a dying art? Not according to some students in photography programs at public high schools. Even in the age of the digital camera, the magical quality of film photography continues to enchant teenagers today.


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