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Every Person in New York

In 2005, Alicia Hansen and Rebecca Locke taught an after-school photography class in the Heights. Inspired by the difference it made to the six kids in that first class, they started NYC SALT, a nonprofit photography program geared for inner-city teenagers.

The teens get "training in cutting-edge digital technology, taught by working professionals at the top of the photographic industry." There are also field trips to places like the International Center of Photography and Bloomberg News. Both the art and the business of photography is taught—the rest is up to the teens themselves. Click on any of the portfolios and we think you'll find the results heartening. We certainly do.

You can help SALT in its mission to 'flavor and preserve communities' by buying a print ($50 for an unframed 8x10), make a (tax-deductible) donation or subscribe to their quarterly newsletter.

[Today's main image is by SALT alum Lewis Escano]

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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