The Queensbridge Photo Collective is a group of photographers who live at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, New York. With over 7,000 residents, the Queenbridge Houses are nation's largest public housing project. Collective members participate in adult photo classes offered by the Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) in partnership with the Jacob Riis Settlement and teaching artists from 5 Corners Collective, Inc.
Founded in 1941, JHP provides free photography classes throughout New York City. It seeks to transform the lives of individuals facing social and economic disadvantage by giving them the tools to see differently, build lifelong skills, engage with their communities, and share their vision creatively with others. In 2019, it founded the F-Stop Project with funding from New York State to bring photography to Queensbridge.
The Jacob Riis Settlement, located in the heart of the Queensbridge Houses, is a community-focused organization dedicated to building and strengthening underserved communities in Western Queens and acting as a catalyst for change. It provides a range of services including early education, youth guidance and crime intervention, senior programs, and specialized programs for young people.
5 Corner Collective is a non-profit teaching and exhibition collaborative founded by five graduates of the University of Hartford's MFA program in photography. It partners with community groups to place professional photographers in underserved areas to teach photography. Its teaching artists teach others how to use photography to celebrate their strengths, confront their challenges - and elevate their voices.