FotoFest2012 Biennial Curriculum Presentation

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An overview of Literacy Through Photography programming during the FotoFest 2102 Biennial.

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Literacy Through Photography and the FotoFest Biennial:

Literacy Through Photography and the FotoFest Biennial The Literacy Through Photography (LTP) program operates year-round in public, private and charter schools, in addition to after-school and community center settings. As the student education program of FotoFest, LTP offers programming that has expanded and developed over the course of twenty-two years. What many people may not know are the multiple ways in which the LTP program is related to the FotoFest Biennial and inter-Biennial exhibitions and programs.

School Tours:

School Tours This year, 1,111 students from 25 Houston schools visited the FotoFest Biennial exhibitions.

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School Tours Students are guided through the exhibitions with a trained FotoFest staff member, where they ask and answer questions about the themes and ideas in the artwork.

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School Tours We had an excellent and highly informative educational experience during this FotoFest field trip. The FotoFest objective to use photographs to teach culture was relevant to the research that our Gifted and Talented students are currently making. The method of instruction was very effective. I am truly grateful for the experience given to our students by the FotoFest organization. - Francisco Fontillas , Channelview ISD Comments from a teacher after a visit to the Biennial exhibitions:

Often, during the Biennial, opportunities arrive for cultural exchanges with artists, teachers, and children from the countries that are featured in the Biennial.:

Often, during the Biennial, opportunities arrive for cultural exchanges with artists, teachers, and children from the countries that are featured in the Biennial.

This year, FotoFest was contacted by FotoCh, a photography organization located in Moscow, dedicated to teaching photography to low-income and disabled children. :

This year, FotoFest was contacted by FotoCh , a photography organization located in Moscow, dedicated to teaching photography to low-income and disabled children.

On April 19th, FotoFest facilitated a Skype exchange between the students of FotoCh and a group of 14 and 15 year olds from Chinquapin Preparatory School.:

On April 19 th , FotoFest facilitated a Skype exchange between the students of FotoCh and a group of 14 and 15 year olds from Chinquapin Preparatory School.

Russian Skype Exchange:

Russian Skype Exchange At the Skype exchange, the students talked about food, family, sports, pets and many other topics of cultural interest.

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Russian Skype Exchange They shared their talents…

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Russian Skype Exchange

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Russian Skype Exchange …and their dreams…

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Russian Skype Exchange At the end, it was a positive exchange, and the kids all seemed to enjoy the experience. They reflected on how it is interesting to think about what life might be like on the other side of the world.

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In addition to school tours, artist visits and special programs, every Biennial year the LTP office produces a supplementary curriculum that coincides with the theme of the Biennial exhibitions.

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For the 2012 Biennial, FotoFest decided to distribute the curriculum in an online format, and make it free and accessible to the world via the web.

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An online curriculum for teachers and students created by FotoFest for the 2012 Biennial Anna Skladmann , Nikita and Alina at the Italian Embassy , inkjet print, 2009, courtesy of the artist

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The FotoFest 2012 Biennial Curriculum was created for teachers and students to experience the FotoFest 2012 Biennial exhibitions, even if they were unable to physically attend the exhibitions.

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The FotoFest 2012 Biennial Curriculum i s available online for both primary (grades 3-6) and secondary (grades 7-12) learners.

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Questions within the curriculum resemble the structure and intent of questions on the new Texas STAAR exams, introduced this spring to Texas classrooms.

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The FotoFest 2012 Biennial Curriculum addresses topics in the following subject areas: Respond to inspirational and symbolic imagery. Access, deconstruct, comprehend and process narratives and ideas. Create and communicate new ideas inspired by the lens . Study how political ideas and movements are historically expressed through the art of the region. Investigate important ideas related to freedom of speech, expression, censorship, persecution and the power of the human voice . Explore composition, perspective, and meaning while examining Russian culture and society. Share ideas and address issues of media representation. English/Language Arts Social Studies Visual Art

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To date, 55 teachers have used the curriculum, and 6 submitted their answers online.

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Following are student and teacher responses to the questions from the FotoFest 2012 Biennial curriculum, submitted online after completing the curriculum :

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Oleg Knorring Untitled Published in Ogonek No. 18 1950 Do you think this picture is a family portrait or an advertisement? What clues in the photograph help you to make this decision? Primary Curriculum: Question 1

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“I think this is an advertisement. The reason I say this is that there is some type of logo at the top of the photograph and the people aren't looking at the picture directly like they would in a portrait .” - Sarah Guynn , 5th grade, Channelview ISD Oleg Knorring Untitled Published in Ogonek No. 18 1950

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Lev Borodoulin Parade , Moscow, 1956 Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position. What visual tools did the artist use to influence the way we view this parade or event? Do you believe this photograph was used for propaganda? Why or why not? Secondary Curriculum: Question 1

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Lev Borodoulin Parade , Moscow, 1956 Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow “Yes , I do believe that this photo was used for propaganda. All of the men look strong and fit, obviously prepared to fight for a cause. The look on their faces is one of determination. The flags billowing and the fact that they are all wearing the same clothes shows uniformity and unification of the men .” - Charlotte Paine, 11 th grade, St. John’s School

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Emmanouil Evzerykhin On Saturday Work (For the Construction of the Moscow State University) c. 1950 Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow The point of view that a photographer chooses can change the way we think about a subject. How would you describe the point of view that was used by the photographer ? Is it taken from a bird’s eye view or an ant’s view? How does the point of view make you feel about the little girl? Primary Curriculum: Question 2

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Emmanouil Evzerykhin On Saturday Work (For the Construction of the Moscow State University) c. 1950 Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow “It looks like it is taken from an ant's view. The little girl looks like she's enjoying herself & she also looks strong when she carries that shovel .” - Berit Doolittle, 4 th grade, Park Place Elementary

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Mikola Gnisyuk People on Trees (The Rooks Have Arrived), 1964 Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow Where do you think this photograph takes place? Is it posed? Use your imagination to create your own story of what is happening in this picture. Secondary Curriculum: Question 3

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“This photo is not posed, but rather a piece of underground photography. I can not be certain about where in Russia this photo was taken. It appears that everyone is watching either the return of something, possibly troops, or some sort of public speech. The year taken was 1964 so the odds are that these people are watching to see if their loved ones survived the war .” - Zach Bryla , 11 th grade, Fort Bend Christian Academy Mikola Gnisyuk People on Trees (The Rooks Have Arrived), 1964 Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow

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Vladimir Lagrange Finger-alphabet , c.1960 Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow How do you think this photograph was made? What are the hands doing? Describe a time when you had to use your hands to share an idea with someone. Primary Curriculum: Question 3

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Vladimir Lagrange Finger-alphabet , c.1960 Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow “I think they are saying : “hello,” “ok,” and “call.” I think it was edited and that it’s two pictures in one. I was in the pool and to communicate with my cousin under water I had to use my hands .” - Gelsey Fragoso , 4 th grade, Channelview ISD

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Jury Lunkov Winter , 1967 Silver Gelatin Print Why is the girl covering her face? What emotions do you feel as you view this work? Write a paragraph describing the mood of the photograph and how it relates to an experience from your life. Secondary Curriculum: Question 5

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Jury Lunkov Winter , 1967 Silver Gelatin Print “I remember once my dad and I were visiting New England in February and we had to make a mad dash back to the hotel from where we ate dinner. It had grown dark, but the snow still reflected light. And there was a lot of snow. That was probably the coldest I'd ever been. The thickness of my down-stuffed jacket really didn't do much to ward off the cold and I felt like my nose was frozen solid by the time we made it inside. But what I remember clearly is how much of a contrast there was from the bitter cold to the warmth of the hotel lobby.” “It's cold. Winter, most likely. I'm sure the icy wind and snow led her to cover up her face. I feel vaguely nostalgic when I look at this work, maybe a bit of empathy for her having to brace against the chilling cold. Even her hair has gathered bits of ice. But her eyes are warm. They reflect light.” - Guan Chen, 11 th grade, St. John’s School

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AES + F The King of the Forest. Cycle of projects. Le Roi des Aulnes , 2001-2003 Video Courtesy of Triumph Gallery, Moscow Primary Curriculum: Question 5 This photograph shows young Russian ballet dancers. Ballet is a very popular form of dance in Russia. What types of dance or performance are popular where you live? Write about your personal experience with dance. How does the imagery in this photograph compare to your experiences? How is it different?

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AES + F The King of the Forest. Cycle of projects. Le Roi des Aulnes , 2001-2003 Video Courtesy of Triumph Gallery, Moscow “Where I live the most popular dances are break-dance and hip-hop. I have never been in a dance class but I have been in the school talent show for two years. This picture also has a group of people just like in my performance. The difference is that we did not do a ballet performance .” - Frida Torres, 5 th grade, Channelview ISD

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German Vorotnikov A Year 1980, 1980 Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of the Novator Club, Moscow For many years, the Soviet people lived under a government that was based on fear and repression. What feelings come to your mind when you view this photograph? Describe a time in your life when you felt afraid. Write about how you would show this moment in your own photograph. Secondary Curriculum: Question 6

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German Vorotnikov A Year 1980, 1980 Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of the Novator Club, Moscow “I get a feeling of mockery, and belittlement of a government official. A time I was afraid would be when I thought someone had broken into my house. I would show this scared feeling by having a large smiling man and a kid with a scared look on their face .” - William Washington, 10 th grade, Fort Bend Christian Academy

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Sergey Maximishin College of theology, Makhachkala, Dagestan 2008 Inkjet Print How does the artist use color to engage the viewer? Do you think he was successful? What would you do differently? Primary Curriculum: Question 6

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Sergey Maximishin College of theology, Makhachkala, Dagestan 2008 Inkjet Print “I think he did a successful job because what he painted probably is a symbol of where he lives.” - Christine Tran, 3 rd grade, Park Place Elementary

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Anastas Sutkus Blind Pioneer , 1962 Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow List three emotions that you associate with this photograph. Write a short narrative that explains the subject and purpose of this photograph, and discuss each of these emotions within your narrative. Secondary Curriculum: Question 7

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Anastas Sutkus Blind Pioneer , 1962 Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow “Sadness , abandonment, loneliness. A young boy who has been blind from a very young age. He is sad because he has been abandoned by his family and is alone in the world because he cannot see .” - Blake Davenport, 11 th grade, Fort Bend ISD

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Vladislav Mamyshev -Monroe Chaplin , 2004 From the series Heart Cancer C-Print Courtesy of Museum Art4ru, Moscow Photographers sometimes like to use humor in their pictures. Use your imagination to tell a story based on this photograph. Describe what happened before, during and after this photograph was taken. Primary Curriculum: Question 7

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Vladislav Mamyshev -Monroe Chaplin , 2004 From the series Heart Cancer C-Print Courtesy of Museum Art4ru, Moscow “Well it looks like a comedy. Like an old-fashioned show about a lonely and wise man living with his mother.” - Marion Dinh , 3 rd grade, Channelview ISD

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Sergey Bratkov Red Cross (Neither Peace Nor War) 2010 Installation, C-Print Color can greatly affect our moods and emotions, and can also work to symbolically represent ideas. The artist has combined the color red with a series of photographs that are placed in a specific pattern. Use your imagination to describe what you think the artist is trying to communicate with the images and color. Secondary Curriculum: Question 8

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Sergey Bratkov Red Cross (Neither Peace Nor War) 2010 Installation, C-Print “The artist is provoking bloodshed and power with the color red even the pictures depict the evil and power of corrupted man. The terrors of life. This images has a slight resemblance of a swastika. But what is interesting is that the title is Red Cross which implies the salvation of others. What I perceive from this image and from what the title is saying are polar opposites .” - Mary Payne, 11 th grade, St. John’s School

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Gregory Maiofis Taste for Russian Ballet , 2008 Bromoil Print What do the ballerina and the bear have in common? How are they different? If you could take your own picture of a human and an animal, what would you do and why? Primary Curriculum: Question 8

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Gregory Maiofis Taste for Russian Ballet , 2008 Bromoil Print “They are both mammals. The bear is a carnivore and the ballerina is an omnivore. I would take a picture of a dog and human for a resemblance.” - William Arevalo , 4 th grade, Channelview ISD

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Alexander Yakut, Picnic at the Roadside - 2 , 2006, Hand Colored Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of Triumph Gallery, Moscow Write a narrative from the point of view of the subject in the photograph. What do you believe the young girl is waiting for? Secondary Curriculum: Question 13

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Alexander Yakut, Picnic at the Roadside - 2 , 2006, Hand Colored Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of Triumph Gallery, Moscow “She looks like she came from a very boring world or home and has been introduced to a house with color and is ready to enter without fear, ready to take on any challenge .” - Kevin Imperio , 11 th grade, Fort Bend Christian Academy

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Igor Savchenko 4.90-22 , 1990 Toned, Water Color Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of Gallery.Photographer.ru, Moscow What makes this photograph a little ‘out of the ordinary’? Use your imagination to describe what is happening in the picture. Primary Curriculum: Question 10

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Igor Savchenko 4.90-22 , 1990 Toned, Water Color Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of Gallery.Photographer.ru, Moscow “It is out of ordinary because the people in front don’t even have faces it’s just covered with yellow paint on top of their faces they are probably saying goodbye.” - Marien Marroquin , 4th grade, Channelview ISD

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Alexander Chernogrivov Untitled, 2004-2007 From the series Fairy-Tales Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg This photograph is part of a series titled ‘Fairy-Tales’. List three characteristics of a fairy tale. Does this photograph have any of those same characteristics? What are they? What ‘tale’ is the photographer trying to tell? Secondary Curriculum: Question 15

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Alexander Chernogrivov Untitled, 2004-2007 From the series Fairy-Tales Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg “There is a man riding a horse in a modernized world. The picture is streaked and appears dreamy. There is a knight on the horse, but everyone else is normal. The knight somebody rising up in the occasion .” - Kevin McNeff , 11th grade, Fort Bend Christian Academy

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Igor Kultyshkin Untitled, 2007-2009 From the series Parks Silver Gelatin Print What is the subject of this photograph? What kind of mood is the photographer trying to show? Write a short story that explains what is going on in this picture. Primary Curriculum: Question 11

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Igor Kultyshkin Untitled, 2007-2009 From the series Parks Silver Gelatin Print Fear. The photographer wanted to tell everyone that there is something scary in this place. He can't tell us exactly the name of the creature. That is the reason why he used this image to tell everyone that there is something in there that is unknown. - Mr. Fontillas , District GT Coordinator, Channelview ISD

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Oleg Videnin The Company of Guards. Strategic Submarine Base. Murmansk Region 2008 Silver Gelatin Print This is a picture of guards in Russia. Describe how you would represent where you live in a photograph. Include details such as clothing, background, facial expression, posture and color. Primary Curriculum: Question 13

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Oleg Videnin The Company of Guards. Strategic Submarine Base. Murmansk Region 2008 Silver Gelatin Print “I would stay in an expensive house with a lot of money. My background would be awesome. I would have cool clothes. My facial expression w ill be looking good. I will be standing like a model. My color would be the same way I am .” - Jonathan Parsons, 5 th grade, Channelview ISD

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Yury Kozyrev Ra’s Lanuf , Libya - March 09: Libyan rebels advance during a battle with government troops as an oil facility burns in the background , 2011 Pigment Inkjet Print Courtesy of NOOR agency What is the subject matter of the photograph? Where do you think the photograph takes place? Do you think this photograph captures reality, or do you think it is staged? What is the purpose of this photograph? Secondary Curriculum: Question 16

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Yury Kozyrev Ra’s Lanuf , Libya - March 09: Libyan rebels advance during a battle with government troops as an oil facility burns in the background , 2011 Pigment Inkjet Print Courtesy of NOOR agency “The subject matter of this photograph is war in an open field. I think this was taken in the middle east and the subject knew he was being photographed but it was not fully staged so it is reality. I think the purpose is to show that war strips identities and just makes people part of a whole. I like the car rolling out of the left and all the people randomly in the background because that gives more depth but all of the smoke in the background and the weapon in his hand suggest lots of violence just took place which is scary for the photographer.” - Matthew Davis, 10 th grade, St. John’s School

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Alexey Titarenko Untitled, 1995-1997 From the series Black and White Magic of St. Petersburg Toned Wet Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York What is the mood of this photograph? Use your imagination to write a story from the point of view of the subject walking along the street. Primary Curriculum: Question 14

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Alexey Titarenko Untitled, 1995-1997 From the series Black and White Magic of St. Petersburg Toned Wet Silver Gelatin Print Courtesy of Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York “Lonely. I am all alone. I have nobody to stay by my side and help me cross the road. I am eighty-two years old. This place is abandoned. I hope I won't die alone. Please someone save me .” - Rosemary Rivera, 5 th grade, Channelview ISD

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Oleg DOU We are made of , 2006 Lambda Print How do you think this photograph was made? Is it a picture of a real person? Use your imagination to describe how you think technology will influence photography in the future. What will the pictures of tomorrow look like? Secondary Curriculum: Question 19

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Oleg DOU We are made of , 2006 Lambda Print “I think the face was a mask, and two eyes were Photoshopped into the mask. The pictures of tomorrow will be simulated into 3D virtual settings that you can step into .” - Jeremiah Baker, 10 th grade, Fort Bend Christian Academy

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Anna Skladmann Sonia sitting on the Bear Rug , 2009 From the series Little Adults Pigment Print Notice the objects in the photograph. What do these objects tell you about this little girl and her life? Write a brief narrative describing what you think a day in the life of this girl is like, from the time she wakes until the time she goes to bed. Secondary Curriculum: Question 20

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Anna Skladmann Sonia sitting on the Bear Rug , 2009 From the series Little Adults Pigment Print “It says that she looks innocent on the outside but on the inside she is a ferocious bear. I think this girl has a rough life so she needs to defend herself, and I think she wakes up early and goes to bed late just like a bear .” - Robert Royce, 10 th grade, St. John’s School

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The FotoFest 2012 Biennial Curriculum is FREE online, and available to classrooms both in Texas and around the world. www.literacythroughphotography.fotofest.org

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