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The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) proudly presents the work of the Bronx Senior Photo League (BSPL), a free documentary photo program for older adults. Beginning in the fall of 2019 older adults, ages 60-90, from the Mitchel Senior Center and Kips Bay Castle Hill Senior Center, attended classes to learn the art of digital photography and document their everyday lives.

 

However, in-person classes abruptly ended on March 23, 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic mandated social distancing at senior centers. This presented unique challenges and exposed the technological divide that poverty creates, especially for older adults: no reliable internet connections or computers, and smartphones to replace the professional cameras they used during regular classes – the students learned how to use the cameras on their phones and to text pictures for the first time. Lesson plans were sent out weekly by whatever method the students could manage: e-mail, text messages, or Whatsapp. Weekly individual and group calls also served as wellness check-ins. Many students felt the classes were a lifeline at a time of isolation.

Older adults in New York City suffer the highest rates of COVID-19, while the South Bronx–the poorest urban congressional district–has the highest rate of coronavirus infections in the country. The acceptance of…

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