Photo Exhibit Documents Last Days of Philadelphia Schools

Pictures help inaugurate a new creepy era of crumbling educational apparati and innovations in the income-gap.

The Philadelphia School Closing Photo Collective, a project marshaled by Zoe Strauss, will begin a weeklong exhibit of 20 of its photographs at West Philly’s Scribe Video Center on 42nd and Chestnut Streets starting October 16th. The photos document the physical and emotional blackness of the last days of some of the 24 shuttered Philadelphia schools.

At its core, [Harvey] Finkle, staff photographer for the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, a NewsWorks content partner, said the exhibit is a form of protest.

“It’s like a visual documentation of what was once a public-school system,” said Finkle. “This is the beginning of the decline and the destruction of it.”