Instructor Spotlight: Erin Lefevre

Erin Lefevre is a native New Yorker and Documentary Photographer. Erin has interned at The Muskegon Chronicle in Michigan and The Hawk Eye Newspaper in Burlington, Iowa. At the conclusion of her internship, she began her freelance career. Her work appears in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, AARP, Associated Press, ProPublica, and various nonprofit organizations. She has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant for The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco and at The International Center of Photography in NYC. She held her first primary educator role this past summer at the Brooklyn Public Library as Lead Photojournalism Educator. Erin received her BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.


Erin Lefevre Teaches:
JSX 005: Introduction to Digital Photography for Middle School Students
Spring Session
Summer Session

Teaching Philosophy:
Photography is an incredible way to document history, share stories, and inspire others. My primary objectives as an educator are to offer different perspectives of the world to my students and to nurture their creativity to its utmost potential. Whether or not they decide they want to pursue photography professionally or continue it as a hobby, I strive to give my students a space to take creative risks, make meaningful work, and learn skills they can apply to all aspects of their lives.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:

  • Photo Editor at, 2018-2019
  • Getty Images Creative Bursary Grant Recipient, First Place, 2018
  • Visualizing Life With Autism, New York Times Feature, 2018
  • Lead Photojournalism Educator, Brooklyn Public Library, 2018
  • CUNY TV Guest Speaker, 2018
  • Freelance Photojournalist, 2018-present

Photography by Erin Lefevre:


Instructor Spotlight: Abby Verbosky

Abby Verbosky’s roots are in social documentary and street photography. She has been a Teaching Artist since 2014 with International Center of Photography and Magic Box Productions with residencies in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Verbosky graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism and Anthropology from Ohio University and enjoys storytelling through visuals.


Abby Verbosky teaches:
JSX 006 Basic Digital Photography: Portraits 
JSX 007 Basic Digital Photography: Environments

Teaching Philosophy:
I have a passion for life and its moments—laughter, tears, intimacy, and despair, community and seclusion. I share this passion with my students through the power of photography.

On Precollege Programs:
I enjoy teaching driven students come into a college setting; it’s a new creative space to learn advanced skills and explore what their cameras can capture. With the tools they learn and their current environment, students will have an opportunity to go home with striking photographs. More importantly, teaching Precollege is a great pleasure as I get to help develop talent at a very early state. The skills my students learn will be helpful to them moving from middle school into high school and beyond.