At RadLab Studio, we are driven by our vision to create a significant public benefit by fostering a collaborative environment where artists, from enthusiastic beginners to established professionals, can work side-by-side and develop together. Our organization is combining contemporary approaches to art with innovative methods of education. With great pride, we highlight the resounding development of our annual education program, particularly our partnership with National Aprilov Highschool.
From March to June, we embarked on a transformative journey with the students of National Aprilov Highschool, immersing them in an interdisciplinary learning experience that utilized photography as a powerful vehicle for exploring the dynamic relationship between art forms and science. Notably, this program was offered free of charge, ensuring that any high school student with an interest in photography could participate.
To enrich the program further, we enlisted the expertise of members from our creative team to serve as mentors during the classes. They all played an integral role in facilitating discussions on various topics, guiding students in their exploration of the essential connections between photography, art, anthropology and the natural sciences. A remarkable outcome of our organizations partnership has materialized in the form of an exhibition titled “Objective Perspectives: The Alternative Side of Photography.” On the 26th of June, this captivating exhibition was unveiled within the high school building, captivating the entire school community, including students, teachers, and esteemed guests.
We extend our sincere gratitude to the administration of National Aprilov Highschool and particularly to Elvira Hristova for their trust and support. Additionally, we would like to the literature and math teachers Stefka Kostadinova and Antoaneta Maneva for their invaluable contributions to the program. It is through their belief in our vision that we were given the opportunity to bring these interdisciplinary classes to life. Finally, a high five to our team members, Usha, Vanessa Lu, Nikola Dyulgyarov, Dr. Lilyana Karadjova, Ph.D, and Vlado Lepoev, for their passionate mentorship and unwavering dedication to the students. We would also like to thank Dr. Tsvetelina Hristova, PhD and Nikola Lamburov for their kind inputs in our classes. Last but certainly not least, we thank all the students for their dedication, curiosity and the tons of work they did.
We firmly believe that initiatives like this, which focus on fostering cultural competence in non-specialized schools, can serve as beacons of best practice in alternative and interdisciplinary education. By breaking traditional boundaries and offering students a holistic learning experience, we empower them to think critically, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture their creativity.
RadLab Studio’s anual educational program is by no means limited to this partnership. Our organisation mission is to be an extensive resource for beginners, professionals, researchers and like-minded enthusiast with interest in emulsion based photography. Therefore, we will continue to share our expertise on various topics as well as articles related to emulsion-based and alternative photography that will be available on our website. To stay up to date, you can subscribe by email to receive information on new publications, researches, future workshops, event information and developers.
Our annual education program is implemented with the financial support of National Culture Fund, Bulgaria.