Welcome Teachers!

Thank you for your interest in our multi-week assignment for high school photography students.

SHOWING (work x family) is a national cultural project that brings together professional and student photography to look at the intersection of family life and work life in the U.S. today, revealing the myriad ways households adapt, struggle, and thrive as communities of love and labor. This story could not be complete without the perspectives of the young people who live it, and we are pleased that your students will have a voice in our project.

Teachers are invited to tailor the assignment and lesson plan to their classroom—and to participate by making their own pictures. Explore the tabs below for more information, and please contact us with any questions.

  • Basics
  • Assignment
  • Resouces
  • Testimonials
  • FAQS


A multi-week assignment for high school photography students

Grade Level


Class Type

Photography classes at any level

Time Required

3–8 weeks

We encourage teachers to devote up to 8 weeks to this assignment, although it can be effectively completed in as few as 3 weeks.



Resources Provided

  • Classroom visits from a photography professional
  • Exhibition opportunities for students and teachers
  • Customizable lesson plan
  • Teacher and student resources

Standards Alignment

Aligned with National Visual Arts Anchor Standards

Permissions and Releases

We will not reproduce any student work without permission from the student or a parent/guardian if the student is not yet 18. The teacher is responsible for sending permissions and release forms to us.

My portrait shows the breadwinner of my family. My dad makes the money because my mother has to stay home with my sister just until she grows up. The connection between his work and our family is that he is usually busy trying to make money for a family of six. Giving us things that he was never able to have.
— © 2014 Javier Martinez, WRKXFMLY Assignment, Tucson High Magnet School, AZ