A procession for La Virgen de Guadelupe in the Bronx, July 26, 2016, in a photo taken by student Fanta Diop.
In 2011 Mike Kamber (who was a photographer for The New York Times), opened the Bronx Documentary Center, a place where young people could learn about photojournalism, through programs such as the Bronx Junior Photo League.
Photojournalist Mike Kamber teaches use of the camera to students at the Bronx Documentary Center.
"We've got about 60 students and they're all from immigrant families," Kamber told "Sunday Morning" Special Contributor Ted Koppel. "A lot of West African families now: Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso."
The following images in this gallery are pictures taken by participants in the Bronx Documentary Center's photojournalism programs.
Credit: Adam Saewitz
Jennifer Hernandez photographed Atiya Saunders in the Bronx, May 24, 2018, as part of a project on teen smoking.
"As a teen in New York struggling to quit the tenacious vice of cigarette smoking, my goal for this project is to open up dialogue and possibly make smokers think twice before lighting their next cigarette," said Hernandez. "With this continued second-guessing, it will – I hope – eventually lead to smokers quitting for good.
"I constantly ask myself, 'Why are cigarettes still legal?' I'm not looking for an answer that predictably addresses greed and profit, but a reply that reminds myself that, no matter how calm a pull might make me feel, cigarettes can and will kill."
Elisa Luna Cameron's photo taken at the Mitchel Community Center, which provides countless children of the South Bronx with a safe place, as well as afterschool programs and employment opportunities for young adults.
Cinthia Encarnación, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, captured a family dinner in the Bronx, May 24, 2018.
"My project is about my aunt, her journey living in a different country from her birthplace, and how she struggles to not lose her culture and traditions," Hernandez wrote. "My aunt inspired me by showing how hard she works at adapting into American culture while still maintaining her Dominican identity. With this project I am trying to show that everyone is capable of doing anything as long as they do it with passion and love."
Photographer Fanta Diop's grandmother emigrated from Mali to the United States in 1988 to be with her husband, a taxi driver, who already lived in New York City. Fanta's grandmother started her own small businesses: she cooked food in her home to sell, and later owned a 99-cent store in the Bronx for nearly seven years. She now gives benedictions at events like baby showers and wedding ceremonies. Initially she left her children in Mali in the care of their grandmother, but began to bring them to New York in the 1990s.
Justin Arroyo's portrait of Ramundo Salazar, who owns a Mexican restaurant on Courtlandt Avenue in the Bronx. Salazar emigrated from Mexico and worked a number of jobs before he was able to open his own restaurant.
Sign adorning the walls of La Morada, a oaxaqueño restaurant in the South Bronx. Opened by an undocumented family from the Oaxaca region, they strive to make their restaurant a sanctuary, safe for their undocumented neighbors to visit and feel at home.
As part of his project examining self-employment in immigrant communities, photographer Tony Baizan captured Ruth, 35, who works in a flower truck on the corner of White Plains Road and Story Avenue with her three sons and others. Ruth has been working with flowers since she arrived in the United States at the age of 18.
Justin Brefo's photograph of retired firefighter Samuel Marquez visits his former firehouse, FDNY Squad 41, on 150th Street in the South Bronx, May 1, 2018. Marquez worked for Engine 41 for 22 years, and was part of a community group that fought to reopen the firehouse after Mayor Ed Koch closed it in 1989.
Congregants from the Immaculate Conception Church march through the streets of the Bronx to celebrate the birthday of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint, December 12, 2015, Approximately 200 joined the one-hour procession. The Bronx is home to many thousands of Mexican families.
Kalise Williams photographed a family in the Melrose Houses in the Bronx, a New York City Housing Project where residents can face difficult living conditions, such as rat infestations, mold, and other health hazards.
The scene at a bi-monthly meeting at the Community Action for Safe Apartments (VASA) in the New Settlement Center on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, N.Y., May 18, 2018, photographed by Mitchell Harris-Dennis.
Chloe Rodriguez photographed Oscar Velásquez as he cleaned the Immaculate Conception Church in the South Bronx, May 14, 2017. Originally from Colombia, Velásquez came to New York more than 20 years ago and worked at factory jobs for less than $5 per hour, before being hired by local Bronx churches, which pay a living wage.