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Responsibility by Oscar Wan featuring Josh Feng
Oscar Wan in front of his photo on exhibit
Oscar Wan's photo on exhibit
Student Photographer Oscar Wan ’24 Featured in NYC Art Exhibit
Ashley Schreyer

Director of School Photography Tyson Trish signs off every email he sends the same way, with a poignant quote by Marc Riboud: “Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” It’s a mantra he hopes to impart to his photography students in the classroom as he instructs them in the understanding of what makes a good photograph and how it can be a form of self-expression. 

For Oscar Wan ’24, the profound opportunity to savor life intensely came during a trip to New York City to see his art on display in an exhibition. This winter, Oscar’s black-and-white piece was featured in “Lens to the World: A Scholastic Awards Exhibition” at the Bronx Documentary Center in New York. His captivating photograph, titled “Responsibility,” featured fellow classmate Josh Feng ’26 and not only showcased his talent but also earned him accolades among other distinguished silver and gold medalists of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ Journalism, Photography, and Film & Animation categories from across the tri-state area and beyond. Last year, Oscar took home the gold medal for his photograph in the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. 

“I was driven into photography by the longtime passion my father and I share for movies and our curiosity to explore pictures through camera lenses,” Oscar shared. “I was privileged to inherit my father’s photography equipment and experimented taking photos of just about anything.”

After Mr. Trish recommended he enter the Scholastic competition, Oscar knew he wanted to try it out to challenge himself and earn recognition for his hard work and dedication. Mr. Trish,recognizing Oscar’s ability to push the boundaries of photography in the classroom, commends his determination and innovation

“I am inspired by the way he experiments with light and color in the Blair photo studio and the way he challenges the idea of time in a two-dimensional image with his digital collage work,” Mr. Trish noted. “However, it is Oscar’s ability to capture an authentic moment in his portraiture that made his work stand out to the Scholastic community.”  

Oscar and Mr. Trish had the opportunity to travel to the Bronx Documentary Center to witness “Responsibility” on display alongside a tapestry of other award-winning student work. 

“It felt unimaginable but awesome to see my personal artwork have the opportunity to be displayed in a public gallery with the letters ‘Responsibility, Gold Medal, Oscar Wan’ inscribed below,” Oscar explained. “At the end of the day, you are competing against yourself. This will never be a regret and I wish I could have entered it years earlier!”

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