If you walk down Alley 26 from Chapel Hill Street, across from the post office in downtown Durham, you’ll encounter five-foot-tall portraits of young people displayed along one of the alley’s old brick walls. The top of each photograph features a quote from the person pictured.

“‘The biggest concern about the present is the lack of compassion, empathy, and understanding that exists…’ — Emile,” reads the text on a photo of a serious-faced young man standing in NCSSM’s Alumni Hall.

This is “Amplify! Youth Voices and the Future,” a new photography project featuring the portraits and words of students and recent graduates of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. The collaboration between NCSSM and the City of Durham’s Public Art Program officially opened Oct. 19 as part of Durham’s Third Friday art walk.

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Originally published Oct. 22, 2018.