I have been photographing the graduating class of high school seniors from Montclair Kimberley Academy for over two decades. I photograph every kid individually and then, for one shot, the kids pile onto the football bleachers for a fun take of the entire class.
While the photograph is quite simple, the logistics are complicated. I need to use the tallest tripod I own in order to get a head-on view of everyone, I set up on the 50 yard line, I have to leave a space down the middle of the picture for the “gutter” of the yearbook, and I need to get everyone looking at me at the same time. All this while not keeping them out of class for very long. It’s tricky to do, but it creates a document of changing clothing and hair styles, and it will become part of the historical record of MKA.