Featuring: Sharon Attia, Arleigh Haskal, Hélène Françoise Philippe

Presented By

The New York Times

Moderated by: Sandra Stevenson

Sandra Stevenson

Saturday, April 27th | 2PM – 3PM

Meet at The Studio, across the Park from Annenberg Space For Photography.

Let us know you are attending, by registering here.

Please note that seating is first come first served.

All talks are free and are open to all.

Join us for a discussion of #ThisIs18 an exhibition featuring photographs of girls aged 18 around the world. Learn how this project from The Times Gender Initiative came about, and what it has revealed in a conversation with Photo Editor Sandra Stevenson, Social Media Editor Sharon Attia, photographer Arleigh Haskal and Hélène Françoise Philippe, one of the young women portrayed in the series. We’ll discuss the female gaze, our favorite slang words and more!

Make sure to also check out #ThisIs18 exhibition at Photoville LA.


Sharon Attia Sharon Attia is a social media editor for The New York Times who recently graduated with a degree in photojournalism. When she was 18—not that long ago! — she had to physically flip her camera around to take a selfie.




Arleigh Haskal: I’ve been behind a camera most of my life, from dress up photo shoots to capturing the corners of my hometown Los Angeles. Photography has always felt right to me. Through it, I share my personal, passionate and quirky take on the world. My photographs were first published in my school’s literary journal, freshman year. Praise for these images provided me further opportunities to engage on campus, and soon I was photographing for the school newspaper. With a focus on cultural and campus life, I particularly enjoyed shooting behind-the-scene images of productions and sporting events, and my work has earned me several Scholastic Golden and Silver Key awards. The summer following my junior year I experienced the honor of a lifetime when I joined 22 young female photographers from around the globe in The New York Times project #ThisIs18 capturing what life is like for 18-year-old women. Seeing my photographs of Hélène in print and on The Times’ numerous social media platforms was extraordinary. This year, as I prepare to graduate high school, I am photographing senior portraits for classmates in need and exploring ways to bring my photography passions to my college life. ​


Hélène Françoise Philippe: I am a Los Angeles based artist and community organizer. I attend art school, studying painting, screen printing, installation work, fashion design and much more. I run a business organization called Honeymoon Supply and our mission is to have fun while healing the world. We host events such as art shows to help raise money to provide local shelters in LA with art supplies and organize workshops. I am working to make my project grow and also open up a space of my own to host shows and offer a space with cheap or free art classes to help build a stronger community.



Sandra Stevenson Moderator: Sandra Stevenson is an assistant editor and has worked in the photography department of The New York Times for 13 years, and on various sections of the paper. She is a mom to an 18-year-old son and a wife to a Frenchman.