"Lack of a LIbrarian" by Diamond, a ninth-grader at the Washington Metropolitan High School. This photo was used to advocate for a better library.
"It looked like a mess," Elliot says. "It had books for not our age. It had books for older people. Books for little children."
So, in partnership with the nonprofit Critical Exposure, Elliot and his classmates took pictures of the library. Then they used those pictures to lobby the city for funds.
"Every school should have a library," he says. "You need books to be literate."
The students have now secured $2,000 to put toward the library, and hundreds of donated books.
Their photos are on display at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery through June.