A big part of being a photographer, especially for a documentary photographer or a photojournalist, is about gaining access. Often a photograph is memorable because it gives visibility to something largely unseen. Take a look at these photos by Justine Cooper showing the stored collections of the American Museum of Natural History, New York. No big deal, just a closet full of tiger skins and a bunch of pickled monkeys, right? I bet you have crazier things in your lockers… but if you do have a hard to reach place in mind that could be the basis for a great series, use your status as students to wiggle your way in. Talk about your eagerness to learn, adults love that! Humility goes a long way;)

Justine Cooper, Untitled from the Saved By Science series, 2005

Justine Cooper, Untitled from the Saved By Science series, 2005

Justine Cooper, Untitled from the Saved By Science series, 2005