Sunday, February 07, 2010

Kids with Cameras - From a Calcutta brothel to a New York university

RT @mediamentor: Kids with #Cameras
#photography is an effective tool in igniting children's imagination and building self-esteem.

"...Kids with Cameras was founded in 2002 by photographer Zana Briski out
of her work teaching photography to children in Calcutta's red-light
district. We believe that photography is an effective tool in igniting
children's imagination and building self-esteem. We believe in the power
of art to transform lives, for both the artist and the viewer. ..."

"... Kids with Cameras is a non-profit organization that teaches the art
of photography to marginalized children in communities around the world.
We use photography to capture the imaginations of children, to empower
them, building confidence, self-esteem and hope. We share their vision and
voices with the world through exhibitions, books, websites and film. By
linking with local organizations, we work to strengthen the children's
education and general well-being, providing financial support through
sales of their prints or by developing our own homes with a focus on
leadership and the arts. ..."

Workshops in ...

"... Kids with Cameras, was founded in 2002 to raise money and awareness
for the children through print sales, exhibitions, film festivals and a
book of their work. The children's images have been exhibited in Calcutta,
Europe and all over the U.S. A book of their photos was published in 2004.
An educational curriculum based on the film has also been created to reach
out to students and teachers across the U.S. and around the world.

Kids with Cameras has supported the education of several children from the
original photography workshop. One of the children completed his secondary
schooling in Utah and is now studying film at NYU Tisch School for the
Arts. Another arrived in the USA one year ago to finish her secondary
schooling and expects to graduate from a private boarding school in 2011.
Many of the other children are excelling in private schools in India. ..."

See also

From a Calcutta brothel to a New York university

"...Born into a brothel in the Indian city of Calcutta, Avijit Halder's
life has undergone a dramatic transformation.

The 20-year-old is currently pursuing a degree at one of the top film
schools in the US.

It all started with the filming of an Oscar-winning documentary, Born into
Brothels, which dealt with the lives of the children of Indian sex

Avijit Halder was one of eight children of sex workers who featured in the
2004 documentary film, co-directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman. ..."

Youth Photography
Toolkit (344KB PDF)

Developed by
The Cultural
Agents Intiative »

Kids with Cameras would like to thank the amazing Human Rights Education team at Amnesty International for the development of this curriculum guide. Designed primarily for high school students, this guide consists of three lesson plans centered around the following topics: Personal & Collective Responsibility, The Transformative Power of Art, and Discrimination and the Right to Education. Also included are activities, critical thinking questions and appendices of additional resources. This guide meets national education standards and can also be used in informal settings such as house screenings, group meetings and film festivals.

For questions or feedback about this guide, please contact us at

Born into Brothels
Companion Curriculum
(1.2MB PDF)

Other Workshops

Ahecha Paraguay
AsunciĆ³n, Paraguay

AjA Project
Disparando Camaras Para la Paz

Bogota, Colombia

AjA Project

San Diego, CA

AjA Project
Record of Truth

Thai/Burma border

Bridges to Understanding
Seattle, WA

Lusaka, Zambia

Charleston Kids with Cameras
Charleston, SC

Child's Right to Thrive
Boston, MA

Clicking Hearts
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Critical Exposure
Washington, DC

Brattleboro, VT

Eyes Wide Open Worldwide
Springfield, OH


Fair Mail
Huanchaco and Trujillo, Peru
Varanasi, India

First Exposures
San Francisco, CA first_exposures/

Five Boroughs Foundation of Photography
New York City, NY

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Fundacion ph15
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Future Guardians of Peace
Voinjama, Liberia

Ghana Youth Photo Project
Nima, Ghana

The In-Sight Photography Project
Brattleboro, VT

Katrina: Images from
FEMA's Airport Village

Baton Rouge, LA

Kid Camera Project
New Orleans, LA

Kiosk Ngo
Bujanovac, Serbia

My World, My View
Pokhara, Nepal


Ncoppa e' Quartieri
(On Top of the Quarters)

Naples, Italy

Nagarote, Nicaragua

Our World in Pictures
Lexington, KY

Piga Picha
Kisumu, Kenya

London, UK

Sharing Stories
Northern Australia

Shooting Jozi
Johannesburg, South Africa

Star Shooter
Myrtle Beach, SC

Through the Eyes of Children:
The Rwanda Project


Umuzi Photo Club
Johannesburg, South Africa

Tuscon, AZ

Youth Camera Action

Zanmi Lakay

Additional Resources

Garbage Dreams: Raised in the Trash Trade
A feature-length documentary

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