100cameras & One Million Photographers
16 March, 2016
The crumbling architecture of Cuba has become romantically iconic for outsiders, despite what its implications mean for those living in these conditions. This is a popular image from 13-year-old Cuban student Alexander.
100cameras puts photography to use in a unique, fascinating and life-changing way – by teaching youngsters in underprivileged communities to share their perspectives through photography and then turning their stories into saleable products that directly fund tangible change in their communities.
By providing kids with the tools they need to make an impact, 100cameras is allowing change to become full circle. Their custom photojournalism curriculum teaches personal development along with basic photojournalism skills, and the kids’ photo stories are turned into sellable products that directly fund local needs. The results thus far are stunning, and the students are proud to directly serve their communities by sharing their perspectives and work with the world.
Onemillionphotographers.com is an online photo contest and image gallery, the site is giving back through photography and, through its partnership with 100cameras, will be donating $1 from every photo entry directly to 100cameras.
13-year-old student photographer Alexander was determined to capture all aspects of the everyday life of the Cuban teen. We see a life filled with colour, laughter and uncertainty, and a community marked by unbounded love, passion and celebration.
‘Humans of Cuba’ by Alexander, age 13, who plays with colour and texture to capture the essence of the local fruit stand and its proprietor in Cuba.
Oh, the places we’ll go – together! Image by Muthupandi, age 18, for Project004: India in 2012.
13-year-old Cuban student Alexander shows the interplay between beauty and destruction, bringing a level of awareness beyond his years.
We love India, too. Find this image on the cover of 100cameras’ photo book. Image by U. Iswariya, age 16, for Project004: India in 2012.
100cameras gave a kid a camera and asked him to show us his world. 13-year-old Alexander, a student from Cuba, explored the double meanings and paradoxes of both beauty and destruction found within the city.