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The NGO AN EYE FOR AN EYE establishes long-term photographic exchanges between groups of children who are economically, socially or psychologically at-risk and live all over the world. Photography is taught as a language and gives the children the chance to communicate through images although they don’t have the same mother tongue and don’t have the opportunity to meet physically.
The children are considered as authors. They learn the basic techniques of photography, and an ambassador photographer sponsors each group. The photos taken by the children during the workshops are the result of an intent expressed by the young photographers who are involved in an approach of knowledge-sharing with their correspondants. The children practice with a cardboard frame in order to think about what they want to show before using the camera.
The adults only have a role of guidance. The children caption their photos and present them to the public during exhibitions.
Accepting cultural diversity is a major challenge in the world today. It is an essential component in efforts to eliminate poverty and exclusion. Also, in a more general sense, it is a condition which is necessary to establishing healthy, mutually beneficial relationships between groups of people.
When we allow children from one world to communicate with children from another, it gives them an intuitive grasp of their own social and cultural environment, which engenders knowledge and understanding.
Using photography as a medium for story-telling and communication, our project, AN EYE FOR AN EYE, aims to promote access to culture, as well as equal opportunity. It strives to create social connections between children from different cultures, including children living in the same country. As a final outcome, children are given the tools to communicate and exchange with each other, beyond the bounds of ethnicity or social class.