Everyone has a story. And one excellent nonprofit called the 100 Cameras project is using photography to help kids around the globe tell theirs.
The organization is made up of a team of volunteers who work with children worldwide, teaching them how to express themselves, their lives and their communities through photography. And wow, what photography it is. So far, the group has done projects as far and wide as South Sudan, Cuba, India, Baltimore, and New York City.
Here are just a few of the remarkable works that depict the world through the eyes of an incredible group of preteens and teens.
At top: South Sudan by Kaban, Age 14
Cuba by Jose, Age 13
India by Nishanthi, Age 16
South Sudan by Buba, Age 14
Baltimore by Kalongi, Age 17
South Sudan by Josephine, Age 14
Cuba by Manuel, Age 10
Baltimore by Mariame, Age 14
Cuba by Eduardo, Age 11
NYC by Joseph, Age 14
Cuba by Alexander, Age 13
Should you be as inspired as we are, the organization turns the photo essays into limited edition prints, postcards, photo books, and calendars all for sale. Profits support kid-centered organizations that identify local problems and provide the means to help solve these needs. That is, all of the profits.
So whatever you buy, every penny will go towards empowering these young photographers around the world to create real, tangible change in their own communities, whether it’s providing school supplies, protective fencing, healthcare resources, or AIDS education and treatments. Some of our favorites are sold out, but we hope they’ll print more of them soon. As you can see, every one is an exquisite piece of art and storytelling all at once.
How amazing is it to be able to think how simple photographs from children can change the world.
Learn more about 100 Cameras and their five international projects, and read the bios of the remarkable young photographers. You can support the initiative by shopping for prints and photo products or donating to the cause.