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05 . 05 . 09

Sometimes the thoughtfulness and creativity of the people in New York amazes me! My friend Kelly introduced me to her friend Susanna Kohly and her charity, 100cameras, recently and I was blown away. Susanna traveled to Africa and realized that she needed to do something to give back which led to the development of this unique idea.

“For the mission, cameras were taken to orphanages in Uganda and Sudan and given to children. After learning how to use a camera, their one task was to simply document their lives. They used their personal camera to document where they sleep, what they ate, who they live with, details, homes, wherever they are so inclined to point a camera. For that one week, the camera was theirs. At the end of the week, the cameras were collected and images saved. The children’s photographs will be displayed and sold. 100% of proceeds from the sales will go back to the orphanages where the pictures were taken.”

What amazes me is that many of the compositions of the photos look better than a lot of professional photos! The photos that Susanna took on the trip will cover the administrative costs of the project and will be out toward the travel to other countries to continue the 100cameras mission. The children’s photos are actually very reasonably priced at $25 for a 5×7 and $35 for an 8×10 and what could be better than buying an original artwork than benefits such a worthy cause!

If you happen to live in New York, I hope you will stop by the first 100cameras exhibition that kicks off this Wednesday, May 6th from 6:00-9:00pm at the Samsung Experience Showroom in the Time Warner Center at 10 Columbus Circle. You will be able to see these beautiful photos in person and meet Susanna Kohly, a true angel! See you there!

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  1. mary May 5, 2009 | 1:48 pm

    Gorgeous children. Great post. Makes me want to meet these people.

  2. C May 5, 2009 | 2:20 pm

    The world as seen through the eyes of the children. They captured the basic everyday beauty of life.

  3. Anonymous May 5, 2009 | 3:14 pm

    Kids with Cameras is the organization founded by the creator of the award winning documentary “Born into Brothels”. 100cameras seems to be modeled after this.

  4. Habitually Chic May 5, 2009 | 3:23 pm

    Mary – they all seem happy dispite the hardships in their life!

    C – I am always amazed at how beautiful there photos are!

    Anonymous – they are similar but I think there is so much need in the world that it’s nice that they are both helping the people who need it most!

  5. Emily May 5, 2009 | 4:43 pm

    What a great post – these photos are beautiful.

  6. Fancy for nyc May 5, 2009 | 5:23 pm

    great cause. amazing photos

  7. kay* May 5, 2009 | 8:58 pm

    what a fab idea!

  8. Brillante Home Decor May 6, 2009 | 5:47 pm

    I saw the beautiful movie “Born into brothels” but I was always wondering what happened to those children after the movie experience was over?
    Then again I thought…if only one child will be motivated and inspired it was worth it. In this case some of the profit goes back to the orphanage so at least they will benefit from the process.
    The ocean is made of drops of water after all.

  9. maison21 May 7, 2009 | 12:40 am

    what a wonderful cause! i love the idea of purchasing art that gives back to those in need.

  10. The Sale Rack May 8, 2009 | 12:38 pm

    this is amazing! such a simple idea, and such a big impact. congrats on a great idea and good luck!

  11. down and out chic May 14, 2009 | 4:44 pm

    this is an amazing project and something i’ve always wanted to do. beautiful photos.

  12. www.elizabethavedon.com July 9, 2009 | 1:19 am

    The images the kids took are wonderful. This is such a moving piece.

  13. Rachel July 22, 2009 | 5:29 pm

    Wow, just wow! Those are some amazing photos! If you don’t mind, I will post a link on my blog to this post since it relates to photography.