AN EYE FOR AN EYE: start of a new photography exchange between France and South Africa
On September 15th, the association AN EYE FOR AN EYE started a fourth photography exchange between a group of children from Calenzana, France, and a group of children from Tembisa, South Africa. This project will enable the children to communicate with each other through photography.
From September 29th to October 3rd 2014, 20 children from Rebonwe School, in Tembisa, participated in a photography course supervised by the French NGO AN EYE FOR AN EYE (www.aneyeforaneye.org). This course is the first part of the implementation of a photography exchange between the South African children and 23 French children from Calenzana (Northern Corsica), who participated in an identical course from 15th to 19th of September 2014.
The AN EYE FOR AN EYE project was created in 2010 by the French video journalist Dorothée Adam, wishing to convey her passion for photography to the children. After having travelled the world making documentary films, she came up with the idea of connecting children from different countries through the language of photography. In 2011, the first photographic exchange was established, connecting 15 children from the rural village of Kappai (Southern India) with 15 children from the city of Stains (France). A second exchange was implemented in 2012 between 12 children from Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and 12 children from Paris (France). The third exchange just started, in March 2014, between 9 children from Sucre (Bolivia) and 12 children from Martigues (France). These three exchanges are currently continuing and more than 500 photos have been exchanged.
Claire Mazard, the AN EYE FOR AN EYE’s Educational Coordinator, facilitates the two courses, taking place in Corsica, then, in South Africa. The aims of these courses are, on the one hand, to teach children about basic techniques of photography so they can express themselves through images, and, on the other hand, to train instructors on site, who will continue to teach photography techniques to the children during weekly workshops throughout the year. At the end of the courses, an exhibition of the children’s photographs will be organized in each country in order to celebrate their points of view and participation. Thanks to the two cameras provided to each group by the NGO, the young photographers will continue to practice. Each month, they will select, caption and send 8 photos to their correspondents. Little by little, techniques will improve, perspectives will sharpen and the ties between the two groups will strengthen.
An ambassador photographer also sponsors each group and participates in the courses and weekly workshops, once or twice every quarter, to provide advice to the children and to offer them a different perspective on their pictures and share their experience with them. Pierrick Huneau sponsors Calenzana’s group whereas Roger Ballen, whose photographs are world renowned, sponsors Tembisa’s group.
For more information about the project, please visit: www.aneyeforaneye.org
Embassy of France in South Africa