Through the Eyes of Children began as a photographic workshop in 2000, conceived by photographer, David Jiranek, and inspired by the founder of the Imbabazi Orphanage, Rosamond Carr - an American woman living in Rwanda since 1955. Using disposable cameras, the children originally took pictures for themselves and to share with others, exploring their community, and finding beauty as the country struggles to rebuild.
Initially, the pictures were developed locally, displayed on the orphanage walls and put into photo albums by the children. In 2001, the children were invited by the US Embassy to exhibit their work in the capital, Kigali, where the pictures were sold, with all proceeds going towards the education of the children. In the 2001 Camera Arts Magazine Photo Contest, 8-year-old Jacqueline won "First Prize — Portraiture," and the project has won Honorable Mention in an international competition featuring professional and non-professional photographers from around the world.
Today, the children shoot with both disposable cameras, and for the first time in 2005, digital cameras. The photos are printed to archival, exhibition standards. With a donation of $100, you can receive a free 13" x 19" exhibit print of your choice. With a donation of $1,000, you can receive an edition of 13 prints taken by the participating children.
How to Help
Today, the children continue to photograph with donated cameras. Exhibits are being proposed across the US and abroad. For more information, or if you would like to propose or sponsor an exhibit, please Contact Us.
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