Photo Start is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization developed to foster creativity and teach marketable skills to disadvantaged children in depressed areas.
Photographers must be literate in the digital darkroom, and the underlying concepts of computing, to take, edit, produce, print, store and transmit photographs.
Photo Start graduates will be capable of using digital cameras, manipulating light, understand best practices regarding digital workflow (including Office Applications), digital production, and digital asset management. Planning and patience, two prized assets of the prepared photographer, are also valued highly by businesses and hiring managers in a multitude of fields.
It is important to amplify the voices of those we have never heard from, and otherwise never would. To this end, we provide equipment, learning space, and one on one guidance with our program participants.
Our students also improve self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-reliance. These leadership traits are highly translatable and extremely marketable, particularly in developing regions. Most of our students do not go to school full-time, and most have had their precious imaginations snubbed out.
By teaching vulnerable students the art and business of photography, we hope to increase educational opportunities and decrease poverty; fostering desperately needed economic development, as well as to introduce the world to a new generation of artists.
Students participate in the teaching, creating a self-perpetuating cycle of instruction. Advancing students and graduates are encouraged to take training and become certified trainers in the Photo Start program. This way, we enable self-help and establish independent organizations on the ground.