Local stories, told by local photographers
There are so many talented local photographers in the countries we visit, yet it is almost always international photographers that are flown in by charities. Local photographers understand the communities and culture much better than we ever will.
We are increasingly working with photographers around the world to visit charities in their own countries for many reasons:
We are helping to provide work for talented photographers
The money they earn is benefitting the local community
Building their skills and confidence, increasing their employability
Our funds can go further as the distances they travel are shorter
"A few years ago, most international NGOs thought that they can’t use local or Africa photographers, because they couldn’t provide good photographs. But Taking Pictures, Changing Lives is helping to show the world that we are capable."
/ Jean Bizimana, Development Photographer, Rwanda
Watch Jean Bizimana, one of our local professional photographers in Kigali. Jean has worked on a number of photography assignments on our behalf for our partner charities Lemonaid, Five Talents and Theatre for a Change and talks about his experiences.
Watch Aileen from Lemonaid talk about their experience working with Jean Bizimana, and why it is the right thing to do to tell the stories of their communities through their lenses, and Read their blog post 'Rwandan photography: Teaming up with ‘Taking Pictures, Changing Lives’
Read the latest blog post from Theatre for a Change 'Changing Conversations in Rwanda' which gives an insight into their work. All photos by Jean Bizimana
Watch Patrick Young, Founder of Theatre for a Change: 'Jean Bizimana took outstanding images of the work that we do, and it has helped us communicate vividly and in very very real terms what the work has meant to individuals and communities'
‘I am glad to work with Adam. Photography changed my life when I was 9 years old and my mission is that I use it to change other peoples too. With Taking Pictures, Changing Lives I feel am already doing my mission.'