Photography show has street kids get behind the camera

Photography show has street kids get behind the camera
15:49′ 20/11/2006 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – More than 50 photos taken by HCM City street kids will be on display beginning on Sunday in the Metropolitan Building in District 1, HCM City.

Through a glass lightly: More than 50 photos taken by street kids will be on display at the Kids’ Insight exhibition in HCM City, following a project to give disadvantaged kids living skills and photographic training.

The exhibit at 235 Dong Khoi Street showcases 16 youth, aged between 15 and 19, who are from poor families and live in city shelters.

The students studied photography through the Street Vision Project of the HCM City Child Welfare Foundation (HCWF), a non-profit organisation which gives help and support to disadvantaged children.

Their photos, which will sell for US$35-$42, are of various subjects and on different themes.

"Our project aims to provide poor and working children, particularly street kids, with living skills and training in photography, helping them to live more confidently and earn a living," said Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh, deputy chairman of the HCWF.

Some of the children now work at local photography studios, she said.

The welfare foundation offered 12 short-term training courses, attracting more than 200 children from different backgrounds.

Some of the photos, such as Tinh Mau Tu (Mother Love), Nu Cuoi Tre Tho (Kids’ Smiles), Hon Nhien (Natural Life), and Giup Gia Dinh (Working to Help Family), portray beautiful moments of children at play and at home.

"Kids’ Insight is a result of months of study and work," said Hoang Dinh Huy, who lives in a shelter for street children in Binh Thanh District.

Huy’s work, Noi Thap Co (The Ancient Tower) features a Cham Tower and is skillful in its use of colour and layout.

As did all the students, Huy took fact-finding tours to tourist sites in the southern provinces to learn more about the world.

The 19-year-old said that the project’s makers invited well-known photographers from the city’s Photography Association "to teach kids photographic skills but also a love for the art."

Huy’s friend, Tran Thanh Tung, 17, who shot Tinh Mau Tu (Mother Love), said: "I can earn money from my skills and share my views with others through my work as well.

Huy and Tung are working as trainees for a studio in District 1 at a salary of VND600,000 ($37.5) a month.

Sponsored by BP Vietnam, the exhibit runs until December 6. All of the photos will be auctioned.

The event’s opening celebration will be a buffet dinner on Saturday, at the Duxton Saigon Hotel, 63 Nguyen Hue Street, District 1.

Each ticket is $12 for children under aged 18. For adults, tickets are $17 each. A table for 10 is $150.

For reservations, call the HCWF’s telephone number: (08) 8406177.

(Source: Viet Nam News)

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