Students’ Photo Exhibit Looks at Their World

A unique 38-print photo exhibit featuring images by 19 Children First Academy students who were mentored by professional photographers in how to document their personal world will be on display at the Phoenix Burton Barr Library for two weeks beginning March 7. After the exhibit at Teen Central at the Library, the images will be moved to Children’s First Academy.

During the Kids in Focus project from Jan. 11 to Feb. 8, every Friday for five weeks participating students at the school for at-risk and homeless children each received 27-exposure disposable film cameras.

The following week, the film was processed, at no cost by Tempe Camera Photo Imaging Center, and students met with the photographers and looked through the images to continue learning and experimenting with digital point-and-shoot cameras.  Before the weekend, each student was given another camera to continue shooting.

Claude Briggs purchased and donated the 80 disposable cameras and McKenna Pro Lab donated the 38 exhibit prints.  The Kids in Focus project was developed and organized by professional freelance commercial photographer Karen Shell, a member of Through Each Other’s Eyes.

Other photographers involved in the project were Dennis Scully, Art Holeman, David Moore, Michael Norton, Jim Marshall and Jason Grubb.

An opening reception is planned from 6-8 p.m. on March 7.  The exhibit is free.

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