Photo: Photo Project Gives Children Along U.S.-Mexico Border a Chance to Share Their Stories
Earlier this year, students on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border began learning how to use a camera lens to tell a story.
A project called 20/20 FOTO: Cross Border Community Action is a youth photography workshop focused on technical, critical, and therapeutic storytelling. Taking place in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, 20/20 FOTO is displayed as simultaneous exhibitions on either side of the border.
On the U.S. side of the project is Creative Kids in El Paso, while Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa participates in Juarez. The two groups of are made up of twenty students from communities affected by regional violence.
The project 20/20 FOTO will be one of the first institutional cross-border art programs between the two cities since violence in Juarez exploded.
Along 100 feet of the fence that separates the children is a growing number of photos taken by the children.
The young photographers on both sides of the border were given lessons on by the 20/20 FOTO team. However, the groups themselves are not partnered.
Recently, Pentax helped 20/20 with the donation of 20 cameras for the camera library.
The 20/20 FOTO is 2020FOTO team is Roberto Gomez, Neil Rivas (seen with children below), Claudia Marquez, Heidi Lubin, Maria Nunez
Check out some of the children’s photos below.
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