Building a Curriculum, Part 1
So we had the basic idea, and we had some parts in order, next up was to think about the nuts and bolts of how we wanted to approach teaching documentary photography. The most obvious question was -- other than Heather, just who would be teaching the kids?
Enter three dynamic, up and coming photographers, all based in Soweto.
The first is Jerry Obakeng Gaegane, the recipient of the Edward Ruiz Mentorship award for 2012/2013. Jerry recently exhibited a series of photographs on illegal mining in the Johannesburg area. See Mail & Guardian story. Though our kids will be learning the basics of photography, just handling the cameras and uploading photos on the computers at the Youth Program, Jerry is going to teach the kids how to shoot interiors. As you can see from Jerry's photo below, it is a task to which is well suited. (I have to admit, it is one of my favorites. I believe that outside of this project, I may have to purchase a print from Jerry when I'm in SA this summer.)
Next up, we contacted Tila Nomvula Mathizerd, who we specifically wanted to address teaching framing social issues. And Patrick Selemani, our portrait expert.
And thus, a teaching staff is born.
Each student will work with each of our photographers. You never know who might take to shooting portraits or who will have an instinct for lighting. Which kid might have a knack for capturing a social issue, and which is a whiz with action shots.
By working with four amazing photographers, we hope to have all of our bases covered.