What is Kliptown Photo Project?
We are dedicated to creating opportunities for the high school students of Kliptown, South Africa, one of the oldest informal settlements in Soweto. The students in Kliptown live with up to four generations of their families in one or two room shacks without electricity, running water or public services.
We will be working with several young, dynamic South African photographers to teach the students photography and photojournalism this July. We will provide the digital equipment which would otherwise be unavailable to them, and teach them how to publish their photos to blogs and websites.
We believe that learning photography is a way to foster creativity and connection. We want them to be able to show us the world through their eyes, and to gain skills, confidence, and agency through the process.
Exhibitions of these photographs taken by the students and their teachers are planned for both South Africa and the United States. Proceeds from the exhibitions and sale of photographs will go to the Kliptown Youth Program to further their educational and arts programs in the community.
Get involved with the Kliptown Photo Project here.