Kuumba’s First Photo Exhibition

On May 30, 2013, the students of the Kuumba Arts  held their first photography exhibit at the Ensley Recreation Center in Ensley, Alabama.  The exhibit drew a crowd of close to 75 people which included the students’ families, teachers and other community members. This event was very exciting not only for the Kuumba staff, but also for the students. The event was such a success that two of the student artists were interviewed by the Birmingham Times Newspaper.  The student artists, all young Black boys ranging in ages from 8-12 years old took photographs of places in their communities with a Canon Powershot A2300, they were given very little direction and the results were breath taking.

By encouraging the students to see places and objects that are a part of their daily lives in new, creative ways we hope to inspire them to also see their lives and the lives of others with a new lens.  Below are some of the photographs from the exhibition.

Click  Birmingham Times 6.13.2013 to read the news article from the Birmingham Times.

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Week One: Eyes Wide Open

“Excuse me, what is this class for?” His 5’’4’ frame stood before me covered in a black pullover and the classic blue uniform pants. I looked up from the table and explained it was a photography class and that I even had cameras for him to use.  “Thank you”. He went over to the table and took a seat. I think the promise to throw them a big party once class was over and invite lots of people to come and check out their work is what really drew him in.  Three other boys came after him and one little girl. We spent the spent the next hour discussing the proper way to handle a camera, point of view and composition. Half our time was spent outside taking pictures.  I’m gonna stop talking and let you all see where my photography students are starting 🙂  My posts for the next few weeks will be all about Lamontez, Markevius, Carmen, Ron and Myron. They are the brave souls that dare to learn something different and I am so honored to be learning with them!