Wendy Ewald (born 1951) has been travelling to rural communities to teach local children how to use a camera since 1975. She has travelled to India, Labrador, Colombia, India, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Holland, Mexico and Tanzania, encouraging children, as she states, “to use cameras to look at their own lives, their families and their communities, and to make images of their fantasies and dreams”. After graduating Antioch college, Ohio, in 1974, Wendy soon after took a trip to Letcher County in Kentucky’s Appalachian mountains. The children bought her $10 cameras Instamatic cameras and took these snapshots and portraits of their lives. Why sell them? She explains: “I hoped that by buying the cameras they would value them as things they had worked to earn money for and would have as long as they took care of them.”
The series of photos is brought to together in Wendy’s book Portraits and Dreams.
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