Photo Camp: Crimea at the Paley Center for Media showcases life in Ukraine, through the eyes of local teens

Photos by 20 Ukrainian teens mentored by National Geographic photographers are on exhibit at the Paley Center for Media in New York, opening to the public March 10.

A group of young people photograph a toddler
Young people in Crimea participate in a National Geographic photo camp, supported by Internews. (credit: Internews)
The work we've seen is stunning . We really hope these kids will take away from this the confidence in their own photographic ability, understanding how important photography is in our lives.

Focused on the theme of water, the work illustrates how people of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea live, work and play in and around the Black Sea coast.

“I looked at the sea from a different perspective.” said Anton Sherba, age 13. “I was always looking at this through my eyes, but now I looked at it through the camera lens.”

“The work we’ve seen is stunning,” said Jay Dickman, the National Geographic Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who led the camp. “We really hope these kids will take away from this the confidence in their own photographic ability, understanding how important photography is in our lives.”

Through excerpts of journal entries and video interviews with the young photographers, the exhibit shows the teens’ exuberance and ideas for improving their communities, as well as the photography skills they gained. 

Photo Camp: Crimea is a joint effort of National Geographic and Internews, an international nonprofit media development organization. The Paley Center for Media has partnered with Internews to help bring the work to the world community through the gallery exhibit and a social media campaign.

After the camp the photos were exhibited in the Crimean cities of Simferopol, Bakhchisaray, and Dzhankoy. Some of the most successful images capture simple scenes of everyday life along the coast – families vacationing, lifeguards scolding, and dogs basking in the sunshine.

Visitors are encouraged to share their reactions to the show online with the hashtag #photocampcrimea, so the teens can follow and join the international conversation. The Paley Center exhibit will run through May.

About Internews:

Internews is an international media development organization established in 1982. Its mission is to empower local media worldwide to provide people with the news and information that they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard. Internews’ work in Ukraine is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

About National Geographic Photo Camp:

National Geographic Photo Camp is a series of photography workshops for youth from underserved communities both in and outside the United States. In partnership with local newspapers and community organizations, Photo Camp inspires young people to explore their communities through the camera lens and to share their vision through public presentations and exhibitions.

About the Paley Center for Media:

The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.

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