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In Jordan getting ready to teach for National Geographic Photo Camp. Very welcoming, beautiful people here!! Excited to work with @mattmoyerphoto @brackjon @sepoulton Please stay tuned for more and check out the student work @ngphotocamp
Amy Toensing and seven other photographers were asked to share one image that captured love for National Geographic’s PROOF blog. To read about the stories that lie behind these images, click here.
Matt Moyer and Amy Toensing were invited to PBS’s NEWSHOUR to discuss their involvement in National Geographic’s Photo Camp. They describe the deep interactions they have with their students and the journey and self discovery the students go through once given a camera. To learn more click here.
Matt Moyer traveled to Georgia to photograph the daily life of students at Utopian Academy for the Arts, a charter school in Clayton County. Moyer’s photographs were featured in Atlanta Magazine. To learn more about these students’ lives click here.
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Catherine Simon Arona from South Sudan glides on ice for the first time in Washington D.C. today. Catherine was a student in a @ngphotocamp in Juba last fall and her work is included in a group exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. Student images from all 67 Photo Camps are on display including Haiti, Pakistan, New Orleans, Barbados, Baltimore, Chad, Ukraine and many more. The exhibition also includes a behind-the-scenes movie from the South Sudan camp featuring @mattmoyerphoto, @edkashi and @goldbergr. The exhibition is free and will be on display until May.
Check ngmuseum.org for details!
On January 13, Matt and Amy along with photographer Lynn Johnson will participate in a panel discussion with their students from NG Photo Camp South Sudan.
Where: Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic Society 17th and M Street, N.W. When: 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
Matt and Amy traveled with National Geographic Photo Camp to South Sudan in September, to work with young South Sudanese in visual story telling. “The six-day workshop taught the students how to use photography to document the ways in which the South Sudanese are engaging in cross-tribal peace-building activities.” If you want more information click here!
Amy Toensing traveled to Iowa for National Geographic magazine to photograph people who are classified as “food insecure”—meaning they need assistance, either from government programs and/or food banks to get the food they need. Toensing talks about some of her experiences in the featured video and the conversation.
National Geographic Photo Camp, a melding of the minds of Vision Workshops, a non-profit founded by Elstner, and the National Geographic Society, empowers youth in underserved areas of the world to find their voice through photography.
Photograph by Monicah Njeri Mwangi
Matt + Amy both taught at the Kenya Photo Camp and sat down with National Geographic to recount the experience. Check out their interview here, and get a look into the eye of the participating journalists through the video Matt created of their photography.
“When we look at images, we understand something about the world – but it’s always in the context of ourselves. It’s a universal language.” —Amy Toensing
Watch as Amy discusses the power of photography and her own personal journey in the field. The video portrait was produced by National Geographic magazine in partnership with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Check out some of Amy’s Instagram posts from aboard the Orion this week:
Loh Island in the Torres Islands, Vanuatu © Amy Toensing
Land diving on Pentecote island in Vanuatu © Amy Toensing