WASHINGTON (June 20, 2007)–Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and National Geographic contributor Jay Dickman will give 15 teenage students from the San Francisco Chinatown area a unique opportunity to document their lives and surroundings during National Geographic’s San Francisco Photo Camp 2007.
From June 21-24, the high school students, all first-generation Asian Americans or recent immigrants from Asia, will photograph, edit and design a portrait of the city’s Chinatown neighborhood, the Asian immigrant community and their own families as they settle into life in America. The Photo Camp is presented in collaboration with the San Francisco Chronicle and the Community Youth Center-SF, a local community center that provides education, outreach and development programs to motivate high-risk Asian youth to succeed.
During the four-day workshop at the San Francisco Chronicle headquarters, Dickman will brief the students on photographic vision, equipment and technique; accompany them on their assignments; critique their work; and guide them through the process of creating a story. The students will be assigned to photograph images of “Surroundings,” “My Life in San Francisco” and “Portraits of Family and Community.” In addition to Dickman, the teens will be mentored by San Francisco Chronicle deputy director of photography Kathleen Hennessy, National Geographic Kids magazine photo editor Karine Aigner, Chronicle photographer Carlos Gonzalez and Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan, who will work with small groups of students during each session. As the work is reviewed, the team will use the photographs as a catalyst for discussion about the young people’s life experiences.
“We hope that Photo Camp 2007 can give these students a voice and the opportunity to explore the current state of their lives,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s executive vice president, Mission Programs. “We feel honored to participate in this endeavor.”
Participants, their families and community members are invited to a final presentation of the students’ work at the Chronicle’s headquarters on the final day.
EVOLT SLR cameras for the Photo Camp have been provided by Olympus Imaging America Inc. Additional equipment has been donated by Lowepro, Epson, Adobe and Kingston.
In addition to more than 15 assignments for National Geographic, Dickman has worked on many of the “A Day in the Life” photography book series and photographed for various national publications and magazines. His photographic and editorial expertise has earned him national and regional awards, including a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Featured Photography, the World Press “Golden Eye” and the Sigma Delta Chi “Distinguished Service in Journalism” award.
National Geographic Society Mission Programs is sponsoring Photo Camps this year in Oaxaca, Mexico; San Francisco; New York; Houston; Portland, Maine; New Orleans; Erie, Pa.; and Baltimore, in partnership with VisionWorkshops of Annapolis, Md.
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Community Youth Center-SF provides public benefit services throughout the San Francisco area. The organization’s mission is to empower and strengthen high-need Asian youth and their families by providing comprehensive youth development through education, employment training, advocacy and other support service.