'Framing Our World' workshop trains young photographers in Uzbekistan
This story is adapted from a report by workshop participant Nastya Kakaladze.
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 8 January 2009 – Fifteen Uzbek children recently studied the elements of photography with renowned photographer Giacomo Pirozzi through a workshop called 'Framing Our World', sponsored by UNICEF and the Uzbekistan Ministry of Public Education.
The five-day session encouraged the students to see their home city of Tashkent differently than they ever had before: through the lens of a camera. The children – several of whom were orphans – were selected by their peers to participate in the workshop because they had the skills to share their newfound knowledge with classmates when they returned to school.
A variety of themes
Students in the workshop helped cover three different photographic themes: family, tradition and culture; orphans and disabled children; and nature and the environment. Instructional classes were followed by practical sessions in which small groups set out to explore and record these themes. Children visited schools, families, an orphanage, and a neighbourhood in the old city of Tashkent.
One of the participants, Saidazim Fazilov, 16, called the workshop "an adventure."