It has been said that a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it.
ImagineAsia and ARZU Studio Hope have collaborated to establish the Young Women’s Photography Initiative in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.
The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity to document their communities by giving them the tools to create their own art.
YWPI students take classes in photography, English and computer skills while producing photojournalistic documentation of their life in the Bamiyan Valley. Through their cameras, students learn to see their communities in new ways. The students’ photos portray universal themes and reflect the resiliency of their culture, which gives them a powerful voice.
Ranging from street photography and landscapes to portraits and candids, the works radiate with the resiliency and hope of each photographer.
The capstone of the series of weeklong workshops will be exhibitions in Afghanistan and beyond.
Check out the gallery to see the students' progress: