Refocus, in co-operation with UNICEF and the Youth Union held a six-week photographic workshop for 24 adolescents in Syria, many of whom were refugees from Palestine and Iraq.
Each participant was given a camera to freely document their life and express their views and opinions.
Refocus placed the emphasis on the participants’ exploring their identity, their environment and their rights through photography.
The workshops addressed issues of identity, respect, gender equality, childrens’ rights and social integration. In addition to photographic techniques, the participants gave their ideas on each issue during group discussions.
This book presents an overview of the course.
We are Kate Denman and Amy Coppins, two English girls with a love of photography and a fascination for the world. We have a great passion for meeting people and hearing their stories, which has taken us down the unusual route of teaching photography to young people whose voices are often not expressed, or given a platform upon which to be heard.