About the Book
This book is the culmination of a month-long collaboration between a photography class at Quisqueya Christian School (QCS), a private English-speaking school and a group of students from Timkatec, a vocational training center. The QCS students shared their recently-acquired photography skills to the Timkatec students, who in turn came back with documentation of surprising and hidden corners of Haiti that few of us had seen before. In a sense, this was a dialogue in which two groups of young artists shared perspectives with one another and found common ground in their love for photography.
The students you’ve met here are diverse. All seven of them are Haitian and live in Port-au-Prince, but they each have a unique background and experience growing up in Haiti. They haven’t told you their story in many words, but hopefully you can see through their eyes and their camera lens, something about the world that they know.
Hillary Prag received her Master’s Degree in International and Intercultural Communication at the University of Denver where she specialized in international development and photojournalism. Her work concentrates on developing programs that allow marginalized populations to advocate for themselves by equipping them with photojournalism tools to articulate their own experience. Her photography workshop program for at-risk youth began in 2006 in Seattle and has since traveled with her to Boston; Denver; Port-au-Prince, Haiti and, most recently, northern Thailand. Her curriculum is designed to help students access their traumatic stories from a workable distance with the camera and to train mental health workers to support the process. She is currently based in Denver where she works with refugee youth in the Denver Public Schools district.