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Hello Wednesday, August 8

Ben Byrnes

Posted 10:14PM on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 Pacific Time

It is amazing that in three days time these kids have been able to progress from being shy and almost awestruck around the cameras to analyzing each situation for composition, lighting and angles to produce dramatic photography. The intensely personal vision of the kids when they photograph their friends, neighborhood, and yesterday, their homes, offers an amazing insight to how they view their world. They have begun to realize that with the lens of a camera they can share their stories and there are people both in Mozambique and thousands of miles away who will care.

While conversing with my father through email he was reminded of "a speech by Bill Moyer this last January. In the speech [Bill] reminded us that the successes of the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War Protests were because the stories of man's inhumanity to man were told over and over again, especially through graphic photography, until it finally seeped into the American consciousness. This process took many years, even decades of perseverance by the story tellers. They opened our eyes and we owe them a great deal of gratitude." My hope is that when all is said and done and the book has been published and shows have been set up, the stories will keep being retold by those who listen.

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