SIPP is collecting photographic equipment to support Israeli-Palestinian youth photography workshops. These student-photographers are learning to carefully examine their environment and others around them, and work together to learn a new skill: using a camera to observe subjects and compose a worthy picture.
Students use simple digital cameras, so only basic operational instruction is needed. Instead, composition is emphasized. Students will often work in Palestinian-with- Israeli pairs. The ‘language of photography’ and assignment instructions provide enough commonality so that spoken language differences are not a barrier.
Palestinian and Israeli students will work together to learn about their environment and each other, and examine relationships between their communities, using photography as a medium.
Students will learn to use photography for expression, communication and engagement concerning personal, social, environmental and political issues affecting their lives and communities.
Students will gain an increased sense of responsibility to self, family, community, and gain appreciation of the benefits that flow from responsibility.
These workshops are being conducted in coordination with Judur-Shorashim-Roots (see http://www.friendsofroots.net/projects.html), an Israeli-Palestinian community building organization located in the West Bank.
Please feel free to contact us on how to donate your photography equipment: