EYE SEE is an on going collaborative project between UNICEF and Sony Europe. It is an annual project and the idea behind it is to give African children the opportunity to learn about photography and tell their own stories through a series of images.
This year the project took place in Bamako, the capital of Mali and the resulting pictures which were taken by a group of children, aged 10-18 are absolutely beautiful. I’ve always been fascinated by what captures the imagination of a child and this project allows them to explore their own city in a new way and share this with the rest of the world.
The photographs capture their daily lives and explore themes ranging from friendship and family, to the harsh realities of extreme poverty and child labour.
Below you will find a selection of the images, please respect the copyright laws and I’d also like to thank Alex Martin, who is working in collaboration with UNICEF and Sony for bringing this project to my attention.
For more information on the project you can visit the EYE SEE website
“Photography is an amazing tool for children who have never been to school,” says Giacomo Pirozzi. “The camera becomes an easy way for them to show what they feel”
I hope these photographs inspire you as much as they have inspired me. You can find more information on the project at EYE SEE website
Throughout 2011, photographs by the children will be featured in a series of exhibitions around the world, launching in Mali in July.
- Photographs taken by African street children for UNICEF’s ‘Eye See’ project (telegraph.co.uk)
- A Snapshot of a Life (lifesmaze.wordpress.com)