50 kids. 50 cameras.

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“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso

Photography is an art handed down to us from generations past. It is an art that uses one image to paint an evoking story. Francis and Stephanie Lane from silenttapes.com plan to utilize this art with fifty children of Fortaleza to discover fifty stories surrounding the children’s day to day lives. With the World Cup taking place in Brazil this year, there is heavy controversy surrounding the subsequent Social-Spatial displacement caused by preparations for tourists of the event.

Unbeknownst to many, there is a full world of child exploitation surrounding Forteleza exemplified through the over half a million child prostitutes. With the majority of adults surviving on less than $1.30 per day, many children are coerced into prostitution as a means of support. Aside from this harsh environment, over 200,000 have been displaced so far while an estimated $400 million has been used in renovations for the World Cup.

Fifty Kids. Fifty Cameras. seeks to provide children of a local community center with cameras that will then be used to capture the everyday life of each of the children. Once complete, an exhibition in New York will feature the photographs in order to raise awareness for the injustices faced in Brazil. All proceeds collected from the gallery and subsequent book will go toward funding the children of Forteleza and educational programs on the prevention of exploitation of children.

Join the fight to give voice to those left voiceless.

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Written by Kristen for Our Daily Good News

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