We are a passionate group of professionals who believe in the power of the positive image and artistic activism to achieve positive social transformation. Our view has nowhere been expressed better than by the Chinese proverb: “One picture is worth ten thousand words.” Through photography and other types of visual media, we interpret and communicate the everyday reality of our surroundings. And, we will endeavor to document those realities from the point of view of the subjects of our work while remembering that there is an unavoidable link between an image and its photographer and that visual media necessarily partakes of the photographer’s objective and subjective point of view.
What we do
We actively solicit proposals for projects, which meet our criteria. And because we strongly believe that what’s not shared is lost, we will promote the widest possible dissemination of the output of those projects though reporters, NGO´s, “think tanks”, government, web sites, galleries and elsewhere. In this regard, we anticipate licensing the reproduction of funded work wherever doing so meets criteria including but not limited to responsible exhibition and non-profit distribution. (We note, however, that we will need to consider the terms upon which such licenses are issued based on, among other things, the rights and preferences of photographers and photojournalists and the subjects of funded work.)
We do not expect that our project will be universally welcomed. As Albert Einstein observed: “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Regardless, we are eager to support alternative, independent ways of revealing and distributing innovative visual proposals, allowing objective reflections about social outcasts and contemporary reality. In time, moreover, we anticipate that our work will elevate the level of Georgian social photojournalism generally and encourage the development of a better-informed and more socially sensitive Georgian public. Jacob August Riis advocated an approach similar to the patient process we envision, noting: “When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”
Our mission is to “Record humanly, distribute responsibly” Our ministry is, in other words, to instigate and foster realistic but sensitive photojournalism within Georgia by funding, defusing, and exhibiting work addressing social issues and circumstances which will otherwise be neglected or mischaracterized.
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