by Special Guest on February 02, 2012
After eight months in Africa, touching on this vast continent's North (Egypt), East (Kenya) and West (Senegal), I've headed back to where it all began...
Leymah Gbowee is one of three women receiving the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Her incredible story of strength and leadership by standing up to the brutal Liberian dictator, Charles Taylor, is documented in the film, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” She recently took the time to share with us advice she would give the IGVP photojournalist community, especially those who cover situations of war and violence, such as she has experienced. Her wisdom and insight is invaluable. Any opportunity to glean from a woman who has passion, as she has, to change the world is worth listening to.
Ramadan allots 30 days out of the year for followers of Islam to use specifically for prayer, petition, forgiveness, charity, and fasting. The varying depths of personal conviction within this time of corporate worship sent me photographing and interviewing Ramadan participants. I invite you to be introduced to Ramadan with me, as I pursued 30 different faith-stories during this holy month of Forgiveness.
A year ago today we launched not just this website but a potent idea: Visual Peacemaking. And that idea has been, is, and will be uniting a special and international photographic community.
Happy Launch Day... What if humans consistently got exposed to “other” cultures through photography and media presentations themed on beauty and our common humanity instead of conflicts and hatred? Would the world be a less divided place? We believe so. We call this visual peacemaking.
This post is to address a possible "elephant in the room."
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