The SalaamGarageNYC team was in full photo editing mode at the latest NYC Meetup. We are getting ready for the Everybody Needs Someone, Aging-Out of Foster Care in NY Book and Exhibition. It is hard work picking images and text from this adult project that explores what happens when youth age out of the foster care system and presenting it to children. Our discussion was lively, full of arguments for and against showing tattoos, facial piercings and tongue piercings. Will parents be disturbed by portraits of young adults with such adornment? How do you show documentary photography and journalism to kids? And can you tell a story with just 3 images?
The show opens June 23, 2012 at the Long Island Children’s Museum in several of their galleries and runs through September 2, 2012. We are totally excited and challenged. We are finding that it is harder to tell a story to 5-11 year old children than it is to share with adults!
This is all as we anxiously await for our current Kickstarter fundraiser to gain momentum so we can actually print and frame the show in time! Please pledge and support this important project.
Thanks to everyone who came: Jim Sewastynowicz who is our Aging Out of Foster Care book designer and the photographer who photographed Richard, Moya McAllister who wrote and photographed Teddie for the project and is a brilliant photo editor, Amelia Coffaro who photographed Nefertiti and is overseeing the exhibition printing and framing, Tommy Hallisey who interviewed Fekri to accompany Photographer Bruce Byers photos of Fekri, Heather Walsh who is co-producer for this project and photographed three subjects for the project (Dmitriy, Renald, and Krista), Lisa Weatherbee who photographed Elijah, Robert Hooman who photographed Brandon, Vivian Moos who is a veteran documentary photography who came to help with the editing, and finally the interns Hallie, Rebecca and Ariam from Stonybrook University journalism school and lastly, me (Maggie Soladay, project producer and photography editor).