Zanmi Foto is a community development program that uses photography and discussion-based activities to build resilient communities. OVer the last three years, faculty and students from Sewanee have collaborated with students from the agricultural college, Centre Formation Fritz Lafontant (CFFL) in Haiti, and a small community of forty five families high in the Central Plateau of Haiti. Working together to create a more resilient environment, Professor Deborah McGrath and her team of Sewanee students has designed a payment for ecosystems program, while Professor Pradip Malde and his team has piggy-backed a program that fixes community histories and development concerns via photography and writing.
Save the date: Exhibition Reception and Fundraiser, Friday March 4, 2016, 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Pearl’s Foggy Mountain Café and Restaurant, Highway 41A, Sewanee, TN.
Photographs made by community members have become, and are adding to, part of family photo albums as well as a larger community archive. Discussions around these photographs establish a written and spoken record about community concerns and local histories. Together, the photographic archive creates a soft data base that can help communities articulate an understanding of their environment – cultural and physical – to outside agencies.
We are now entering an exciting new phase of the Zanmi Foto project, where a new group of CFFL students will be trained in photography and community development methods, while the core group of Zanmi Foto participants in Bois Jolie is increased to a total of eight families. And we will hire two salaried graduates from last year’s group of CFFL Zanmi Foto interns to put in dedicated time to sustaining the project in Haiti. These Zanmi Foto Field Staff will ensure that the program is running smoothly through regular meetings with the participants and CFFL student interns, providing field support services to the program, coordinate interactions between the Zanmi Foto community and outside agencies, and report all activities to the program leaders in Haiti and Sewanee. They will also serve as guides and mentors to Sewanee students who work with the project during Summer research internships.
This important second phase of Zanmi Foto needs your support. Sales from photographs, made over almost ten years of development and class trips to Haiti by Sewanee students and faculty, will all be donated to funding Zanmi Foto. Please visit the running exhibition at Pearls Foggy Mountain Cafe and Restaurant in Sewanee, TN, or view the exhibition online, and order prints by completing the order request form below.
The photographs are richly printed on the finest papers using archival, museum quality materials.
All prints at Pearl’s Foggy Mountain Cafe and Restaurant are for sale:
Framed, Varying image size* on a 20×16 inch sheet at $250.00
Unframed, Varying image size* on a 20×16 sheet at $200.00
Varying image size* on a 11×14 sheet of paper at $150.00
Varying image size* on a 20×16 sheet at $200.00
Varying image size* on a 11×14 sheet at $150.00
(*we print the images so that there is roughly a 2 inch border, depending on the aspect ratio of the image.)