Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Thanks to our supporters!

As the "Breaking Free" exhibit makes it's way to a third location, we'd like to take a moment to list some Kickstarter backers that made this exhibit possible:

Ink Monstr
100% Natural Ltd.

Compassionate Pain Management
Jenny Kessler
Barb & Steve Bates
Adrian Barrett (Lightmaker)
Ted Johnson Dental
The Dubman Family
Suzanne Sell
Owen Lauber
John Michelotti

Thank you! This couldn't have happened without you!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Chiang Mai Month of Photography

Shoot Cameras Not Guns is pleased to announce our involvement in the Chiang Mai Month of Photography- a series of photography exhibits run by F/28.
The exhibit, "Breaking Free" has traveled around Denver, USA, and will now be on display in Chiang Mai, Thailand through February 28, 2015. 

The OPENING PARTY will be this Saturday, February 14, 2015. 

Photo by Talachan

Shoot Cameras Not Guns
Venue: Alliance fran├žaise
Dates: February 1 – 28, 2015Opening hours:Mondays from 8 am to 6 pmTuesdays to Fridays from 8 am to 7.30 pmSaturdays from 7.30 am to 5.30 pmSundays from 8.30 am to 12.30 pmOpening Party: Saturday, February 14, 2015 @  5 pm
Alliance fran├žaise Chiang Mai
138 Thanon Charoen Prathet
50100 Chiang Mai
Tel: 053 275 277
Fax: 053 821 039

About the Exhibit:
The images in this series were taken by students of the 2013 workshops in Burma and Thailand, former students who now help run the program, and by Diana Sabreen (SCNG Founder, Executive Director, and photographer).  These images were created by past and current students from this population. You can read about these photographers throughout the exhibit.
Burma (also called Myanmar) is at a critical point in its history. After more than 50 years of oppressive military rule, the government is shifting towards democracy. Citizens continue to fight for human rights such as freedom of speech and expression, risking political imprisonment.
Since freedom of the press is just being developed in Burma, it is important for journalists and activists to learn international standards for accurate and truthful journalism. With the right tools, our students are able to provide engaging visual evidence of what is happening in their communities. These photographs spark critical conversations about their lives both locally and globally.
Burma is literally breaking free of old chains and creating new norms in every aspect of the culture. When we asked one of our photojournalists how he knows what he is allowed to publish, he responded, “We just push the boundaries every day. And if no one comes knocking on our door, we know we can publish this kind of thing.”
About the Project:
Shoot Cameras Not Guns is a Denver-based non-profit that teaches photography as a tool for social change and empowerment. The project leads workshops locally and internationally in underserved and marginalized communities.
In 2013, SCNG continued work with Burmese refugees and journalists-in-exile in Thailand, and launched the program for the first time inside Burma.