Recycled Camera Throwaway Project
Journeys such as Dr. Danica Anderson’s to the Congo DRC on missions for the International Criminal Court are rarely shown in media or as a part of studies. One of the key humanitarian efforts the Kolo: WCCC is to integrate culture and community with social justice mechanisms to provide a space for reconciliation and social reconstruction, allowing peace to flourish in communities at grassroots, micro-movements. What better way than to have the child tell their stories.
The Children of Congo DRC Throwaway Camera Project was a collaboration completed in 2013 with the children of Congo DRC to tell their stories with the Kolo:WCCC and Eugene Ahn using reclaimed old cameras. Eugene found in bins across Los Angeles, CA and gathered all the ‘throwaway camera’ he could find. The Kolo: WCCC gave these camera to the Congolese children. Dr. Danica Anderson worked with the children, handing out the cameras asking them if they will you photograph their world. Returning periodically to pick up the film, Dr. Anderson collected their stories and images. The following gallery is of raw photography straight from the eyes of a child.
Through photography, the child collected their stories and images. In this family, the child photographer spoke of his father as sitting there but never there. Violence and substance abuse prevailed. The mother walked to water pump, worked the garden and dried the bricks for their hut.