As a photographer, I share stories that bring people together. I am currently studying photography at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and will be graduating this winter (January 2014). My current work deals with two photography-based social action initiatives that focus on communities most people are familiar with only through misguided perceptions of prejudice or fear: Ultra-Orthodox Jews and the Roma (Gypsies) of Eastern Europe.
When visiting a new country, I make an effort to connect with people, live among local communities and assimilate myself into their culture. This spring I had the privilege of studying in the Czech Republic and quickly became aware of Roma people and the astonishing discrimination they suffer. During this time, I traveled to live with Roma communities in isolated parts of the Czech Republic. Working despite the struggle of a Czech/English language barrier, I spent weekends photographing their lives, hearing their stories, and discussing misunderstood public perceptions of their culture; stereotypes ranging from Gypsy criminality, lifestyle and nomadic misconceptions, to education.
Through my skills in photography, video, and social networking, I seek to help change the tide of prejudice into a sea of acceptance for Romani communities by giving them a collective voice through this project.
Risks and challenges
Although there are always risks when immersing yourself in cultures and communities far different than your own, the risks to finishing this project are minimal. With the connections I have established and continue to make in the Roma communities, I expect no less than a successful completion of The Roma Project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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