What is the MyNew Orleans Photo Project?
The MyNew Orleans Photo Project began in 2016 to help share the stories of those affected by homelessness. With the help of Fujifilm America, we annually distribute up to 100 FujiFilm single-use cameras and encourage participants to share their stories about life on the streets of New Orleans.
The MyNew Orleans Photo Project participants include both people native to New Orleans as well as people who have come from as far as Europe, and those who call New Orleans home. For those who have visited, and those of us who live here, you can understand and agree with many participants who feel that New Orleans is a special place. This project was started to bring attention to the issue of homelessness in New Orleans, and bring together people’s experiences in a beautiful way.
This high-quality calendar features 13 photos printed on high gloss paper, captured by MyNew Orleans Photo Project participants who documented the Big Easy from their perspectives. Participants took photos of buildings, people, and neighborhoods that have influenced and inspired them and we hope they inspire you and give you a sense of theirNew Orleans.
The MyNew Orleans Calendar Project has several goals:
- To create a gallery exhibit and a calendar to share with the public - enabling the following:
- Empowering people affected by homelessness, not only through photography, but through connecting with the public.
- To tell the stories of individuals who are affected by homelessness.
- To raise awareness in the general public about the issues surrounding homelessness from the participant’s personal perspective.
- To provide interested participants with an opportunity to earn money by assisting with calendar sales.
Where does the money go?
The calendar will be produced by Mele printers on the North Shore, a Louisiana-based firm. The project is self-funding from calendar sales and personal donations only, and receives no government or other grant money.
We are supported in-kind by FujiFilm and have received technical support from Cafe Art in London. We have partnered with local organizations working to alleviate the suffering of those who are homeless in New Orleans. These partners include: Baptist Friendship House, Harry Tompson Center, Grace at the Green Light, Bridge House/Grace House, Hagar's House, St. George's Dragon Cafe, the New Orleans Public Library, Covenant HOuse, Crescent City Outreach, and the New Orleans Womens and Childrens Shelter.
All the money raised goes back into the project, either to pay for the printing of the photographs and calendar, rewarding the winning photographers, and enabling sales at art markets so participants can earn money.
Risks and challenges
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