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Portrait Equality - Taking Photos and Giving Them Away

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by Ivana Katz (subscribe)
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Published May 17th 2013
Amazing how much Happiness a Photo can Bring
Wherever you look, you see people snapping photos with their digital cameras, phones and other portable mobile devices. It is hard to imagine that people in many countries are not afforded that opportunity.

Looking at my photo directory not long ago, I was surprised to see my image count at 120,000. Pictures of happy times with family and friends, exciting locations we have visited, photos of my son growing up…

I love photos and the memories they capture and was excited to receive an invitation to the launch of Portrait Equality, a unique non-profit organisation, that not only takes photos, but also gives them away.

Set up by Tasmin Brown, a professional photographer and her husband Dan, the idea started during their trip to Papua New Guinea in 2010. While riding on an old bus, the driver showed them a couple of pictures of his children, which he kept in the console. Because of his job, he only got to see his family every few months.

Tasmin took a photo of the driver standing in front of his bus with her new FujiFilm Instant Camera, so he could give it to his children, for which he was very thankful.

As they walked through the markets, Tasmin and Dan took photos of parents with their children and gave it to them. One father was so excited to have a photo with his new baby that he gave Tasmin a woven billum bag off his back.

And so Project Equality began.

The organisation loans FujiFilm Instant Cameras and provides film to those travelling to remote areas and developing countries, so they can continue the work Tasmin and Dan started.

To help provide family portraits to those who may never otherwise have the opportunity, you can donate money, which will help purchase either a camera, film or postage – simply click here. Or register and become a photographer for Portrait Equality

For more information about the project visit the Portrait Equality website.

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