FotoKonbit is a non-profit organization created to encourage Haitians to tell their own stories through photography. We teach photography to youth and adults in Haiti.
FotoKonbit was founded in 2010 by a group of Haitian (and one American) photographers, artists and educators. We have worked with over one hundred students from nine different communities and we are currently working in five communities; a group of adults in the southern agricultural town of Camp Perrin, adults in the fishing village of Labadie, children in the cities of Jacmel and Cap Haitien and we teach a weekly photography class at the Zoranje school just outside of Port-au-Prince.
Each group we work with is different. The group of adults in Camp Perrin started a photography club that we were able to get some digital cameras donated to. The members of the photography club can check out the cameras to use for artistic or commercial purposes. In 2011 we were able to bring one of the members of this group (who had never left Haiti) to the Dominican Republic and photographs of his experience were exhibited in Santo Domingo.
At the Zoranje school we have a weekly photography class with youth between the ages of twelve and twenty. The students are taught to express themselves visually and encouraged to document their ever changing community. The area surrounding the Zoranje school (as well as the Zoranje school) is a relatively new and quickly developing community. The current and future photography students at Zoranje will be photographing the development and changes in their community over time. Canon Europe donated cameras to this group.
In 2011 we began working with a group of ten men and women from the fishing village of Labadie which is very close to Haiti's only cruise port, in the north of Haiti. The participants of this group have been documenting their lives, community and some surrounding historical locations and are now able to sell the images they have produced as gift cards to tourists at the Labadie resort.
We also work with groups of children in the cities of Jacmel and Cap Haitien. With both of these groups the children have photographed historic sites and architecture, learned about the history of their towns and documented their communities. We are selling prints made by both the Jacmel and Cap Haitien groups to create school funds for the children.
FotoKonbit has had exhibitions in Port-au-Prince, Miami, Surenes, France, New Jersey and Houston and we have a permanent exhibition wall at the Port-au-Prince airport and in 2013 FotoKonbit was awarded the Howard Chapnick Grant.
Here is a link about FotoKonbit on Time's Lightbox:
A beautiful brochure that the World Monument Fund created for our Jacmel group:
Here is a link with a bit about FotoKonbit on NPR: