Photography for Nairobi

CompanyStudio White
PhotographerAdam Balcerek
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Those pictures are part of PhotographyForNairobi, charitable project aimed at stopping human trafficking inKenya. A group of young people has been given tools in the form of trainings with the photographer and equipment, to be able start to work independently. Today, the participants of the project are using the tools, to earn money for themselves and for their families and they’re truly changing their lives for better! On each picture we can recognize one of the participants with a camera (a symbol of a working-person between slaves). Without our help they could end-up exploited, working as slaves or prostitutes. A-DIGNIFIED-JOB-IS-WITHIN-A-LENS-REACH!

Story

Those pictures are part of Photography For Nairobi – charitable project aimed at stopping human trafficking in Kenya. 45% of Kenyans are unemployed (75% of them are under 30!), which makes them an easy target for slave-drivers engaged in trafficking in human beings. Thanks to the PFN-project, a group of young people has been given tools in the form of trainings with the photographer (author of those images) and equipment to be able start to work independently. And they truly changed and still changing their lives for better! Using the tools, the participants of the project are earning money for themselves and for their families. Such a tool is the photo-camera, here a symbol of a working-person between slaves. On the pictures are some of the participants of the PFN-Project: Betty (age 21), Kenny (age25), Reuben (age 21). Without our help they could easily end up exploited, working as slaves or prostitutes. A DIGNIFIED JOB IS WITHIN A LENS REACH!

About Photographer

Adam Balcerek was born and raised in Poznan (Poland). He moved to Germany, where he was studying architecture at the Faculty of Architecture at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus. After graduating he moved to Warsaw in Poland, where he started to work as an architect. At the same time he started extramural studies at the Warsaw Academy of Photography. After 4 years of working in the one of the most known architectural offices in Europe and doing his first steps in fashion photography, he realized that the photography is what he lives for. He quit his job as an architect and he moved to Paris, where he spent many months and working as a photographic assistant in Le Rouchon and Pin Up Studio. Among the others he worked with: Patric Shaw, Craig McDean, Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello, Felix Lammers...). After this experience he came back to Warsaw where he works till now as a fashion and advertising photographer.