The Rayko Photo Center and SF Camerawork's youth mentoring program, First Exposures, present From Inside Eyes: The Ghana Youth Project.
In October 2005 SF Camerawork and First Exposures sponsored mentor Jamie Lloyd's trip to West Africa to bring a photography program to 10 youths in Ghana's capital city of Accra. The children not only learned a new skill but were also given the opportunity to visually represent their country, culture, and religion through photographic images.
Lloyd met with her students three times a week and assigned photography projects including: animals, family, sports, self-portraiture, market days, and festivals. Field trips included a visit to an Internet café to view photography online and a field trip to the Daily Graphic newspaper, the largest newspaper in Ghana. At the end of the two-month class the students were invited to participate in a photo contest held by the Junior Art Club, a local non-profit youth arts organization, where four of the students were awarded top honors.
This exhibition of more than 100 photographs features a selection of work by Jamie Llyod and by the students in Ghana which is the culmination of more than 200 rolls of film shot.
Exhibition on View: May 2-July 2, 2006
The RayKo Photo Center is a unique artist-run photographic arts center that has been serving the Bay Area photographic community since 1990. The RayKo facility located at 428 Third Street in the
city's Museum District offers 12,000 square feet of work space dedicated to the creation, presentation, and appreciation of contemporary photography. Over the years the RayKo Photo Center
developed a reputation as a nexus for Bay Area artists and photographers to produce their work and exchange ideas in a stimulating environment.
In addition to exhibitions in the gallery, the flat files of the Photographer's Marketplace features a rotating selection works by Bay Area artists. The goal of the Photographer's Marketplace is to support the work of Bay Area artists, and encourage the collecting of art by making it more accessible and affordable. RayKo is also host site of the Bay area's first and only Art*O*Mat vending machine where original works of art can be purchased for the cost of a $5 token.
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