March 8, 2010

A Need for Donations!

"...the most grandiose result of the photographic enterprise is to give us the sense that we can hold the whole world in our heads—as an anthology of images."
-Susan Sontag

I am excited to tell you that I'll be teaching a photography class for 6th-graders at Phoenix Collegiate Academy, a new charter school in South Phoenix. The principal's vision is that kids in South Phoenix will be academically and emotionally prepared to attend college and university, something that has not happened on a large scale in the past in South Phoenix. He actually walked door-to-door to recruit his student body, and what they have is a great new learning environment. They plan to add new grades each year.

We are doing the difficult work of trying to find cameras and supplies for the class and only have 1 week left before it begins. We would love to have your used digital cameras for our class. We would also be equally happy to receive monetary contributions, which could be a tax write-off for you, as the school has non-profit status. There are about 25 interested students, and we need cameras, memory cards, and funds to buy class supplies such as DVDs, batteries and print enlargements.

Please, please write me with any questions or if you have any inkling of helping out. I've taught photography and art classes in the past and see that the classes foster curiosity about the world and increase self-esteem in my students. Photography is also an important skill, as some basics of good composition may be useful in whatever career students eventually choose. To put it simply, photography can enrich lives, and I want to bring that gift to students at Phoenix Collegiate Academy.

To donate, send checks to:
Phoenix Collegiate Academy
5610 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85040

Specify that your donation is for the photography enrichment class. To donate supplies, please email me or Akshai Patel, (, the principal, for more information.

I am happy to do a trade as well. Write you an article, do a portrait session--you name it!