From December through March 2008, Rob Goldman gave weekly photography lessons to homeless men along with disposable cameras. “[Goldman] felt [this] could help bring him in touch with a world that seemed incredibly alien. The cameras came back filled with hauntingly beautiful images of life on the other side of tracks.” The lecture and discussion will be led by Rob Goldman as he provides insights on the experience.
The word “service” is often used to describe tasks performed with expectations of praise or compensation. Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI) defines service in rather different terms. For HIHI, service means giving back. It does so via a collective of more than 25 local congregations and religious institutions, who ensure that the homeless of Huntington Township have food and a safe, warm place to sleep during the coldest winter months. Learn more about HIHI.
Days after his viewing Born Into Brothels, a documentary based on a woman teaching photography to children of prostitutes in India, Rob Goldman swung into action. An internationally published photographer and teacher himself, Goldman decided to put his talents to work in a brand new arena; as part of his graduate school studies, he would teach these men the art of photography. This he felt could help bring him in touch with a world that seemed incredibly alien. He wondered, “Can I give these men a chance to share their life with me through photography and at the same time share their story with the world?”
From December through March 2008, the men received disposable cameras at their weekly lessons. The cameras came back filled with hauntingly beautiful images of life on the other side of tracks. Goldman led critiques, lectures and demonstrations, as translators (some more fluent than others) struggled to convey the subtleties of his teachings to a mostly non-English-speaking student body. ‘When I taught, they were completely there,’ remarked Goldman, ‘grasping the concepts I was teaching and applying them week after week. Their growth as photographers has been remarkable!’ – Tes Silverman.Learn more about Goldman.
This event is part of the ICAN collaboration project. It is sponsored by the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education and the Sociology Department.