Being

Wisam Farraj

"Being" was the title of the photography workshop conducted by photographer Wisam Farraj and Khadijeh Kanambo as assistant from 2004-2005, inviting youths from Jerusalem and the vicinity ages 14-17 to participate and experience for themselves the expansive benefits and power of the medium to change lives, to identify truths, to focus on inner and exterior worlds, in order to finally reveal stories from the everyday reality of participating youth as expressed through the lens.

This was the first time the trainees had participated in a photography workshop, and besides being provided with the basic b/w photographic skills, youths participating were asked to focus on a particular subject matter of relevance to who they are and where they are from, learning how to utilize the camera to mirror their eye’s observations as well as inner reflections. A wide variety of subject matters were approached that include poverty, violence within society, family issues, and restrictions of movement appropriated on Palestinians.

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Wisam Farraj is a photographer born in the village of Rama in Palestine. He graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design with a major in Photography and Video in 2005.