Every Person Has a Story — Snap a photo and share

“We are bringing an honest understanding of day-to-day life in these other countries to the American youth when, up until now, the sensationalized media may well have skewed perceptions.” (EPHAS)

This is a statement from an American not-for-profit ngo “Every Person Has a Story” (EPHAS).  Founded in 2003, it has worked in Cambodia, Rwanda, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  EPHAS’ mission is “to educate people in developing countries in media arts so they can self-document the life and transformation in their communities.”   It generates photographs of life in places perhaps unknown or misunderstood by others, allowing “for a more cultured, empathetic and philanthropic generation.”

EPHAS uses a “15 Word Exercise” to prompt photos representing these enormous ideas as seen in daily life.

  1. Fear
  2. Innocence
  3. Family
  4. Pain
  5. Nourishment
  6. Education
  7. Frustration
  8. Funny
  9. Beauty
  10. Home
  11. Hope
  12. Waste
  13. Loss
  14. Joy
  15. Compassion

Where do you see these ideas in Lebanon?  Lebanon is richly diverse and dynamic.  Yet images in the media fall into stereotypes that misrepresent Lebanese culture.  We’re looking for original photographs of Lebanese life that you feel display these 15 ideas—think of the words as captions, like “Frustration in Lebanon.”  If we can build a significant collection, we will share them through Friends of Lebanon.  EPHAS will also consider sharing them.   So snap a photo and share.  Copy into the body of an email and send to ‘mail@friendsoflebanon.org’ and put EPHAS in the subject line.   It is one way we can together change misconceptions.


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