WHEN A TRUCKER WINS A PHOTO AWARD.
Manish worked as a helper of a trucker and only learned to use a camera in 2008 when he joined the Centre for Human Progress ( CHP), an organisation that works to improve the lives of people susceptible to HIV infection such as truckers, sex workers, transgenders, homosexuals and drug users. It was CHP director Ash Pachauri's bright idea to involve a group of truckers in a photo- documentation project.
He says the project was just " one small effort being made to strengthen the response and the enabling environment for such communities". Cameras were rented for them and they learned to take pictures that told a story. " We regularly reviewed progress and provided feedback. Besides the technical aspects, they also learned how to take photos that would depict ideas they wanted to convey," explains Pachauri.
Last year, the trucker's photos were exhibited in a well- received show entitled ' Expressions of Empowerment' held at the India Habitat Centre.
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