After Dark Education – AID » Supporting Brooke Shaden's School - The Light Space

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The Light Space is a photography school based in Kolkata, India for survivors of human trafficking and those vulnerable to trafficking and gender based violence. The goal of the program is to teach photography both as a vocational training and as a tool for empowerment and self expression.

The training program is a 5-month long educational experience mixing exercises on healing through photography, practical skills to take into the workplace, and real world experience in photography, Photoshop, and business. Both local and international instructors will be on faculty.

The Light Space is in partnership with US based photographer, Brooke Shaden, US based non-profit Blossomy and Kolkata based NGO, New Light India.

“I went to Kolkata, India with no pre-conceived notions. I was contacted months and months ago by Laura Price, the truly selfless woman who runs an organization called Blossomy. Her organization teaches workshops to survivors of human trafficking in the hopes of bringing light, love, and joy to people who have had a very difficult life. I knew very little about human trafficking when she asked me to come speak. She had asked me based solely on my photography and my blog posts, and also through knowing someone who had attended a workshop of mine. It was a leap of faith, and the more I think about it, it was far more so a leap for her than it was for me. All I had to do was say yes…” –Brooke Shaden: Creating new worlds through images.