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Photographing the Asian Association of Utah’s Classes

by dav.d

I was hired by the Asian Association of Utah to photograph some of the classes for refugee children in Utah. The Association teaches English, math, and other courses to refugees and the children of refugees. This was a wonderful assignment. It is always inspiring to work with groups such as these. They have a wonderful mission and they need great photography to tell their story.

Students working on a class project

Students working on a class project

Each refugee has a different and unique story. Many are leaving a country left in turmoil. The United States calls itself a land of opportunity and with that comes a chance to provide a safe haven to people from around the world.

Student listens to the teacher

Student listens to the teacher

To photograph these children, the Association selected the classes for me to photograph. Parents gave approval for the photography. I brought my portable lighting kit so everyone looks their best. I try to be as much of a ninja as possible… I don’t want to detract from the classroom but carrying a big camera does get kids watching the photographer. I definitely wanted a lot of candid moments. However, even when kids are looking at the camera the photograph works just fine.

Student in the math class

Student in the math class

We certainly see a small sample of the world in these photographs. I hope I get the opportunity to photograph more assignments like this.

Group of students pose for a photo

Group of students pose for a photo

English class

English class

Healthy lunches provides for the students

Healthy lunches provides for the students

Smiling faces of hope

Smiling faces of hope

The students come from a diverse background.

The students come from a diverse background.

Sisters pose for a photo

Sisters pose for a photo

Teenage classes

Teenage classes

Counselors are on hand

Counselors are on hand

Teenage classes

Teenage classes

Classes for the children of refugees

Classes for the children of refugees

So many different backgrounds with the goal to learn

So many different backgrounds with the goal to learn

Students from refugee classes find help from the Asian Association of Utah

Students from refugee classes find help from the Asian Association of Utah

Raising their hands for learning

Raising their hands for learning

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