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