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Last Updated: 04/14/2005Storytelling through the lens
Not only has Sadaf Cameron made a major unconventional step in her professional life by coming here to UPEACE, she has also shown great courage in bringing her 9-year-old son to Costa Rica for this year of studies. Multitask situations such as being simultaneously a mother and a student seem to have shaped Sadaf’s character through many years of experience, and have made her a compassionate and committed young woman, which has my great respect.
have my bachelor degree in documentary photography. Photography as art is my
full passion, and I believe that photography is a tool for social change. During
my education I had two major documentary projects. The first one I created in
one of the biggest Afghan refugee camps in
Back in the
Only one and a half year later I showed my work in a
collective exhibition in
One week before 9/11, a contemporary art gallery in
My passion is the love of photography, and if it weren t
for my son, I would most likely be a war-photographer. But I realize that I
cannot place myself in such danger, with my responsibility. I also couldn t
support myself and my son with documentaries alone. My side jobs were always
diverse, from working in restaurants, teaching art and art therapy in pre- and
primary schools, to hard construction work, providing my life income. A portion
of the profits from my exhibition went back to
My search went on I was looking for more useful things to do. I was clear about keeping my professional integrity and never going for commercial compromises in my photographical art.
To me, the quality of photography is to freeze time, a tool for education, in order not to loose history. Photos are physical manifestations of oral history and part of story telling. Pictures are tools with the potential for international exposure; they can be used for constructive growth of international understanding and can become an instrument for conflict resolution. I am developing now at UPEACE concepts on how to use photography as a catalyst of dialogue within the culture of learning. Documentary photography holds to me expressions of identity, consciousness raising, a tool of interpretation that alleviates misunderstandings. Within my passion for photography I found a vehicle to work with conflicts on a creative way on various levels.
Irene Munz is postgraduate student at the University for Peace, studying Gender and Peace Building. She is from Switzerland