***An edited-for-length version of Help-Portrait’s official press release…
There is a movement that began in 2009 that aimed to give back to people who did not have the opportunity for a professional photo.
On December 10, photographers from around the world will gather for the third annual Help-Portrait event. Help-Portrait is simple: find someone in need, take their portrait, print their portrait and deliver their portrait.
In the last two years, more than 101,000 portraits have been given by 10,000 photographers and 12,000 volunteers. This is now a global movement in more than 1,000 locations in 54 countries.
From the beginning of the movement, photographers and volunteers embraced the Help-Portrait ethos: that is giving, not taking photos. However, this year Help-Portrait is encouraging the photographers to share the photos of those subjects who want to tell their story to a wider audience.
“As the founder of this movement, I felt it was best to not show the photos,” says Jeremy Cowart. “I didn’t want this movement to be about photography. But I underestimated our community; they all instantly caught on to the spirit of Help-Portrait. But now I’m realizing just how much we’ve kept the world from seeing and experiencing what we get to see each year. Now I want to let everyone in our little secret by sharing the photos of those who want to tell their stories to the world.”
Another addition this year will involve a personalized element. Those photographed will have the opportunity to draw and write on their photos to tell their stories – as an avenue for their voice to be heard. The Help-Portrait team is also encouraging photographers to hand the cameras over to the subjects to do their own shooting through the lens giving them a unique opportunity to be behind the camera; this movement has always been about connecting with and giving back to the subject.
For more information on Help-Portrait, visit www.help-portrait.com.