Every year, NCF holds a ten-day photography workshops in Bedouin unrecognized villages in the Negev-Naqab. During these workshops, children and youth learn how to use a camera and learn how to document life in their village. At the end of the workshops, participants keep the cameras and continue to document their lives and apply the knowledge they gained.
The whole workshop is guided by volunteer and professional photographers, who expose Bedouin children to the world of photography. The workshop is coordinated by Yosra Abu Kaf, a Bedouin film director and NCF project coordinator.
Photography has always been one of the primary and most powerful tools for documentation, especially in terms of human rights abuses. In its fieldwork, the NCF has received numerous requests from girls and boys to hold the cameras and take pictures by themselves. Hence, we decided to provide not only tools but also equipment for the children to tell their story. In this manner, the child turns from being the object that is photographed to a subject that identifies significance in the world around him/her, and gives us a glimpse into his/her reality and point of view.
There was a growing realization over the last couple of years, that photography, as a tool for protest and exposure of violation of human rights, is not only meant for professional photographers. Today, activists and organizations understand that providing basic tools in photography and distribution of cameras, allow people to document their ongoing struggles. In so doing, people can take pictures of their lives, which are usually hidden from the camera. NCF, in cooperation with the Committees of Unrecognized Villages in the Negev-Naqab, as well as Israeli and international photographers, has been running photography workshops for children for several years now. The outcomes of the workshops serve the community’s struggle and are displayed in exhibitions in Israel and abroad.
The amazing outcomes of the photography workshops, displayed in exhibitions throughout the world, allow the viewer to grasp and understand the Negev-Naqab and the persistent struggle of the Bedouin community, through the perspective of the children living there. In addition, we use the images to create our trilingual calendar that includes Muslim, Jewish and Christian holidays, and to raise awareness of the situation in the unrecognized villages.
Umm al-Ḥīrān | August 2015
Rakhamah | December 2014 – January 2015
Khašim Zannih | December 2013 – January 2014
Ṣwāwīn | December 2013 – January 2014
Khašim Zannih | December 2012 – January 2013
as-Sirr | December 2012 – January 2013
al-ʿArāgīb | December 2011 – January 2012
as-Sirrah | December 2011 – January 2012
al-ʿArāgīb | December 2010 – January 2011
Wādi an-Naʿam | June 2010