Photo journal

"This workshop taught me to catch the moment" - Yevgenia Shirkina

© UNICEF Russian Federation/2007/Alyona Svirid
Yevgenia Shirkina on photography assignment in Red Square, Moscow.

UNICEF and Perspectiva organize a photography workshop for children with disabilities

Take a look at their photo journal :Children with disabilities capture colours of Moscow

With a growing economy, thanks in large part to the country's abundant natural resources, Russia is now a place of opportunity. Not for everyone, however. Children with disabilities are still trying to find a better place in their society. UNICEF and its Russian partner, Perspectiva, is trying to bring inclusive education for children with disabilities to the top of the social agenda in Russia today.

From May 21 to May 25, UNICEF and Perspectiva organised a photography workshop for children with disabilities. Twenty children participated in the project. Half of them had disabilities that ranged from a boy confined to a wheelchair, a young girl who was born without arms, a young girl with impaired hearing, and a girl with Down's syndrome. Each disabled child was paired with a child without disabilities.

"It's always been my dream to learn photography," said Yevgenia, who was paired with Katya Sharygina, 14. "It's very interesting and maybe I'll become a photographer some day.''

Before the children began to spread out across Moscow in hopes of immortalising their impressions of the Russian capital, they spent two days studying the basic principles of photography under the close and attentive eye of UNICEF photographer, Giacomo Pirozzi. While the children were uncertain and coy on the first two days, by day three, when they got their marching orders to begin shooting with their digital cameras, the enthusiasm came bursting out.