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Life through the Lens Participatory Photography Project in India

The Life through the Lens Participatory Photography Project is organised by the UK registered charity Basti Ram (No:[masked]).

We want to arrange a meet up to come talk more about the project. Why not come meet other Londoners interested in photography and the team behind the project!

Life through the Lens was developed to give young people from a developing country the chance to show their lives to the world in an honest and uplifting way. Too often we see ‘poor’ people’s lives through the eyes of Western photographers who, even with the best of intentions, are often biased in the way they see. Too often, poverty looks hopeless and defeated. This project aims to offer a new perspective. It strives to demonstrate that young people living in deprived circumstances can have strength and passion for their surroundings and their lives. In the images the boys create, they depict their own lives and interests, and enhance them with their own written observations

Our Life through the Lens projects are 2 weeks in length. They combine teaching village primary school children with running photography workshops for boys living in a destitute children's home in India. To note there is a fee for this trip. We are currently recruiting more volunteers for the Diwali project 28th October to the 11th November 2013 but they do run each year.

Volunteers must have some knowledge/qualification of photography and enjoy working with children.

Take a look at our blog to know more about the project:

If you haven't already seen it, the link for a video made by one of our previous volunteers for the 2011 photography project can be viewed here,

Also don't forget to like our Facebook page and follow our Twitter page at for all the latest updates.

If you have any questions or would like to request more information and an application form then please email me at [masked]

Thank You,
Rachel Stovold
Email: rachel.bastiram@gmail

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  • Natan

    Looking forward to applying my photographic skills and developing the photojournalistic ones.

    July 29, 2013

  • pj

    will be away but would like to find out more

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Think I saw a documentary on this...was fantastic

    1 · July 9, 2013

    • Tabitha R.

      Great! Where did you see that?

      July 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Here is the link to the DVD. I saw it in the US a few years ago.­

      July 19, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time from Friday, August 02, 2013 at 6:00 PM to Thursday, August 01, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    July 9, 2013

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