Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What is the Challenge?

The Great Photography Challenge was conceived on the idea that every individual has the power to record history from his or her own perspective. The Challenge came about by two major events of world history - the death of an author and freedom of a politician. We started this challenge with two questions to our possible historians/photographers. The questions were:

On February 10, 2005, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Arthur Miller died. Miller became famous for Death of A Salesman (1949) and having Marilyn Monroe as his second wife. Where were you five years ago?

On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison in South Africa. It was one of the continent's most unforgettable moments. Where were you twenty years ago?

So, we set off with these two days on February 10 and 11, 2010 for the First Challenge to take 200 photographs of people, events, and places with only two rules: no post-processing like Adobe photoshop and no choreographed poses of subjects.

After the First Challenge, we decided to do a monthly Challenge because many friends missed the first. Also, we could not just shoot and shoot without any specific theme in mind. We added another feature to the Challenge, the monthly theme. We still maintain the two days, 10 and 11 of each month but with a specific theme to shoot.

The Challenge is open to everyone, as in everyone in this world, whether you have photography knowledge or none at all. We want everyone to take photographs with their camera (point & shoot, SLR, digital, film, DSLR, lomo, instamatic).We don't judge photographs. We believe in the eyes of the historian/photographer. It's his/her story that we want the world to see and know.

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