Updated 05/29/2012 12:51 PM
Harlem Display Shows Faces Of Gun Violence Victims
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A photography exhibit in Harlem is casting light on the impact of gun violence on residents in the neighborhood.
Large black and white portraits of people who have been affected by gun violence line the walls outside the Minisink Townhouse in Central Harlem.
The work is part of the Inside Out Project, a global art initiative that partnered with the New York City Mission Society and the gun violence prevention program known as "Operation SNUG".
Together, they hope to raise awareness about the issue in an effort to reduce crime.
"If they shoot, and they don't know who they are shooting at, and they see us young kids outside of Minisink Townhouse, they'll think twice about shooting," said Sixth Grader Christian Houston.
"We're not saying that we can stop all the violence, but if we can have a concentration in our target area and reduce it, that's what we need to do," said Karim Chapman of SNUG NYC.
Nearly 80,000 people in 100 countries are taking part in the project and feature photos taken by students from the Tribeca Film Institute.
"It made sense for our curriculum to bring in still photography, to slow things up a bit, and get the kids to reflect, to look at pictures, talk to the person on the other side of the camera, so it worked really nicely," said Tribeca Film Institute Education Director Vee Bravo.
"Maybe thinking about the value of a person or persons life, kind of opposed to just shooting someone," said Student Photographer Langston Sanchez.
"We've seen that people have really been able to draw attention to issues that really matter to them by taking these pictures of their own community and displaying them publicly," said Virginia Cromie of the Inside Out Project.
The photos will be on display outside the townhouse all summer long.