On Friday, July 28, wet-plate photographer Shane Balkowitsch worked with philanthropic humanitarian Deb Dawson to have her portrait taken using the wet-plate process.
Dawson is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, businesswoman, teacher, humanitarian and philanthropist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and English and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.
Dawson is the co-founder and executive director of African Soul, American Heart(ASAH), where she leads the organization’s mission to protect, educate and empower orphaned girls from the Republic of South Sudan who would otherwise face a life of forced marriage at puberty, early and dangerous childbirth, illiteracy and poverty, and ongoing civil war.
The final image, “African Soul, American Heart”, will be used as part of the Those Among Us images captured for publication and exhibition.
“Those Among Us: The Human Rights Champions of North Dakota Volume 1” is a multi-disciplinary media project documenting the human rights and social justice champions of North Dakota. Through portrait photographs, essays written by the participants and video interviews capturing discussions about the motivation behind and the importance of their work, this project strives to create a historical record of the important work currently taking place in North Dakota in a compelling and visually creative way. The project features the work of wet-plate photographer Shane Balkowitsch and independent filmmaker Sean Coffman.
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