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I Wanna Take Me a Picture: Teaching Photography and Writing to Children

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Written for parents and teachers, I Wanna Take Me a Picture is an accessible and practical guide to getting children involved in photography. Through a series of lessons-from self-portraiture to representing their dreams-it teaches everything a beginner needs to know: how to compose a picture, set up a darkroom, and develop film.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 17th 2002 by Beacon Press (first published 2001)
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Jun 13, 2011 Ellie rated it really liked it
I'd say that this is more of a memoir than a how-to book for teaching photography to disadvantaged kids. The author is an important name in the history of the participatory photography movement and shares her philosophy & experience in that, along with a very brief description of her teaching process.

Ultimately, the book helps not with methodological insight (for that, see Getty Museum's online publications), but with the feeling that there's nothing too technical or methodologically compli
May 28, 2009 Jenell rated it it was amazing
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This book is just incredible. The author works with disadvantaged and at-risk children from all over the world. Her photography classes include many technical aspects of photography but all arising from the students' experience. She has them photograph and write about their lives. It reinforces my belief that children have passions and deeper thoughts about the world that often remain secondary to standard curriculum and adult motives. But, by engaging these passions, the child can have a more i ...more
Jul 11, 2009 Amber rated it it was amazing
Written by the well-respected photography educator, Wendy Ewald, this book is a fascinating look into the power of photography & literacy programs to help children explore and express their identities, values, and dreams while developing their self-esteem, critical thinking skills, and capacity for empathy. Though I couldn't help but miss my Salvadoran photography students while reading this book, I consider it a truly inspiring resource that I will continue to reference.
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Jun 15, 2012 Linda Dextre rated it it was amazing
Wendy is an inspiration. I've used her methods with yearbook club and in the classroom for poetry projects. Her book was the source of inspiration for a week-long literacy exploration at NCCAT through Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. She shares a passion for life through the lens of a camera and the magic of expression through printed images. LOVE her and her work.
May 08, 2009 Anda rated it it was ok
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I really really found a couple chapters useful and well-written. The lesson plans alone are why this book merits any stars at all. The in-between was a lot of fluff and such.
Jul 15, 2013 Stacy rated it liked it
Like the idea of teaching kids how to take pictures and incorporate it with writing. Great way to motivate kids to be creative and learn about photography.
Oct 23, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
If you want to truly understand Literacy Through Photography,this is a must read!
Oct 30, 2008 Jane rated it liked it
Read for LTP at TTP, fall 05. Pairs well with the documentary "Born into Brothels."
Jul 02, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
The power of art demonstrated.
Daniela Scrima
Dec 14, 2011 Daniela Scrima rated it it was amazing
Such an inspiring book.
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Wendy Ewald (born in 1951) is an American photographer and educator.

Wendy Ewald was born in Detroit, Michigan, graduated from Abbot Academy in 1969 and attended Antioch College between 1969–74, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied photography with Minor White. She embarked on a career teaching photography to children and young people internationally. In 1969 &
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