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Beauty for Freedom "Illuminate India" Photography Book

Produced by NYC-Based 501 (c)(3) non-profit Beauty for Freedom, “ILLUMINATE INDIA”, photography book, is a collection of photographs created by young survivors of trafficking and at-risk youth in India that engaged the youth to visualize their community of Kalighat—West Bengal, Kolkata, India (red light district) in an empowered way. During our Beauty for Freedom photography workshop with the youth, we promoted self-esteem and self-expression and “Illuminate” is a reflection of that. 

We are currently raising money for "Illuminate India" so we can gift these beautiful books to students during our Book Tour in the USA and raise awareness about the global crisis of Human Trafficking.

Goal: $30,000 

300 Books at $100/book

Proceeds from the published books will cover costs of the books, provide funds to Kolkata, India based non-profit New Light and our Beauty for Freedom travel abroad arts therapy programming.

About "Illuminate India":

In October 2016, a team of 9 artists from New York City based anti-trafficking non-profit, Beauty for Freedom travelled to Kolkata, India to work with over 100 of New Light Kolkata’s young survivors of human trafficking and at-risk youth to cultivate their hopes and dreams through art, using a Beauty for Freedom workshop series as a tool to empower. Photography workshops taught by Beauty for Freedom, focused on community portraiture. What the children captured were these very personal moments, the innocence of the people of Kalighat. This was juxtaposed to the visibility of the red-light district’s intergenerational horrors of sex trafficking, violence and prostitution. “Illuminate” has a transcendent quality that engages the viewer to see beyond the difficult circumstances surrounding life in Kalighat and leaves us all with a lasting impression that love truly exists in this place and that life is not as polarizing as one might think, given the fact that creativity, culture and pride thrive in Kalighat. The photography students were welcomed into homes and gained entrance into the daily lives of the people of the community because many of the youth were born and raised in Kalighat before moving into New Light’s CRECHE CUM SHELTER located as a permanent structure above a temple situated deep inside the Kalighat red light district. The shelter offers comprehensive care and support to the children ranging from a few months old to sixteen years.  

Beauty for Freedom’s intensive photography program instructed 40 youth ages 9-27 over a 5-day course and yielded over 5000 images. The final collection of images and the “Illuminate” book project , A Photographic Essay of Kalighat through the Eyes of the Children of New Light, is a hauntingly powerful dream-like series of images created by the youth of New Light that speak to the heart. 



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