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Shootback: Photos by Kids from the Nairobi Slums [Hardcover]

Runyon Hall , Lana Wong , Karen Wong
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Book Description

1999
Photographer Lana Wong first visited Mathare, Nairobi's largest slum, in January 1995. Two years later she launched Shootback, a project that put basic point-and-shoot cameras in the hands of 32 teenage boys and girls from slum families. This work is the result: powerful images and writings plus an introductory essay by Lana which paints the backdrop for the first time visitor. The book, a collage of pictures and words, takes the reader into the slum without the mediation of the foreign photographer's eye. The photographs speak eloquently of friends, family, football fever and the harsh realities of everyday life in the slums. Like the Shootback project itself, the book is backed by the Ford Foundation, Netherlands Development Assistance (NEDA) and the Stromme Memorial Foundation (Norway).

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Booth-Clibborn Editions; First Edition edition (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861541325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861541321
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,401,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The minute I received a copy of this book, I could not put it down before I went through the whole book. The picutres are wonderful, ordinary and funny. It was wonderful to read the short notes from the children who were able to describe their lives so well. Back in my mind I could not help thinking about how much they suffer and what a hard life they have. Inspite of all this, its wonderful that children's dreams are the same all over the whole world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shootback: candid, challenging and inspiring 22 Mar 2000
By Owen Willis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having myself written academically on Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA), the organization out of which this initiative originated, I am thrilled that Shootback: Photos by Kids from the Nairobi Slums has appeared on the North American website of amazon.com. This is an absorbing and thought-provoking book that challenges the way we (North Americans) view the world. A lot of hard work has gone into this labor of love by Lana Wong and her brave band of photographers, and it shows.
MYSA, by anyone's standards, is a remarkable organization, and this is a remarkable book. Seldom is the dictum: "A picture is worth a thousand words" more appropriate. Shootback provides a candid window into hard places and hard times, but never loses hope, because it is framed through the eyes and described in the words of young people. The book is far more than the sum total of its photographs. Rarely do slum dwellers -- even less the children of the slum -- get to tell us the story of their lives and communities. Shootback therefore provides an insider's view of a slum community with all its energy and resilience. I heartily recommend a wonderful book. Prepare to be both troubled and inspired!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible sana 28 May 2000
By Molly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Shootback is an awesome book. I spent the last 5 months in Kenya going to school and it is the only way that one can truely understand the horrors of the slums of a third world country. These kids who live there are being given an oppertunity that they never would have gotten otherwise. They get the chance to share with the world and reach people who might be able to make a difference for them. This is no ordinary touristy book about the incredible country of Kenya, this shows the way that many of it's people live. Shootback shares the inside of the slums like nothing else. A normal tourist couldn't go there, let alone bring a camera there. I want to say thanks to the author and creator of the Shootback ministry. You help people see the real side of Kenya.
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By Absolut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lana Wong has done a great job of putting together a remarkable collection of some of the best adolescent photography the world has seen. Not only are the photos an accurate portrayal of the desperate lives thesechildren and thier families lead, but they are full of expression. The MYSA Shootback project has helped these children find talemts they never expected they had, or never had the opportuniy to nurture. Lana Wong has done a beautiful thing for so many people, if you are interested in africa and photography, this book is a must.
2.0 out of 5 stars SureShot 10 April 2003
By Absolut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lana Wong has done a great job of putting together a remarkable collection of some of the best adolescent photography the world has seen. Not only are the photos an accurate portrayal of the desperate lives thesechildren and thier families lead, but they are full of expression. The MYSA Shootback project has helped these children find talemts they never expected they had, or never had the opportuniy to nurture. Lana Wong has done a beautiful thing for so many people, if you are interested in africa and photography, this book is a must.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and eye-opening book! 18 Dec 2011
By S. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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I first saw this book while I lived in Kenya and I thought it was a great pictorial of life in the slums of Narobi, as I witnessed first-hand.
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