ABOUT DANIEL MALKA AND THE HEROS FROM THE DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT

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ABOUT DANIEL MALKA and THE DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT

I am so thankful for all the support and emails about my project in Ruka.
If I could get 2$ for all the compliments on my work and photos, the Greenhouse I would like to build for the children of Ruka would be started by now.

I am very touched by all the great words, really.
However this is not about me!

I started this project for the children of this world that do not have the opportunity to express how they feel or how they see. The reason, they are poor and forgotten.

The Daniel Malka Photo Project is not a photography school, it is another NGO trying to put in a grain of sand in the the social injustice that dominates our world.

All I am trying to do, is create a tool for these kids to work, smile, and get all the basic necessities they need and deserve.

I am as new to this as when I processed my first roll of film, full of dreams and waiting for the story to unfold.

I flew to Peru, walked to Ruka, lived like they do, ate what they ate, not because I am a good photographer or because I want to be a hero. I have enough photography awards to cover a wall, and my life has enough happy and dark stories to write a couple of more books.

I flew to Peru and walked to Ruka with 15 kilos of point and shoot cameras on my back, because I am above all a dad and a human being who believes that all the children deserve a chance to make a difference in the future of this fragile world.
I lived in the hard conditions they live in to show them that that we are all the same, that they are not forgotten, they have no Facebook to show you what they see and how they live.

I flew to Peru and walked to Ruka because I have access to Facebook, the internet and other civilized and not so civilized methods of communication.

I made a promise as a man, a dad, a photographer a scientist and above all a human being with empathy and compassion. My promise was to exchange how they see for the help of other human beings in getting them proper nutrition and give them at lest a chance to be a little bit like our own kids.

THE DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT only carries my name because of ridiculous name registration constraints. It’s not about Daniel Malka photographer, It’s about all the Martas, Joses, Abrahams, Jesuses, Eliazars, Yersons, Renes, Oscars, Felicianos photographers who have done better with a 40$ camera than many of us with a 5000$ lens attached to a 5000$ body and many years of photography school.
They came running day after day, after walking one to two hours from school, to hear me, to beg me to use the cameras. They came at sunrise on week ends, after walking the donkeys, they came because I promised them that the other children of the world would know how the children of Ruka live and would see their Story.

So, as much as my colleagues get paid the big bucks to shoot a 100,000$ wedding or an advertising campaign, these kids deserve our help to be able to eat protein and vitamins once in a while for the work they have done with all their hearts, guts, courage and above all talent.

As a man walking around with a Canadian passport, I am a bit ashamed to say that the first donations came from Florida, Peru and other Latin American countries. The website stats show that 80% of the large traffic we get is from Canada. I am also a bit ashamed of all the camera stores in Montreal and Toronto where I spent many thousands of dollars could not supply a used point and shoot camera for the kids.

I hate and I am embarrassed to ask for money, but for these kids, after what I have seen, I could sit at a street corner with a hat and beg.

If we all give a buck or 2, we will at least make a difference for them and help them eat a normal meal and walk with shoes once in a while. They worked for it.

So, I flew to Peru and walked to Ruka to help these children and young photographers. I am only a man with a heart and a bunch of cameras.

So, if you want to help me in helping these kids, as photographers, human beings and citizens of this world, give a buck or two, and pass the word around.
After all, they are the heros.

THEY DESERVE IT !

YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO RUKA HERE You can contribute through PayPal System

You can also do it directly by Bank Transfer to DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT INC. Non Profit Corporation Registered under Canadian Federal Laws and Quebec Provincial Laws RBC Banque Royale 5701 Avenue Monkland Montreal QC H4A 1E7 DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT INC. Att: Luna Malka SUITE 202 460 RUE SAINT-JEAN MONTREAL QUEBEC H2Y2S1 Code Banque/ Bank (RBC) : 003 Code succursale (Transit) : 03901 Numero de compte/ Account Number : 1005073 Swift Code : R O Y C C A T 2 FOR ANY OTHER TYPE OF CONTRIBUTION OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US AT: contact@malkaphotoproject.org

Thank you.

Daniel Malka

“HOW THEY SEE” RUKA, PERU

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From NDG, Montreal, Canada to Ruka, Cusco, Peru

Seven months ago, started the belief and dream that children could express the vision of their “world” through the story telling force of photography.
It was -20 degrees, the frost on the windows was dancing to the rhythm of the early night lights. I sat at Shaika Cafe, 10 to 12 hours a day working on my own photographs and the dream to help poor children by sharing my magical journey as a photographer, giving them the opportunity to work, voice and improve their life conditions through creative expression.

Crazy I thought, ambitious some said, impossible others told, with what money many questioned. My answer, I don’t know. All I knew was that if we all did a little to help, there would be a social change for the better.

At the beginning, I had the support of the most important person of my life, my daughter Luna. I explained that I had the dream to give all the children that I didn’t have, what I had given her.

With the help of my dear friends and former students, The Daniel Malka Photo Project was born.

Very few funds were raised in Canada. I quickly understood that I had to finance the first mission.

Destiny pointed to Peru.

My former students and other friends, found digital point and shoot cameras, helped me structure the NGO. Niki and Rose from Cosmos fed me. Reisa prepared the paper work.

I continued on my path. I had made a commitment, I would respect it at any cost.

I went on walking and shooting from sunrise. I stopped at Niki’s at 6 am to have coffee and our philosophical and spritual conversations. She and Rose pushed me, encouraged me, believed in the project as much as I did.

As Dr. Stan said, go to 5000m altitude if you want to, as long as you do what you love in a place where people love you, you will be more than fine.

Thank you Dr. Stan not only for saving my life but also for your kind and truthful words.

Thank you photography for being once again my most faithful life companion.

So, from Dance Me To The End Of Love, to Alone Together, from NDG to Ruka, the children thank all the ones that supported the project and I also thank destiny and all the ones that fueled it with their disbelief as well as the ones that shot at my feet. Here are some photos of my class of : “HOW THEY SEE”

I am still editing the children’s material.
If you would like to encourage these kids that need warm clothing, medication, shoes, books and to open up to traffic the 2 km trail that climbs to Ruka (3500 meters) in order for supplies to get to them and make less dangerous their 2 hour walk to school every day, please get in touch with us at contact@malkaphotoproject.org

My deepest thanks to these children, parents and community for greeting me like a member of their family.
They shared their food, smiles, hardships, values, culture, friendship, culture and homes with me, day after day.
The living conditions are hard. The cold is such that the hard drives wont function. The diet consists of potatoes, a bit of rice, noodles and Ayuco. Eating meat is a luxury, and it happens rarely. There is no running water.

The children wear cotton hoodies and sandals at close to zero temperatures. Most of them have colds.
Never the less, they smile, never complain and are starving to learn.
On Saturday mornings they would show up at my door at 6 am. Can we start shooting? they would ask.

I have been more then overwhelmed by their smiles, enthousiasm, their passion for the camera and their creative sense.

They are telling us the story of what, where and how Ruka is, their home, their friends, their animals, their family and how they see.

The results: you don’t need a $10,000 camera and a degree to express what you see from the heart, the guts and the soul.

These children have enlightened my life, I thank them on behalf of all of us who share the passion for photography.

Daniel Malka, Cusco Province, October 23rd, 2012

photo by Yerson, 5 years old

Photo de Jose, 12 years old

 

 

Photo de Jose, 12 years old © Copyright 2012 The Daniel Malka Photo Project, all rights reserved

Oscar 8 years old © Copyright 2012 The Daniel Malka Photo Project, all rights reserved


Portrait of sisters by Jose 12 yrs old © Copyright 2012 The Daniel Malka Photo Project, all rights reserved

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DANIEL MALKA INTERVIEWED ON “Chema A Las 10″ RPP, PERU

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We have to all do our part to help children.
A basic education through photography, narration, culture, art, preserving values and the environment.
It can all be done through creative thinking..

I can’t find the words to thank enough the people helping the project, from Canada to Peru, Mexico, Lima and Cusco.
I thank Chema Salcedo, RPP radio and TV Peru, and all the produccion team for helping out in diffusing and helping us help the children.

I am truly overwhelmed by the kindness and commitment of the Peruvian people.
I am more than greatfull to all my friends in Lima and Cusco for all their help and for making me feel so much at home.

The children will thank you forever.

We still need digital cameras¡

Daniel Malka

Provincia de Cuzco, el 6 de Octubre 2012

Daniel Malka Photo Project Interview on RPP Peru

GETTING TO PERU

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It’s been many days, many nights, many emotions, photographs, thoughts, steps and bumps on the road.

I was delayed, but everything happens for a reason.
During these times I discovered the true value of people, family, friends and love.

When you are about to leave on a long journey, you discover the fears and of others and realize that you have none.
Because in the end, life is only about what you believe in with all your heart and your eyes wide open..

Above all, I strenthened the beautiful bond between a daughter and a father. I thank the stars and the angels for that.

In the last months, the sad truth behind my last relationship also appeared. Nevertheless, the love that one offers unconditionally, comes back to him in infinite ways. We are the sum of what we give, not what we take.

As I wrote before, this project is inspired by the sum of my life’s experiences. It separated truth from lies, humanism from ego and selfishness, humility from arrogance, talent from vanity, true love from greed, loneliness from solitude and friendship from interest.

In the end it created bonds of friendship and compassion with unique people, that neither distance or time will ever affect.

So, I’ was delayed yes, but I’m more ready than ever to go on with my task and commitment.

I thank the stars, destiny, my parents, my friend Pietro, Laura, Mariana, Adriano, Yves, my daughter Luna, my new friend Mariana, my friends in Peru and Mexico, and so many other supporters for all their kind words, help, time and for believing in all of this.

I also need to thank Nicky and Rose from Cosmos for being my true family and so much more for the last year. May they be blessed and remain the beatiful people they are. I will miss them every day.

Six months ago I made a commitment.

I am in Peru, a country rich in kindness, compassion, culture and humanism.

The first week has been filled with meetings with contacts, running incredible projects helping children, photographers and friends.
We are all committed in helping and giving the tools and basic necessities to children and their communities in order to create a social improvement and positive change. I will try and do my part through photography.

If we all look in the same direction and do a small part, it will happen.

I am currently working on “HOW THEY SEE”, and at least one other project.

We need to raise $3000 in order to complete the water installation and get other necessities for the children of “HOW THEY SEE”.

If you would like to help with your contribution, please follow the link, donate in kind.

Thank you Peru for opening your arms and heart to our project.

Lima, Peru, October 1st, 2012

THE DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT IN FOCUS INTERVIEW

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Based on an interview by Photo Life Magazine
You can read the full article in the June/July issue of Photo Life Magazine: www.photolife.com

After 20 years of experience in advertising, editorial and fine-art photography, what motivated Daniel Malka to switch his focus to creating and developing this project?

The first thing that comes to my mind is life and passion, the second is a sentence by Albert Camus “Despite appearances, my main occupation has always been love”.
In the last 6 years, my focus has been more on personal projects focused on my humble humanistic approach to aesthetics and social environment.
This new trajectory was set by my first project called VOYAGE, an internal as well as an external analysis one on our basic human values, through a journey in the Moroccan Sahara.
En La Sombra Del Tiempo, in Mexico, is inspired by a love story and the theory that everything hit by light projects a shadow, even time.
A journey through a multicultural, often hidden and forgotten Mexico struggling against corruption and using as their main weapon their sense of culture, kindness and humanism.
My last and ongoing project Dance Me To The End Of Love, is a document, a story of my daily life and vision of close surroundings shot with an old iPhone, in order for the imperfections, colors and style to symbolize a roller coaster of daily emotions and a journey through memories, grief and healing.

The Project is the sum of my life experiences as a photographer, a humanist, a father and a professor

The presence of millions of images on the web, is diluting the ability of creative thinking, the sense of aesthetics and story telling of the next generation. I believe that technology should remain a means to communicate and not a goal. Communication and creativity in the human sense of the word, are key to our survival and well being as compassionate human beings.

My experience as a father, has taught me that by encouraging creative thinking, it opened the doors not only to creativity, but to analysis, aesthetics and understanding in all fields ranging from science to music and art.
My experience as a photography professor to adult students, has opened my eyes on how much resistance can be encountered to a creative process and how thick the walls of the box built by our often outdated education system can be.
Finally, my experience as a man, has taught me that not all that is under the sun, shines.

I am not politically inclined, but I believe naively in social justice, freedom and equality not only between human beings, but all living beings.

I decided to play a part, as small as it may be in creating a small social change, by helping children develop creative thinking and story telling through photography, learn new skills, build a network with no language barriers, and bring awareness from their point on their condition.

The project was developed to teach photography to youth between the ages of seven and fifteen, a critical stage of development, since these children are most at risk of abuse, injustice and poverty. Bringing global awareness from their point of view will also help various NGO’s and encourage private, corporate donors to help these children.


2.What is the most important goal of the project?

It is quite difficult to tag only one single goal as being the most important. It is a complex combination of inter-related elements.
However if I had to pick one, I would say, give all the children of the world an equal right to speech, self-expression that will bring them global notice and get them help through various channels, in in getting education, medical care, food, water, clothing, as well as creating a community of young photographers and story tellers around the globe.

3.How do you choose which local community groups, organizations and NGOs to collaborate with? Can you give an example of how your collaboration with local groups works?

The NGO’s and communities are chosen through referrals, personal contacts and interviews. They are mostly small grass root NGO’s with very low administrative costs, which allows them to distribute the maximum funds possible to the groups they help.
We also look at the type of work they do, and their closeness to the communities we want to work with. We all share the same goal; help children.
For our first project in Peru, we have connected through personal references, people on the ground that have already distributed help to communities in Peru. We based our mission on the needs of these communities that are at every humanistic level. It’s the “How They See” project.


3.How do you choose which local community groups, organizations and NGOs to collaborate with? Can you give an example of how your collaboration with local groups works?

The NGO’s and communities are chosen through referrals, personal contacts and interviews. They are mostly small grass root NGO’s with very low administrative costs, which allows them to distribute the maximum funds possible to the groups they help.
We also look at the type of work they do, and their closeness to the communities we want to work with. We all share the same goal, to help children
For our first project in Peru, we have connected through personal references, people on the ground that have already distributed help to communities in Peru. We based our mission on the needs of these communities that are at every humanistic level. It’s the “How They See” project. The contact is made directly with the community’s leader and the program is explained to the parents. Once on the ground, we meet with the groups for our first direct brief of the program. The parents help, collaboration and contribution is essential.


4.Are representatives from the Daniel Malka Photo Project on the ground at each location to teach/work/etc? Or do they train the local instructors without contact with the children?

Photographers from the countries of origin are recruited on a screening of skills, portfolio, experience, ability to communicate, work with children, experience and rules of ethics.
Daniel Malka trains them on the ground through the whole program, while he is working with the groups. He believes it’s the best way to train participating photographers in order to continue the work in the country and in turn train other photographers wanting a social change.


5.What do you hope to achieve through the exhibitions of the young photographers’ work? Where will the exhibitions be?

The young photographers work will be exhibited in in participating galleries, in their respective countries and around the globe. It will also be exhibited online.
NGO’s participation will be crucial in this process, as the work will help all humanitarian groups helping children globally.
It will help us join our efforts in raising funds by showing the reality that surrounds these children from their point of view.


6.The website mentions income being re-directed back to the communities. Where does this income come from?

The income will come from private, corporate donations, sponsorships and foundations. It will also come from licensing photos, books, as well as Daniel Malka’s current and passed work sales that go entirely to the project since January 2012. Moreover, photo licensing funds will go to the young photographer and family.

7.What kind of response have you had to the initiative (from the youth and local communities, but also from international communities)?

Although the program is very young, the interest shown has been overwhelming at times. We are currently developing contacts in Canada with social workers in order to help various groups of children. We are as active as we can in promoting the project through word of mouth, social networking and interviews like this one. We currently have contacts and open doors in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Kenya, Cameroon, Burundi, Columbia, Spain, Romania and the list is constantly growing. The Project has been very well received in Peru for example by the community leaders and parents of the How They See project.

8.Have there been any surprises or particular challenges encountered in developing the program?

So far the biggest challenge has been raising funds. Having said that, our launch show from March 11 th, online galleries has generated some funds from private donations and Fine Art Photo Sales. It’s only a question of time. The response so far is good and we are currently waiting for answers from various sponsorship requests. Daniel Malka is basically financing the How They See project from his own funds.

Although we are well prepared and structured, we certainly will encounter challenges on the ground, but like any operation or photo production, we are ready to solve issues as they appear.
We are still in the process of building this operation, as any other humanitarian group has told us, it’s not easy, but then again what is.
So far the hard work and dedication of the volunteer team has made everything fall into place. We are confident of the success of the project.


9.What are your goals for the future of the program?

Bring global awareness from the childrens point of view on their condition and environment, in order to help them and enable them to create a social change for them as well as their communities, respecting their cultural identity.
Encourage creative thinking and vision as a form of free expression, education and aesthetics.
Create a network of young photographers documenting from all corners of the globe, their issues, use the power of imagery and new media in order to inform us, from within, on abuse, injustice and poverty.
Unite children in one voice and vision with no language barriers, in order to bring some change and remind us of our basic human values and that we are all responsible, because we can all help one way or another.

Encourage creative thinking and humanitarian actions by the photographers joining us in educating the children and developing the program.

10. How can our readers help support this project? Are there particular guidelines about the types of cameras, memory cards or laptops that you accept? Do you use volunteers for anything ?

All digital cameras are welcome, from point and shoot to to DSLRs. Memory cards, SD or Flash from 1G and up. Laptops,PC or Macs that are able to run Lightroom or Bridge.
We are looking for photographers based in Cameroon, volunteers with NGO experience social networking experts and Fund Raising consultants.
General Volunteers can also send their resume.

USEFUL LINKS TO SUPPORT THE PROJECT:

All the latest info can be found on our website and our Facebook Page
We will need photographers interested in humanitarian missions in the following countries: Mexico, Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Spain, and all provinces in Canada, as new projects emerge constantly.
Please send your resumes trough our Careers Link

To contribute Cameras, funds, or become a friend, sponsorships

Our Current HOW THEY SEE fund raising campaign

For all other detailed information including Universities, NGO’s, Foundations and Press communications
Please contact Laura Carli: lcarli@malkaphotoproject.org

Finally I want to thank all the people, friends and my dear team mates for making all this possible.
Special Thanks to Jenny and Photo Life Magazine.

DANIEL MALKA INTERVIEWED ON PHOTOGRAPHY

EXCERPTS FROMTHE ARTICLE BY THE NDG RACOON

Daniel Malka: professional photographer

For Daniel, photography is a way of life. He instructs his students to dream, sleep, and breathe photography. He considers it the most powerful storytelling device ever created.
“No wonder there is a belief that certain cultures think that a photograph steals a piece of your soul. In a way it’s true. You can immortalize an instant of someone’s life, and that, to me, seems to be the same thing. And with today’s technology, you can get that story out there in seconds.”
Being a freelancer all his life hasn’t been easy. However, photography has allowed him to live, and has elevated him in his darkest moments. It has been his most faithful companion (besides his dog Mona). Daniel has gotten paid substantially to play with what he refers as his “toys,” though he has never technically considered his art to be “work.”
“My first paying photos were for Les Grands Ballet Canadiens.
I was studying Science at the time, working part-time selling cameras…man, every penny I made went back into photography.
I fell in love with the power of telling a story in a fraction of a second, immortalizing time.”
He has taken award-winning photos on two continents, and has had them published on three. His most lucrative ventures have been during contracts for ad agencies, but what he loves most is being spending time with the people.

“I’ve met so many outstanding people through photography. It gives you the ability to connect with your surroundings in a very unique way. And because, as I always say, an image never lies, you know right away who is the good guy and who is the scum bag when you look through the view finder.”
Although I interrupt here to mention various visual deceptions perpetrated by the media, Daniel promptly corrects me. He is not referring to image manipulation. He is talking about photography in its purest form.
“It’s a tool that tells the truth, and should be used to share the beauty in this world whenever and wherever you find it. No, I am no surgeon. I use the tool bluntly and honestly to expose the good and the bad. I am even more passionate today than when I was a teenager. Some people hate me for it, but quite frankly I don’t care, because the ones that do are usually mediocre, maybe not always technically, but in relation to revealing raw emotion. I don’t believe in life without passion. It’s like making love by appointment.”

Daniel loves everything that has to do with photography. Teaching it has been an enlightening element in his life; sharing all of his knowledge and inspiring others is the most gratifying experience as he gets to witness people growing into photographers with his guidance.

“Photography is no different than life. There are decisive moments where you have to choose where you want to go, just like the instant when you decide to press that shutter button. I try to find the passion in my students as well as help develop their creative instincts. Photography is about people, passion, love, simplicity, humanism, and freedom of expression. Most of all, it’s about freedom itself. The professional aspect is a bonus.”

The Daniel Malka Photo Project

“The Daniel Malka Photo Project is the sum of all my experiences, emotions, and greatest beliefs about humanity’s capacity for love, compassion and sharing. Before becoming a photographer, I wanted to be a pediatrician. Children are natural fighters. They have a pure, untamed vision of their surroundings. They love and trust unconditionally…that is until they are hurt, of course. Kids are the most vulnerable in any society, and should be protected from anyone who uses them to satisfy greed or obtain power.

“The project is challenging in the sense that it is addressed to children from ages 7 to 15. We’d like to begin them at 5, but we’ll have to see about the logistics of that. The kids involved will be diverse. From the hidden and forgotten indigenous people of Latin America to the child soldiers in Africa, we want to give them all the tools to document their experiences from the inside out as opposed than the outside in. I believe that helping develop creativity in these kids would give rise to positive critical thinking skills. Also, they will have a tool to be more sensitive, united, and be seen by the rest of the world. Greater exposure would minimize their roles as targets of injustice, war, and delinquency.

“The project will stay alive thanks to photographers who will get on-site training to continue the project. Our team of photographic journalists wants to help change these children’s lives by providing their voices a visual forum. We’re all volunteers who have agreed that every penny raised must be spent directly on the kids.
“The idea is to teach photography, and to design specific assignments based on their needs and problems. They will document and photograph their lives and gain exposure in galleries around the world, and online. This should generate more awareness about the often overlooked conditions of these children, and generate more support for all NGOs. Of course there is a lot to do in Canada as well, and our team will start work here soon.

THE “ONE DOLLAR” FOR “HOW THEY SEE” CAMPAIGN


 
I was always very, very well paid as a photographer to sell dreams. I never knew how hard it would be to get a dollar for sell reality in order to impove the lives of children.
 
TODAY I AM ASKING YOU ALL TO PLEASE GIVE A SINGLE DOLLAR FOR “HOW THEY SEE” and “HOW THEY EAT” AND TO SHARE THIS LINK.
THE CHILDREN WILL THANK YOU. THEY ALREADY DID WITH THEIR PHOTOGRAPHS. YOUR WHOLE DOLLAR GOES ENTIRELY TO BUILD THE CHILDREN’s GRENNHOUSE, SO THEY CAN HAVE SOME VITAMINS AND PROTEIN IN THEIR DIET. THEY DESERVE A DOLLAR FROM EACH OF US FOR THE WORK THEY’VE DONE

On behalf of the children and all the volunteers from THE DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT, THANK YOU ALL.

 
YOUR ONE DOLLAR CONTRIBUTION You can contribute with your credit card through PayPal


 

A PROJECT TO HELP CHILDREN IN THE PRESS

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Un projet photo pour aider les enfants
Publié le 20 mars 2012 par Fannie

Une très belle initiative, le projet photo de Daniel Malka (The Daniel Malka Photo Project) a pour mission d’utiliser des méthodes innovatrices pour enseigner la photographie créative aux enfants âgés de 7 à 15 ans, vivant dans la marginalité. Ces enfants recevront des appareils photo numériques et la théorie nécessaire pour apprendre les bases de la photographie. Ce projet cherche aussi à encourager d’autres projets réalisés partout à travers le monde, en collaborant avec des ONG, des organismes de charité et d’autres organismes communautaires locaux. Cette collaboration permettra la création d’une communauté mondiale de jeunes photographes qui pourront partager leur vision du monde.

L’organisation a été créée à Montréal, par Daniel Malka, diplômé en sciences, photographe, écrivain et professeur. Après 20 ans de travail comme photographe publicitaire, éditorial et d’art, en Europe et en Amérique du Nord, Daniel prit la décision d’orienter son expérience et sa volonté vers l’aide aux enfants de tous les pays du monde, vivant en marge de la société.

THANKS TO PHOTOSOLUTIONS

DANIEL MALKA INTERVIEWED

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DANIEL MALKA INTERVIEWED BY THE NDG RACOON

EXCERPTS FROMTHE ARTICLE BY THE NDG RACOON


The Daniel Malka Project

aims to create an international visual forum upon which children ages 7-15 will publish photographs they have taken of their own lives. So far there are 10 countries who have shown interest (Japan, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Columbia, Uganda, Kenya, Spain, and Romania), an exceptional group of volunteers, and an enormous lack of digital cameras for the young shutterbugs to use. Anyone willing to part with an old (or new) digital camera should either read this article, or scroll down to the bottom to find out where you can drop it off. A buck or two would also go a long way since this worthwhile project depends on private funding.

The origins and political philosophy of Montreal photographer Daniel Malka

Daniel grew up in Montreal in the Côte-des-Neiges, NDG area, attended Baron Byng High School in the mile-end area, and CEGEP in St-Laurent. He studied at Concordia University, and went to grad school in Sherbrooke, and is currently a professor of photography at Dawson College. What he remembers most about his childhood in Montreal is Expo 67, never locking car doors, playing hockey and soccer, and having friends from all walks of life. He also clearly recalls The War Measures act in 71.

What shocks him about today’s Montreal is the number of homeless and untreated mentally-ill in the streets. He sees the excesses of indirect taxes and budget spent on the police force as democratic dictatorship. Citing personal experience, he considers having to pay 700$ for a 54$ unpaid ticket to be a greedy abuse of power. He considers the services offered in exchange for our tax dollars to be scarcer than when he was growing up.
“We never waited 6 hours in a hospital or had no access to a family doctor. There is far more social injustice in today’s Montreal, and less freedom. An oppressed society only means there will be more criminality. ”

Daniel still sees Montreal as a peaceful city to live in, but thinks the recent social changes are definitely not for the best, and that people’s priorities are out of synch with reality.
“I don’t believe in building a pretty, white picket-fence in front of a house just to keep up appearances while everybody in the house is starving. I mean that for households, for sure, but I’m directing that more at governmental policies.”

Daniel is a second generation photographer.
His uncle is a photographer, as well as his world famous cousin Michel Malka. During childhood, he often had a camera in his hand, and learned how images had the power to tell stories and to spark his imagination. At the age of 15, upon discovering Tri-X film, and the magic and mystery of darkroom work, Daniel developed a more serious appreciation for photography.

“The power of capturing a moment and seeing it appear on a sheet of paper a few hours later… my darkroom was the floor of my small bedroom. It was the time of Jean Loup Sieff, Hiro, Avedon, Penn, Sarah Moon and so many other great photographers. It was the time of musical giants like Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Dylan, and Cohen.”

Daniel’s influences and inspiration came from his parents, who taught him about human values, determination, charity, love and social justice. Literature and music reinforced his parent’s guidance. He especially notes the works of Albert Camus, like, The Fall, L’Etranger, The Plague, which, from a young age opened his eyes to the fact
that not everything under the sun shines, and that the plague can hit us at any time.

“Beaudelaire, Flaubert and Rinbaud taught me how to be the romantic that I am.
Losing my parents at a young age taught me that life is too short not to do what I love.
As Camus says, to die is absurd in itself, so, to live without a purpose is even more so.”
That’s why he does what he loves, and loves what he does.
He expresses both the good and the bad conditions he perceives.

“I show the good, to unveil the beauty of human kind. But there needs to be balance in photography, just as in life, so I also show the bad to expose injustice and to create a change for the better.”

Why nomad-at-heart Daniel Malka stays in Montreal

Although he grew up in Montreal, and enjoys the part of NDG where he lives because it is “so real,” Daniel is a nomad at heart.
He has lived elsewhere for almost 17 years.
He spent 10 years in Madrid, and 7 years in Toronto.
He returned to Montreal to be with his daughter, and to attend art school, and he decided to stay because of friends, family, and mainly because of his divorce.

“I had to take care of my daughter who has lived with me for the last 7 years.
There are many things I like about Montreal, as well as many I don’t. Being away for so many years makes me aware of the enormous changes this town has undergone. It’s became a more modern and active city than it was during my youth. However, from the perspective of social conditions, things have gotten much worse.”

Daniel reiterates his feelings about priorities, both at the governmental and household level, where everyone is going into debt to present the appearance of financial success at the cost of long-term security, health, and freedom. He believes that excessive debt leads to levels of intolerable stress that puts the well-being of everyone, especially our future generations, at dire risk.
“That might be a problem with North America in general – the race to compete at any cost. Sure it all looks great from the outside, but I don’t believe this is working anymore.
I’ve traveled enough to learn what corruption is. Here it is tacit – silent and underlying, because no one talks about it, or if they do, they kind of smile nervously like that’s just the way it’s supposed to be, as if just because people seem to be in the same boat, everything is normal. Sometimes people complain, but no one seems to make any important moves.”
Daniel explains that in Latin America, people know about corruption because it’s obvious and it’s part of their daily lives. However people do go to jail for it, unlike here where it is entrenched at almost every political level, and people seem to be more accepting of it as cost for our way of life.

“Heh. After all, freedom always carries a price…but it’s well worth it.
Unfortunately destiny and life sometimes tells you differently.”

Daniel Malka: professional photographer

For Daniel, photography is a way of life. He instructs his students to dream, sleep, and breathe photography. He considers it the most powerful storytelling device ever created.
“No wonder there is a belief that certain cultures think that a photograph steals a piece of your soul. In a way it’s true. You can immortalize an instant of someone’s life, and that, to me, seems to be the same thing. And with today’s technology, you can get that story out there in seconds.”
Being a freelancer all his life hasn’t been easy. However, photography has allowed him to live, and has elevated him in his darkest moments. It has been his most faithful companion (besides his dog Mona). Daniel has gotten paid substantially to play with what he refers as his “toys,” though he has never technically considered his art to be “work.”
“My first paying photos were for Les Grands Ballet Canadiens.
I was studying Science at the time, working part-time selling cameras…man, every penny I made went back into photography.
I fell in love with the power of telling a story in a fraction of a second, immortalizing time.”
He has taken award-winning photos on two continents, and has had them published on three. His most lucrative ventures have been during contracts for ad agencies, but what he loves most is being spending time with the people.

“I’ve met so many outstanding people through photography. It gives you the ability to connect with your surroundings in a very unique way. And because, as I always say, an image never lies, you know right away who is the good guy and who is the scum bag when you look through the view finder.”
Although I interrupt here to mention various visual deceptions perpetrated by the media, Daniel promptly corrects me. He is not referring to image manipulation. He is talking about photography in its purest form.
“It’s a tool that tells the truth, and should be used to share the beauty in this world whenever and wherever you find it. No, I am no surgeon. I use the tool bluntly and honestly to expose the good and the bad. I am even more passionate today than when I was a teenager. Some people hate me for it, but quite frankly I don’t care, because the ones that do are usually mediocre, maybe not always technically, but in relation to revealing raw emotion. I don’t believe in life without passion. It’s like making love by appointment.”

Daniel loves everything that has to do with photography. Teaching it has been an enlightening element in his life; sharing all of his knowledge and inspiring others is the most gratifying experience as he gets to witness people growing into photographers with his guidance.

“Photography is no different than life. There are decisive moments where you have to choose where you want to go, just like the instant when you decide to press that shutter button. I try to find the passion in my students as well as help develop their creative instincts. Photography is about people, passion, love, simplicity, humanism, and freedom of expression. Most of all, it’s about freedom itself. The professional aspect is a bonus.”

The Daniel Malka Photo Project
“The Daniel Malka Photo Project is the sum of all my experiences, emotions, and greatest beliefs about humanity’s capacity for love, compassion and sharing. Before becoming a photographer, I wanted to be a pediatrician. Children are natural fighters. They have a pure, untamed vision of their surroundings. They love and trust unconditionally…that is until they are hurt, of course. Kids are the most vulnerable in any society, and should be protected from anyone who uses them to satisfy greed or obtain power.

“The project is challenging in the sense that it is addressed to children from ages 7 to 15. We’d like to begin them at 5, but we’ll have to see about the logistics of that. The kids involved will be diverse. From the hidden and forgotten indigenous people of Latin America to the child soldiers in Africa, we want to give them all the tools to document their experiences from the inside out as opposed than the outside in. I believe that helping develop creativity in these kids would give rise to positive critical thinking skills. Also, they will have a tool to be more sensitive, united, and be seen by the rest of the world. Greater exposure would minimize their roles as targets of injustice, war, and delinquency.

“The project will stay alive thanks to photographers who will get on-site training to continue the project. Our team of photographic journalists wants to help change these children’s lives by providing their voices a visual forum. We’re all volunteers who have agreed that every penny raised must be spent directly on the kids.
“The idea is to teach photography, and to design specific assignments based on their needs and problems. They will document and photograph their lives and gain exposure in galleries around the world, and online. This should generate more awareness about the often overlooked conditions of these children, and generate more support for all NGOs. Of course there is a lot to do in Canada as well, and our team will start work here soon.

THE DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT LAUNCH

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THE DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT LAUNCH

A great evening and beginning for many more successful ones to follow

As the evening progressed, more and more people came to see the photo exhibition and support the project.

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Old friends, students, visitors, photographers, foundations, people of all trades that believe that creative thinking and photo-documenting from the inside out, from the children’s point of view can help.

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People gave cameras, funds and good wishes, some purchased prints, others donated in kind.

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All with one vision, one goal, make a difference in a kid’s life.

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One of our many projects HOW THEY SEE was unveiled.
It will happen in Peru.

Our goal is to visit three communities, starting with one of 35 children that are in need of clothing, shoes, antibiotics, education and mostly be remembered by the rest of us so other ONGs help them as well. These communities are isolated and far from towns. They are only accessible by foot and by donkey ride.
We are asking you to plesae continue helping The Daniel Malka Photo Project by donating digital cameras, funds, even a dollar or two make a difference.

In the name of the whole team and the children we are going to help, we would like to thank all the ones that came to the launch, and all the ones that keep on supporting us, as well as the ones that will support us in many ways.