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Photographers to call attention to Americas poverty problem

on Thursday,November 05,2009 21:11

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As the country slowly emerges from an economic recession that has seen unemployment rates rise to a 26-year high of 9.8 percent, a group of charities have partnered with several talented photojournalists to capture the image of modern American destitution as part of a new poverty awareness campaign called AmericanPoverty.org.

The photographers, collectively referred to as In Our Backyard, hope to inspire awareness and action through images capturing the monetary struggle facing nearly 47.4 million American citizens.

"Our photographs show that deep poverty isn''t an abstract idea, isolated to the Third World," says project director and veteran photojournalist Steve Liss. "The face of poverty is right here in the U.S., it''s in our workplaces, our neighborhoods, right in our back yard."

In addition to hosting a series of exhibits across the country to showcase their work and broadcast their message, AmericanPoverty.org will also offer a summer grant program for student photographers.

According to Liss, the goal of the project is the inspire the next generation of photojournalists to embrace activism and forge social change.
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