Picturing Change: The Photographers

Introducing the photographers of Picturing Change,a participatory photo project featuring images captured by Bangalore’s anganwadi workers. You can read an introduction to this project here. These five women first received digital cameras in July,after which professional photographer Greeshma Patel and Fulbright scholar Mathangi Subramanian trained them in photography and visual storytelling.

GEETHA joined Binnmangala in February 2010. Prior to being a worker, she worked in computer embroidery. Her photos focus on the health services provided by anganwadi workers, including
immunizations, regular check ups, and supplementary nutrition.

SUJATHA joined Domlur in July of 2012. Prior to being a worker, she taught UKG and LKG at a private school. She recently completed ICDS’s new worker training. Her photos focus on preschool education and malnutrition. She is also captured in a number of photographs taken by Yashoda, which show Sujatha conducting class, administering government schemes, and working with area mothers.

SUMITRA joined Kodihalli in March of 1996. Under her watch, the anganwadi moved from a small rented room to a spacious center in a government school. She has received numerous trainings from
ICDS. Her photos focus on preschool education and community work, both of which she excels at. She chose preschool because she believes that few people understand the quality of education provided in anganwadis, and she thinks more should be aware of this service.

VARALAKSHMI joined Kodihalli Quarters in August of 2011. She recently completed ICDS’s new
worker training. Her photos focus on home visiting in area slums, something anganwadi workers are required to do daily after nonformal preschool and the midday meal. Varalakshmi’s anganwadi is only three years old, so she has invested time and energy into building relationships within her new community.

YASHODA joined Jeevanbhimanagar in August of 2011. She has a B.Ed. and a Montessori certificate,and previously was a volunteer teacher in a private school. Yashoda volunteered to take photos of the other workers in action, and so they cover a wide variety of issue areas, ranging from preschool education to home visiting to community work to forms and meetings. She is a staunch educational advocate for her students and their families.

Keep watching this space to know more on how photography changed lives of these women.

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