Meet the Facilitator: Josh Meltzer
Josh Meltzer is an award-winning American photojournalist, with more than ten years of experience in his field. Josh has won several awards for his work; he was the National Press Photographers Association’s 2006 Photographer of the Year, and also received first prize from Pictures of the Year International for his documentary work, first prize Casey Medal for multimedia, and the community service award from the Virginia Press Association. In 2008, he received a Fulbright Grant from the US State Department to live and work in Guadalajara, Mexico for one year, where he partnered with Listen to my Pictures. He currently serves as a professional-in-residence at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY.
About the Project
The Guadalajara project started in 2008 with 15 teenagers involved with CODENI, an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of Jalisco’s most vulnerable and marginalized children. They spent the following months documenting their lives with photographs, meeting with professional volunteers and critiquing their work on a weekly basis. The group displayed their work in a local gallery exhibition in the spring of 2009.