For Immediate Release

New Exhibition Opens November 17, 2011: Shooting for Peace: Youth Behind the Lens

“[The children’s work] will touch your eyes and souls in a profound way.”
– Vista al Sur (Colombian film/photography magazine)

(Cambridge, October 20, 2011) The young Colombian photographers’ images have graced the walls of the U.N. General Assembly Building and the National Geographic Society, but for the children, the exhibits in their own communities are the most meaningful. Over the past ten years, the Shooting Cameras for Peace program has been teaching children of families who have fled violence and poverty in the Colombian countryside how to use photographs to explore and express their own identities within their new communities.

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology presents a new exhibition, Shooting for Peace: Youth Behind the Lens. The exhibition opens Thursday November 17, 2011 from 5–7 PM, and will remain on view through May 31, 2012.

Colombia is one of several sites worldwide where two non-profit groups, Shooting Cameras for Peace and the AjA Project, connect cameras with children whose families have been displaced by violence or economic strife. The exhibition reveals the children’s world as they see it—creating pinhole images, playful experiments with mirrors, and photo letters—and how they exhibited it in their new hometowns.

About the Peabody Museum
The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. It is home to superb materials from Africa, ancient Europe, North America, Mesoamerica, Oceania, and South America in particular. In addition to its archaeological and ethnographic holdings, the Museum’s photographic archives, one of the largest of its kind, hold more than 500,000 historical photographs, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and chronicling anthropology, archaeology, and world culture.

Hours and location: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., seven days a week. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for children, 3–18. Free with Harvard ID or Museum membership. The Museum is free to Massachusetts residents Sundays, 9 A.M. to noon, year round, and Wednesdays from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. (September to May). Admission includes admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. For more information call 617-496-1027 or go online to: The Peabody Museum is located at 11 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Museum is a short walk from the Harvard Square MBTA station.


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Media Contact:

Faith Sutter
Communications Coordinator
Peabody Museum
Tel: 617-495-3397

High resolution images available on request.

Jazmin teaching. Photo by Shooting Cameras for Peace staffer Ximena Vargas, Colombia. Courtesy Shooting Cameras for Peace.
Where: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
When: Free Opening and Reception 5-7 PM, November 17, 2011. Exhibition runs through May 31, 2012.
Public Information: 617-496-1027 or