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My name is Kristin Bedford and I am a social justice photographer. I want to attend Duke University to get an MFA in Documentary Arts and I need your help to make that happen!
THE WORK I DO
My photos tell the stories of people who are overlooked by society and communities whose civil rights are in jeopardy. I live and work in Los Angeles where I photograph issues around homelessness, immigration, gay rights and labor rights. I believe that art can be used as a tool for social change.
I have been taking photos my whole life. When I was a child my late father, Chris Bedford, gave me a camera and I immediately took to the medium. He exposed me to the work of such early photographers as Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange. Through their work I saw that art and social documentation could be one in the same. I carry this tradition with me every time I pick up a camera.
I dream of a time when I can have the resources to refine my craft and to delve more deeply into photographing the social issues I am so passionate about. The good news…this Fall I can make this a reality by attending Duke University to get an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts!
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
I have part of my tuition for Duke University covered but I must raise the remaining amount in order to attend. I need a "village" to come together and make this happen. If you can donate to my cause I believe my dream can be realized.
I must raise these funds by July 1, 2012, so anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated!
WHERE WILL THE DONATIONS GO?
100% of your giving will go towards my tuition. The $16,000 I hope to raise will cover the remaining cost of all my classes.
Your donation is much more than helping pay for my education...it is also an investment in future documentary work that looks at critical social justice issues.
I want to express my thanks for your contribution with a number of handmade gifts. Whether through original photo postcards that I will mail to you on my drive across the country, to prints of my work, to an amazing meal, I want to thank you! Please explore my Perk List to the right.
CAN’T SWING THE CASH? YOU CAN STILL HELP ME OUT!
If you aren’t able to make a monetary donation you can still help me by spreading the word! Please share this link with your friends, neighbors, aunts, uncles, grandparents, co-workers, the guy or gal you have a crush on, folks on Facebook, really anyone you feel could give to my cause.
Whether you believe in the power of art & activism, or you like my work, or you simply want to support me, I hope you can contribute to my future. Thank you for your time and generosity!