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International Photographer Leads 100+ Photographers to Build Community in Nation’s Capitol
Industry: Non Profit, Arts and Culture
Washington, DC/Atlanta, November 7, 2013, 8:00 am – Cultural awareness and cause-based photographer, Ross Oscar Knight today announced a partnership with Five Talents to support entrepreneurs in developing countries. As part of a Photo Walk, organized by Knight, over 100 photographers from across the U.S. will travel to Washington, D.C. The photographers will combine their skills and passion to photograph the 2-mile stretch of the National Mall. The event will take place November 9, 2013 (9:30 AM to 2 PM) with all proceeds going to support the non-profit organization, Five Talents.
Five Talents’ mission is to fight poverty, create jobs and transform lives by empowering the poor in developing countries through innovative savings and microcredit programs, business training and spiritual development. Since 1999, nearly 500,000 men and women have been positively impacted. Now supporting programs in 11 countries, almost $5 million has been invested with a repayment average of 95%.
Knight is a 2002 Morehouse College graduate and former utility industry Electrical Engineer and Business Consultant. He took a leap of faith in 2007 and left his stable career to pursue photography full-time. Since then, he has traveled to 5 continents and used his documentary images to raise awareness for Autism, Pancreatic Cancer, Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Research. His current fine art exhibit, Beauty in the Face of Destruction, is touring the country to support communities in Haiti affected by the 2010 earthquake.
“The initiative of the KNIGHT Photo Walk is to Build Community Through Photography,” says Knight. “By bringing a positive group of photographers together, I want to foster lasting relationships between photo enthusiasts and encourage them to redefine philanthropy through acts of service to one another and our global community.”
Knight adds, “This has been on my heart to do since 2008. That is when I hosted my first intimate workshop, gathering ten photographers at a coffee shop. I just didn’t have the influence at the time to reach a larger audience. Six years later I am certain it is time for me to help marry the visual stimulus of photographers’ images and the desire for camaraderie, in order to impact the reach of service-based organizations.”
In 2014, Knight is planning to extend his community initiatives to other U.S cities, as well as, internationally to countries such as Rwanda. A community partner will be selected for each photo walk that aligns with the initiative’s mission to build community.
“It is an honor to combine forces with Five Talents on the inaugural Photo Walk in Washington, D.C.”
To learn more about Five Talents, visit: www.fivetalents.org
To learn more about Ross Oscar Knight, visit: www.rossoscarknight.com
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