"As I observed almost four years ago about Project Lives—the book of photographic self-portrayals by New York public housing residents, with imagery intertwining revelatory text—it is always inspiring to see the scorned and disenfranchised take control of their lives. Now comes the book and documentary Second Chance Lives about cameras turned over to the city's probationers, the latest effort by the non-profit Seeing for Ourselves.

     

    Once again, we recognize how connected we all remain.

     

    Once again, the photographs open our eyes and warm our hearts.

     

    Once again, our concerns for social justice broaden and deepen."                

                                

                                                              --NOAM CHOMSKY

    Project Lives, 2013

     Upholding universal values and the common ground beneath our feet

     

    No one benefits from looking down on those less fortunate.  Yet this behavior ensnares

    so many of us from time to time—possibly a hard-wired tendency of humanity.

     

    But why not encourage, as a great president termed it, the better angels of our nature?  Seeing for Ourselves  aims to reduce perceived differences among us and

    promote solidarity with others riding this blue planet.

     

    Providing the tools, training, and global outreach to those marginalized in our image-dominated culture so they take charge of their own public narrative forms our mission.

    Project Lives, 2012

    Second Chance Lives (working title), 2019

    Second Chance Lives (working title), 2019

    Our work has served:

    2.6 million American

    housing project residents

    3.6 million Americans

    serving a probation term

    Hunter East Harlem Gallery February 2016: Project Lives
        Hunter East Harlem Gallery March 2019: NeON Photography

    For additional information please contact:  Seeing for Ourselves  |  info@projectlivesbook.com

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