NOOR Documentary Foundation USA
In 2015, we had the privilege of collaborating with highly accomplished photojournalists, Nina Berman and Jon Lowenstein. We redesigned the website for their great organization, NOOR Documentary Foundation USA.
The foundation is dedicated to conceiving, funding and carrying out intimate and powerful documentary projects about the important social issues of our time. Their mission is to promote, create and display compelling works of documentary photography around issues of human rights and social justice and use these works to encourage dialogue and understanding in the public space. Below are highlights of a two of their projects:
For Israelis, 1948 marks the creation of the State of Israel. For Palestinians, it marks the Nakba (catastrophe), when more than 700,000 Palestinians were forced out of their homes. Today, those 700,000 have exceeded six million. 48 Stories presents 48 personal narratives of 1948-survivors and their descendants. The project combines archival images, documents, text, photographs and video, compiled by six NOOR and six Palestinian photographers. The family stories are brought to life on a geolocation-aware app that confronts the viewer with the stories of dispossession and diaspora. The mobile app reveals the Palestinian history within the streets and landscapes of today's Israel, reclaiming what was taken away over the course of 70 years.
Slavery Uncovered is an exhibition and public presentation around human trafficking and forced labor in the USA. Human trafficking, sexual slavery and forced labor, once thought of as international crimes, are now recognized as serious domestic issues, with thousands of cases reported each year across the USA. In May of 2014, Board members Nina Alvarez, Nina Berman, Jon Lowenstein along with artist Michael Genovese, mounted an exhibition and public presentation at Arts Works projects around the issue of human trafficking and forced labor. Over 100 people were in attendance including several NGOs working on the issue.
Learn more about the foundation by visiting their newly redesigned website: www.noordocumentaryfoundationusa.org