Jean Bizimana is a Rwandan photographer who learned this art from Through The Eyes of the Children, an organization that teaches photography to children in vulnerable communities. He became part of the organization at a very young age when he was still living at the orphanage in Rwanda, the place where he grew up. Following his training with Through the Eyes of Children, Jean Bizimana attended other professional photography workshops to improve his skills. His passion for photography droves him to pour all of his efforts into the art and made it his career.
Jean Bizimana’s photos helped pay for his education and for the education of some of the kids he grew up with in the orphanage. In addition, the income from the photos supported the orphanages in purchasing food and clothing for the kids.
After graduating from University, Jean Bizimana chose to focus his career into documentary photojournalism so as to be able to highlight some of the social issues his was seeing in his home country, Rwanda. Jean Bizimana has extended his photography services to other countries. He has taught photography to various under privileged kids in refugee camps and Foster Care systems in countries such as Haiti, the United States and Nepal.
For Jean Bizimana, photography has taught him that in life, people will always be in disagreements and differences. However, these disagreements and differences should not be an excuse for continued hatred or conflicts among people.
I am a Kigali/Rwanda based photographer. Available on international assignments.
2019 - Eric Beecroft Golden Scarf Award
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