Pictures by the Children of Kuujjuaq
The Northern Lights project is an expressive and self-awareness artistic process using photography, allowing the youth of Kuujjuaq to communicate with the world. The book was created by Ms. Hannah Gordon, Kuujjuaq resident and Romain Briard, a photographer from Montreal.
Kujjuaq is a vibrant community located in Nunavik, northern part of Quebec, Canada. It has a population of 2375 people (2011).
The project was launched in the summer of 2009. During a three-week period in July, a total 133 children aged 4 to 17 participated in the photography project. They were guided by two Montreal photographers Iva Zimova and Jean-Charles Hubert, along with logistical and moral support provided by Suzanne Bourdon, photographer of the partnership le Rapprochement.
During the project, the children took over 6000 photographs, with great enthusiasm of their community following two principal themes: their natural and human environment.
Every day that the kids participated in the project, they were provided with a digital SLR camera and given minimal technical and composition guidelines. But most importantly, they were asked to: “Go out, explore, experiment and have fun!“ in photographing their surroundings and the things that mattered to them.This process yielded amazing and surprising images, highlighting the children’s artistic freedom and their fresh outlook on their daily lives in Kuujjuaq.
This book is the result of the project. Each child has at least one picture published. The pictures are published without any alterations or re-cropping in order to respect the vision of the children.
- Author : Hannah Gordon & Romain Briard
- 198 pages
- Format: Hard Cover
- Language : English, French & Inuktitut
- Dimensions : 21.2 x 24.6 x 2.4 cm/8.3''x 9.68''x 0.94''