Two new members were also welcomed to YA/YA's Board of Directors this past quarter: Hal Clark, a host/producer of WYLD-FM's Sunday Journal and Executive Associate of the Chancellor at Southern University of New Orleans; and Jim Belfon, a New York City-based photographer and founder of The Photographic Center of Harlem, who relocated to New Orleans in August 2006 and established the Gulf South Photography Project.
Jim Belfon is a New York City-based professional photographer of Caribbean descent.
Over the past 35 years, Jim
has studied, worked with and been mentored by several distinguished photographers and graphic designers, including Richard Avedon, Alexi Brotovitch, Bruce Davidson and Gordon Parks.
Eighteen years ago, Jim founded The Photographic Center of Harlem (PCH), a full service photographic learning environment for children, young adults and senior citizens.
PCH is the natural outgrowth of teaching photography to children and senior citizens at Harlem School of The Arts, where he served as artist-in-residence from 1986 to 1988.
PCH's students have participated in more than 60 major exhibitions in museums, galleries and other public and community spaces.
More than 100 of PCH's participants have established impressive careers within the communications industry.
Not satisfied with merely making financial contributions to families impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, in December 2005, Jim
visited Baton Rouge and New Orleans to contribute his
photographic skills to the region's recovery efforts.
brought a portable portrait studio and professional printer and several professional cameras and proceeded to hold a series of photography workshops and free individual and family portrait sessions at several churches, community centers, trailer parks, and homes.
has provided photography workshops for more than 120 students in Louisiana.
Along with his
students and interns, Jim
has produced and delivered multiple prints of nearly 500 individual and family portraits.
After several return trips to New Orleans, in April 2006, Jim relocated to the city and established the Gulf South Photography Project (GSPP).
With the support of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation
(LDRF) and St. Luke's Episcopal Church's
Coming Home Center, Jim
is able to more effectively expand GSPP's workshops and portraits program, serving New Orleans and several rural communities throughout Louisiana that were impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.