Being “We the People:” Views from Afghanistan and America

In Partnership with the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia

January 12, 2013 - July 30, 2013
Terminal A-East Baggage Claim
(open to the public)

 
In 2009, students from Constitution High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and students from Marefat High School in Kabul, Afghanistan embarked on a project to document their lives through photography. The students were provided digital cameras and photographic training to capture what being “We the People” means to them and their communities.  Guided by themes drawn from the Preamble of the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the students were able to interpret being “We the People” through the creative process of photography.  For the students from Philadelphia and Kabul, the project was a chance to present themselves and their homelands to the world.
 
The students took thousands of photographs. And, when the images were compared, the students found shocking contrasts and striking similarities.
 
The photos on display were chosen and paired by the participating students.