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THE CHILDREN OF 
TACLOBAN
− 100 CAMERAS FOR 100 CHILDREN


OUTDOOR-EXHIBITION AT THE DEICHTORHALLEN-SQUARE
JULY 8 − AUGUST 31, 2014


From July 8 to August 31, 2014 photography will be shown at the Deichtorhallen-square for the first time. The outdoor-exhibition »The Children of Tacloban Kinder von Tacloban − 100 Cameras for 100 Children« presents pictures by children and young people from the Philippine city of Tacloban, capturing their impressions of everyday life after the devastating hit by the typhoon »Haiyan«. The exhibition, which was realised in cooperation with CEWE and NDR Television, relates to a long-time project by ARD-Television correspondent Philipp Abresch, who has been handing out one-way photocameras in conflict areas for nearly 15 years.

»Haiyan« announced itself with a light wind, merely a breeze. In November of 2013, the typhoon hit the Visayas, a group of Philippine islands. In short time »Haiyan« had become one of the most fierce whirlwinds of all time. Those who survived its impact, later described the thundering storm as ear-shattering as a passing jumbo jet. Especially the coastal city of Tacloban was affected: A tidal wave shot through the streets, houses were collapsing. The blast swept roofs, stones and wooden splinters like projectiles through the streets. To this day the splinters remain stuck deep in the palm trunks, impossible to pull out with bare hands. On this day in November, nearly 6.000 people lost their lives in Tacloban.

TV correspondent Philipp Abresch reports about the catastrophe from the first day. He and his team return to the destroyed city several times. Abresch covers the typhoons aftermath for germanys leading news broadcasts Tagesschau, Tagesthemen and the ARD-Weltspiegel. Er informiert für die Tagesschau, die Tagesthemen und den ARD-Weltspiegel über die Folgen des Taifuns. But how do the people of Tacloban cope with everyday life amindst the state of emergency? A month after the typhoon, Philipp Abresch tries an experiment: He hands out 100 one-way photocameras to children and young people. The young photographers are asked to capture, what is important to them and what they would like to share with others.

Almost 4.000 pictures were made in Tacloban: snapshots, capturing daily life in the ruins, showing the city slowly coming back to life again; pictures, sometimes both sad and frightening. But more than often full of energy, humour and lust for life. Curated by Ingo Taubhorn, a selection of 40 of these pictures can been seen in the outdoor-exhibition at Deichtorhallen Hamburg.  

The pictures by the children and young people of Tacloban hold their very own appealing aesthetic. They are sometimes wiggly, stiff and amateurish, for many of the young photographers have never held a camera in their lifetime. They are giving it a try and therefore are experimenting − exhilarated by the the idea to create something that will last. Endlessly proud to make themselves heard!

PHOTOS OF HOPE

Since nearly 15 years, Philipp Abresch organizes projects with one-way photocameras. His activities lead to the fault lines of our society, to areas of conflict and war − Kosovo, Syria, Iraque − into the wideness of the Sahara and the thickness of the rainforest in south-east asia as well as the poverty of suburban cities. The idea: Helping to give a voice to young people with the help of photography. Abresch calls his project »Photos of Hope«. By now, the body of work covers ten thousands of photos from over 50 countries.