Diana Nazareth FOUNDER & HEAD INSTRUCTOR
Diana Nazareth is a teaching artist, working photographer and founder of Project Kids & Cameras. Her photography programs for kids are informed by an extensive study of key progressive methods such a Literacy Through Photography, PhotoVoice and Visual Thinking Strategies and she has facilitated several photography workshops for schools, community art centres, libraries and community-engagement initiatives throughout the Greater Toronto Area. She received her B.A. in Communications/Photojournalism from Temple University, and her Teaching Artist Certification from The University of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA. She lives in Toronto, a city she loves, with her husband and two teenage boys.
Kelly Lui ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
At any point, you can probably find Kelly with a camera in hand. She resonates with both photography and film as an active medium and accessible space to reclaim archive and documentation. She is a graduate from the Masters of Environmental Studies program at York University with research on placemaking, spaces of intimacy, citizenship and storytelling through food. She's also a the programming coordinator for the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival where she gets to preview hundreds of short film submissions from all over the world. Kelly designed and will be the lead instructor of our new Digital Storytelling for Kids program in 2019! Her favourite food is any kind of noodle soup.
Aniqa Rahman ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
Aniqa Rahman is a freelance community photographer who specializes in capturing Toronto community arts events. As an emerging artist/photographer, community arts programming has been an integral part of her identity. She has a BA of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate of Interactive Media Management at Centennial College. She has been immersed in the Arts since 2013, and has participated in numerous programs such as East Music and Project Management with Scarborough Arts, We are Lawrence Avenue with Cultural Hotspot, UforChange photography classes, Collecting Personal Archives by Truth & Dare Project, and Behind the Dust by This Is WorldTown.
Henry VanderSpek GUEST INSTRUCTOR
Henry VanderSpek is a documentary and art photographer based in Toronto. Working with refugees at Toronto’s Matthew House and with WorldVision in Canada and East Africa helped to shape Henry’s commitment to social justice and his love of vibrant cultural expression. In 2013 he went on assignment in Uganda with PhotographersWithout Borders. His "Taxi Drivers of Toronto" photo-documentary series, exhibited in the 2017 Contact Photo Festival, was listed as a "must see" by Toronto's Now weekly newspaper. Henry's images have been recognized with awards by Vistek, Ryerson University, and Toronto Parks, Forestry, and Recreation and published on TheGlobeandMail.com, CNN.com, in Photo Ed and Photo Life magazines, and several Canadian newspapers. He has a certificate in Photography Studies from Ryerson University’s Chang School and lives in East York with his wife Suzi and their three children. culturesnap.ca @culturesnap