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19 September 2020

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 362nd in our series of Saturday matinees today: What is Las Fotos Project?.

Founded in 2010 by Los Angeles-based photographer Eric V. Ibarra, Las Fotos Project engages teenage girls in a creative practice that builds self-confidence, promotes their well-being and encourages personal expression.

It's mission is "to elevate the voices of teenage girls from communities of color through photography and mentoring, empowering them to channel their creativity for the benefit of themselves, their community and future careers."

And these girls in Central, South and East Los Angeles have a lot to say in this two-minute clip. We hear from a handful of them as they describe what the program has meant to them.

A lot.

The details vary with each participant but they all exhibit an obvious joy as they talk about taking photographs.

The program isn't just teaching the basics and mentoring the young adults. There are also exhibitions and an annual awards program, The Foto Awards, which this year will be held online from Oct. 23 to 25.

The awards celebration will feature three days of virtual events that include a silent auction, music and conversations with photography innovators, community advocates and entrepreneurs.

All access tickets are $45 through Oct. 11, $55 after that. And 100 percent of the proceeds go to support Las Fotos Project's year-round programs.

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