The Eyes of Gary was a workshop shop held in on four Saturday mornings in downtown Gary, IN, at the Sister Thea Bowman Elementary School. Gary, at the time, had one of the worst murder rates per capita in the country. Eighty (80) percent of the youth that attended came from fatherless families. We would meet with the students and discuss photography skills. We had photographers from The Times newspaper and the NorthWest Indiana Catholic. We would go out into the neighborhoods and take photos and send the youths, fourth through eight grades, home with a disposable Kodak Instamatic camera. The following week we would go to the dark room and develop the black and white photos. At the end of the summer session, we had a photography exhibit at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, IN and had a calendar of the top twelve most popular photos.
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This is a letter to the editor of The Times newspaper from 8/28/1994:
This is a article about the program: