Saturdays@Duggal Launches!

Feb 27, 15 Saturdays@Duggal Launches!

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January 10th saw the launch of the Duggal Big Picture Foundation’s much anticipated Saturdays@Duggal program! This event was the first in a monthly program of art-related workshops for children ages 6-12. It was our inaugural run with only Duggal families in attendance. Based on the undeniable success of the pilot event, we are delighted to announce that the program will now open up to all children in our community, with our next event scheduled for Saturday, February 7th. Saturdays@Duggal was designed to expose children to the visual arts with a concentration in photography and to give parents an opportunity to include their children in a worthwhile and imaginative weekend activity. In attendance with Duggal families were five students from the NYC SALT Program, a wonderful non-profit organization which teaches high school students photography, pairs them with mentors in the photo community, and provides SAT tutoring and college counseling to prepare them for higher education. It is a rigorous, multi-year program that attracts extremely motivated and bright students from Title 1 schools all over New York City. “NYC SALT’s purpose is to engage, inspire and empower New York City teenagers by providing them with professional-grade visual communications skills.” We are thrilled to be able to offer the five students paid internships to teach the young children of our community photography at each of DBP’s workshops, providing them with invaluable work experience in their field of interest. This month’s theme was ‘outdoor winter portraits,’ which we printed and incorporated into a seasonally inspired handmade snow-globe craft. The morning was alive with energy and delight as the children flew around the Flatiron with their DBP cameras, learning the basic techniques behind outdoor portrait taking from their NYC Salt group leaders. The space was filled with eager, focused young faces choosing their favorite images, creating a winter scene to showcase them, and inserting them into mason jar “snow globes” hand-decorated with snowflakes and ribbons galore. The final results (besides being just plain beautiful) were souvenirs and lasting memories of a morning spent with...

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DBP Hosts Tour and Panel for NYC SALT

Feb 27, 15 DBP Hosts Tour and Panel for NYC SALT

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Duggal Big Picture Foundation hosted a motivating meeting-of-the-minds recently as inner city teenagers from the not-for-profit NYC SALT program toured our facilities and sat with key members of Duggal’s diverse and creative staff for a panel discussion about careers in photography and the visual arts. NYC SALT’s purpose is to “engage, inspire and empower New York City teenagers by providing them with professional-grade visual communications skills,” a mission which perfectly aligns with that of Duggal Big Picture’s, which is to inspire, educate, and empower children through exposure to photography and art at a young age. The reference to ‘salt’ reflects the organization’s hope that “the program will flavor and preserve the communities it serves.” Giving children the chance to create empowers them to create beauty in their lives, in their community, and in the world. The Duggal Big Picture Foundation, as well as NYC Salt, instructs youths not just in the craft of picture taking, but in the ways photography might allow them to explore their own creative potential and self-expression. NYC SALT continues in its holistic mission by providing SAT prep, homework help, college counseling, and more. In this particular panel, as in our other educational endeavors, our goal was not only to inspire children to dream big, but to also make sure they have the necessary resources and advice to achieve those dreams. The Duggal panel was moderated by Marc Lovci, VP of Business Development, and featured Duggal employees Heather Gorman, Giselle Behrens, Mike Lambert, Amit Dhawan, Ruth Halderman, Ken Bledsoe, Hardy Rosenstein, and Jerid O’Connell. They spoke about their background, education, and the unique path that brought each of them to Duggal. It was important to NYC SALT Founder Alicia Hansen and to Program Director Jackie DeBenedetto that the students, all from Title I schools, and almost all the first in their families to have college goals, see how many different avenues exist leading to a career in photography, and how diverse the available roles are within it. The panel ended...

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Girl Be Heard’s Gala

Feb 27, 15 Girl Be Heard’s Gala

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On the evening of December 18th, Girl Be Heard held its first gala ever. Arguably the best event of the holiday season, the joy-filled performances and celebration were a fitting tribute to how far this power-house theatrical group has evolved in the five short years since its inception. What began in 2008 as the Project Girl Performance Collective of 12 girls in a one-time-only performance, is now 170 members strong and touring worldwide. Girl Be Heard is a non-profit theatre company that brings global issues affecting girls center stage, empowering young women to tell their stories. If a girl can change her own life, she can change the lives of others. There was much to celebrate as the organization has demonstrated brilliant success in adhering to its mission. The evening began with a cocktail reception followed by a performance. Celebrity “Fairy Godfather” Nigel Barker introduced the show, which was written, choreographed and performed by the Girls. After the moving performance, which featured step, rap, song, guitar, and monologues, the co-founders thanked contributing sponsors as well as two “Fairy Godmothers,” Katharine H. Parker, Esq. and Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee. In keeping with the goal of Duggal Big Picture: Community, to provide the inspiring power of imagery to people that need it most, Duggal employees worked tirelessly to create banners and posters for the event. As suggested by Duggal’s creative team, the main logo banner was printed on sparking metallic canvas in order to get the attention it deserves. A large step and repeat banner turned every Girl into a red-carpet star. Other posters and banners featured beautiful portraits of the girls printed as large as 10ft x 10ft. The organization was so pleased with the imagery, that Duggal’s prints and banners will be used as permanent decoration on the walls of the brand new Girl Be Heard headquarters, which they will move into in March 2015. Girl Be Heard co-founders Jessica Greer Morris and Ashley Marinaccio graciously remarked in their speech that Duggal “made their dreams come true.” After...

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The Ranch – Gabriel

Jul 02, 14 The Ranch – Gabriel

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This photo was taken in the afternoon when I was headed towards a farm. I saw a house that caught my attention and I took a photo of it. I thought it would be an exotic photo for you. Photo by: Gabriel Translated Original Text El Rancho> Esta foto fue hecha en una tarde, en la cual yo iba hacia una finca y en eso vi una casa, la cual me llamo la atencion y le tome una foto,tomando en cuento lo exotico que seria para...

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Handling a Tricycle – Blanca

Jul 02, 14 Handling a Tricycle – Blanca

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This image represents one of the forms of transport for us, the Nicaraguan. Photo By: Blanca Translated Original Text Manejando un triciclo. esta imagen representa una de las formas de transporte de nosotros los nicaraguense.

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