New York, NY (PRWEB) January 09, 2012
Due to the recent launching of ‘Photo Outreach’, photographers from around the New York City area have been working on various philanthropic projects, intertwining their talent with charity. In September, the group reached out to 9/11 victims, and their families, offering them one free night of photography services for any upcoming event.
The group reached out to victims through various social media platforms, as well as fliers. The ‘photo outreach’ group consisting of Gregroy Deese and Yoan Avici, created fliers encouraging 9/11 victims to contact them in regards to free photography services. The group also created a Facebook group, Twitter Profile, and a website. Within two weeks, over 40 different 9/11 victims, and their family members, contacted the group. The 50 ‘Photo Outreach’ photographers each gave up one night in which they would work at an event for these victims.
Lilly Goldreich, a former wife of a deceased fireman who died saving others on 9/11, hired the ‘photo outreach’ group to work at her daughters’ sweet 16. “we all know economic times are tough, and it was so helpful having that weight lifted over my shoulder when I got free services. My husband, whom this night was dedicated to, would have greatly appreciated it.” says Goldreich. The group worked many other events, such as wounded 9/11 victims’ weddings, Bar Mitzvahs of boys whose fathers died on the tragic day, and even a memorial service for several deceased Long Island victims.
“It was such a great Idea, and once Gregory told us about it we all were eager to participate. All us photographers, while we love our jobs, feel as if it is a one way job. We may grasp happy moments, but very rarely do we create them. Since the inception of the Photo Outreach program, I’ve been using my talents to create smiles a lot more. “ says New York City photographer Yoan Avici.
The photo outreach program is looking to expand its horizons, and include photographers from around the world, making it a non-profit international charity. Its’ founders, Gregory Allen Deese, and Yoan Avici, are always looking for new ways to use their photo taking talents to help people in their area.
About Yoan Avici
Yoan Avici is an Italian photographer, who moved to New York City just three years ago. Since his move, Avici’s work has been shown in many galleries, and is sold in some of the most lucrative art stores. He is the main choreographer of the ‘flash-flash mob’, and has partook in several other conventional flash mobs. His goal is to bring New Yorkers together through color, imagination, and shared positive experiences.
About Gregory Deese
Gregory Deese is a freelance New York City photographer, living in Greenwich Village. He is famous for his photos of New York City, and his work is sold by street vendors throughout the area. His photos usually emphasize one item in a crowded place using color, while blurring the rest. One of his most famous photos illustrates the New York City traffic shown in black and white with one Yellow Taxi cab vividly seen in front. The point of his work is to emphasize the individuality of the people living in a place where it is easy to think that everyone is very much the same.