Accompagnateur means accompanyist


SASKIA KEELEY
My work as documentary photographer brings me into contact with people who confront issues such as lack of access to services and opportunities to denial of their human dignity. I use my skills as a counselor, photographer, and workshop leader to enable people from marginalized communities to see themselves, the world they live in, and their opportunity to enact changes to improve their lives, for themselves and others.


Case Study: Pico Union Project, Los Angeles



THE ACCOMPAGNATEUR WORKSHOPS AND I AM YOUR PROTECTOR CO-CREATED A WORKSHOP AT PICO UNION PROJECT, LOS ANGELES
My work as documentary photographer brings me into contact with people who confront issues such as lack of access to services and opportunities to denial of their human dignity. I use my skills as a counselor, photographer, and workshop leader to enable people from marginalized communities to see themselves, the world they live in, and their opportunity to enact changes to improve their lives, for themselves and others.

STORYTELLING
Participants hold the portrait they’ve taken of their partner in front of them and tell their story, in their words. By sharing our stories, we learn that we all have more in common than we may think. We share the same concerns about our families and our place in the world. We have all suffered traumas. The first step of opening up to strangers and allowing ourselves to be vulnerable is of profound importance.



“The camera is a tool that enables people to see without the camera.”—Dorothea Lange “It even teaches us to see ourselves.”—Saskia Keeley