NEW YORK, April 21, 2011 — On May 3rd from 6-8pm, Jewish Heart for Africa will be hosting a one night photography exhibit at SoHo’s Broadway Gallery featuring Peter DiCampo’s award winning series: "Life Without Lights."
DiCampo’s work photographing energy poverty has been written up in the New York Times and Wired Magazine and won him first prize in the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Awards. While living in Ghana as a Peace Corps Volunteer, DiCampo began photographing life at night, capturing the darkness of life off the electrical grid. His photos demonstrate a global crisis, depicting the challenges faced by the 1.4 billion people that live without electricity.
This one night exhibition, held in partnership with the World Energy Forum, the Center for Technology and Economic Development and the Mission of the Republic of Malawi to the UN will feature a brief program and conversation on energy poverty, featuring addresses by DiCampo and Jewish Heart for Africa’s Associate Executive Director Rachel Ishofsky.
Broadway Gallery has donated their space for the event, and Royal Wine Corp is the evening’s wine sponsor. Entry is by suggested donation of $20, and DiCampo’s work (both signed originals and prints) will be available for purchase. 100% of the evening’s proceeds and a portion of all photograph sales will be donated to Jewish Heart for Africa, supporting their work bringing Israeli solar technologies to rural African villages.
For just over three years, Jewish Heart for Africa has been bringing Israeli solar and agricultural technologies to rural villages in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. The organization has installed solar energy at 38 schools, medical clinics and water pumps, providing light for evening classes in schools, powering refrigerators in rural medical clinics to store lifesaving vaccines, and pumping clean water to villages suffering from drought. 150,000 people now have access to solar energy through Jewish Heart for Africa’s projects, and over 75,000 children have received vaccines stored in their solar powered refrigerators.
Further information about Jewish Heart for Africa is available online at www.jhafrica .org, and information on the photographer and exhibit can be found at www.lifewithoutlights.com.