Kevin Brady is a New York based photographer whose focus is on travel and documentary photography. He received a BA in Journalism from the University of Iowa and spent six years in New Mexico before moving to Brooklyn. Photography has been a tool that Kevin has used to explore, experience and document the world around him. His ongoing project, Main Street, is a survey of the American landscape, it’s architecture, commerce and inhabitants indexed by state. Kevin has worked with a diverse group of clients including Tesla, Simon Malls, The Art Production Fund and Simon Youth Foundation.
We asked Kevin a few questions about why JUSTA is important to him:
What makes you passionate about helping JUSTA?
In 2012, I visited Guatemala and hiked for three days from Quetzaltenango to Lake Atitlan. I passed through villages along the way and after reaching the Lake, spent the next week around its shores. The people, culture and landscape had a lasting impact on me. Seeing the work that JUSTA is doing around Lake Atitlan to help educate and empower the communities, while fostering creativity and preserving their culture inspires me to do more. I am passionate about using my time and talents to offer something back to a place that I think of often and a cause that deserves attention.
How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?
I believe my photography can make a difference for JUSTA, the participants in their programs and the artists in their collectives in a few different ways. By telling the story of the artists and documenting their craft, we will be recording their culture and traditions. This is important for it’s preservation. While highlighting the different aspects of JUSTA’s programming, we will be creating images that can be used in a variety of ways to promote the organization and create new support. With this additional support, the participants in JUSTA’s workshops and collectives will benefit as the programs continue to grow and empower the community.
What message would you like to tell your supporters?
After moving to New York and working in commercial photography for six years, I found myself wanting to use my skills to make an impact in a more meaningful way. I came upon Photographers Without Borders and saw an organization that was helping to facilitate the kind of change I wanted to be a part of. They connect photographers and videographers with NGOs that are creating social change in developing countries . One of these grassroots initiatives is JUSTA, which is working with artisans in communities around Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan and providing health and nutritional education to families. I’m proud to be apart of this project and am excited for the opportunity to document the good works of JUSTA, as well as the arts, culture and lives of the Guatemalan people.