Global Humanitarian Photojournalists Benefit in Ojai

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Global Humanitarian Photojournalists Benefit in Ojai

Ojai’s Primavera Gallery and the Playhouse Silent Auction and Film Festival

Primavera Gallery will host a silent auction and film festival on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 in Ojai, California to benefit GHPJ’s Youth Multimedia Training Program, an exciting outreach led by visionary multimedia producer and photojournalist, Jacob Foko. “We hope the community will come out and support this terrific cause and Primavera Gallery is proud to help,” said Khaled Alawar, owner of the gallery and Playhouse.

About the Event

Global Humanitarian Photojournalists, Inc. (GHPJ is a non-profit organization founded and led by Jacob Foko. With a passion for journalism as information and education rather than entertainment, GHPJ was recently accepted into the Department of Economic and Social Affairs Civil Society of the United Nations. GHPJ strives to forge influential and groundbreaking partnerships with other non-profit organizations and movements around the globe to facilitate progress and change for talented young photojournalists-in-the-making. It’s goal is to provide skills and tools necessary to prepare a new generation of professionals to effectively document and report on issues and injustices throughout the world.

Fundraising Goal

The event’s fundraising goal is $418,500 to support GHPJ’s Youth Multimedia Training Program (YMTP, to provide equipment and the 2014 launch of YMTP in USA, Senegal and in Cameroon. Donations will also fund training for 25 budding local journalists chosen for their interest in the GHPJ mission and their potential as creators of compelling visual narratives.

Event Details

The silent auction will be held at the Primavera Gallery on Saturday, May 31, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will auction powerful and compelling works by some of today’s most talented photographers and photojournalists, and artists throughout the world. The film festival will feature short films screened on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 at The Ojai Playhouse with 50 percent of proceeds directly supporting YMTP. Screening times will be announced.

Contact Information


Donations of photographs, artwork and short films are still being accepted.
Artist donators should contact Joseph Woolery at or 805.200.7280.

More Event Information

For more information, media previews: Please contact Ashley Turbyfill, our Visual Director at or 619.518.1593

Meet The Team

Emmanuel Etim
Multimedia Producer

Emmanuel Etim

Emmanuel has over 10 years of experience in the production of audio-visual media enabling organizations to reach and communicate effectively with their audiences.

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Jacob Foko
Visual and Multimedia Producer

Jacob Foko

Jacob Foko is an award-winning photojournalist, news and documentary photographer and a passionate humanitarian.

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Javier Manzano
Freelance Visual Journalist

Javier Manzano is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in Istanbul, Turkey. Born in Mexico, Manzano left for the United States at the age of eighteen.

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Jenny Chu
Video Journalist

Jenny Chu

Jenny Chu has been a video production instructor since 2009 at Media Enterprise Alliance (MEA), a program that teaches Oakland California’s high school students employable skills in video production.

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Jessica Walters
Visual Journalist

Jessica Walters

Jessica Walters, Visual Journalist. Jess has been documenting environmental and social issues for over 10 years.

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Mireille Laure Mekong

Mireille Laure Mekong est une journaliste passionnée de la cause sociale et de l’humanitaire. Depuis près de 10 ans sur le terrain, elle a écumé de long en large l’Afrique centrale pour des reportages d’organismes de Nations-Unies tels que HCR, le PAM, l’OMS.

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The Donors

George Boe found his passion for photography as a high school junior on a month long trip in Costa Rica. This experience led him to discover the power of photography and its unique ability to communicate the beauty of the world and the human experience.

George grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He struggled with dyslexia in school, but his visual strength was always evident, for it was clear that George saw the world through a unique filter. His high school focused on experiential learning through engaging with the local community and international travel. It was here that photography became his new way to translate his visions through the power of a camera.

After studying visual journalism at Brooks Institute, he began working as an Internet product photographer. While this was a good source of income, it was never his passion.

His real goal was to explore telling stories through photography. He felt traveling would provide him the opportunity to see the world, engage with its people, and to tell these remarkable stories through the powerful lens of visual journalism.

In late 2012, with enough savings to last about a year, George launched his journey around the globe.

These photos were taken during his 500 days traveling through 27 countries and 6 continents.

During the 1990s and 2000s, Stéphane worked for magazines, advertising agencies and creates portfolios of models for modeling agencies Parisiennes. In 1999, he fell in love with Africa and decided to move to Dakar.

Among the celebrities he photographed include: Youssou Ndour, Tiken Jah Fakoli, Jacob Desvarieux, Frank Leboeuf, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clark, Kymani Marley, Rockmond Dunbar, Lambert Wilson, Liam Neeson, Nathalie Baye, Elbé Nicole Garcia and many other presidents, ministers, singers, producers, directors …

In 2006, at the request of the President of the Republic of Senegal, he produced a series of photographs for an exhibition of arts and crafts Senegal at UNESCO (Paris, May 2006).It collaborates with international magazines and NGOs and exports images in the world.

From 2005 to today, Stéphane Shot exposed to Dakar, Marseille, St Jean de Luz, Paris and Los Angeles, a work entitled “Here’s Hope”.

In September 2008, in Los Angeles, he decided to settle down. “Photographer with soles of wind” carries pictures for album covers Brianna Haynes, Mao Otayek El Compra Sacra. At the suggestion of Sergio Ponzo, producer and composer Brianna, it also performs the music video of the single “Let it slide.” But it does not stop there. The video is a true discovery, and the photographer will enchainer five new clips for artists of Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Dakar.

Today, he is back in Senegal.

His last published photos are those of African artists for the book “Made in Dakar” Fabrice Hervieu Wane as part of the World Festival of Negro Arts, where he was the official photographer. But also the covers of international magazines such as “Brown”, “African Woman” or the famous magazine “Forbes”.

In December 2010 and in June 2012, Stéphane has received awards for the best fashion photographer in each of the two editions of the African trophies mode.

In 2011, Stéphane presents the first part of his recent work “Metissage.” This work is currently visible in the gallery “The Loft at Liz’s” Los Angeles.

In 2012, he was the photographer “-campaign against” Nùùl Kuuk, against the use of lightening creams, a world first which already refers in the world since this picture has crossed all borders to be subject to articles in the “New York Times,” among others.

Today is a new adventure that the artist starts with the design and realization of the “Face of the Year made in Senegal” contest whose final of the first edition was televised and launch the back in 2013 the monthly magazine of fashion and beauty “ELIXIR”. Today, the magazine is number 5 and the second edition of the competition is in preparation.

Stéphane Shot was the only accredited by Washington, in addition to photographers from the White House photographer to capture President Barack Obama during his recent arrival in Senegal.

He is also a member of the jury “guest” of the first edition of the African version of “Next Top Model”.

Born in 1968 in Paris (France), Rodolphe Faure began photography when student. The age of first love is also one of the first photographic emotions. Images that will essentially have two sources of inspiration, women and landscapes, whether urban or nature.

The advent of Internet and digital technology will make him want to take the camera left out a few years and allow it to develop several projects. Work on the “Nude dancing” gave birth to an exhibition and a book in 2013. In parallel, travel lover, Rodolphe Faure began an urban series of photos there a few years ago in European capitals and cities. This is the series that come from the five pictures presented today.

Whether for fashion photography or landscape photography, it is still working on the expression and emotion that can provide a picture that guide.

Link to his site:

Richard  S Hockett, MBA, DTM
Business Coach, Professional & Published Photographer,
Educator, Speaker

Richard’s parents gave him a Kodak Brownie camera at age 6 – and Richard was hooked on photography. His father was a commercial photographer and he was helping in the dark room from then on. Richard’s first (real) SLR was a graduation gift from eighth grade in order for him to produce images for the high school newspaper and the yearbook.

Richard, graduated Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in Business Administration. During his college years, Richard’s parents and brothers moved to Hong Kong, enabling Richard to travel to the Far East multiple times. Although pursuing a degree in business, his love for photography continued to grow.

In 1982, Richard opened Precious Moments Studio in Round Lake, Illinois. In 1986, Richard transplanted himself, wife, and studio, to Southern California. In 2007, Richard started SunRidge Photo (his 2nd photography business) as a teaching tool for his marketing students, as well as a way to help photographers gain real world experience.

2008 found Richard being commissioned to do the images for a specialty book about Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club. The book, featuring Richard’s images was published and released to the Club members on November 15, 2008. A 2nd  book project Lodi On The Label (2010), written by friend, and author, Debra Ristau, found Richard traveling to Lodi, California to capture unique, compelling, images of the Lodi wineries. Richard’s most current project is a visual-journalistic story of Route 66, The Mother Road.

Richard enjoys helping others find their value and live their dreams. Richard’s purpose for living… YOUR SUCCESS!

Richard S Hockett, MBA, DTM
Oxnard, CA 93036-1562
Ph: 805.451.6017

Steven V-L Lee is a Malaysian freelance photographer based in London, UK. He began his photographic career as a documentary and travel photographer in the late 90’s when began writing travel related articles for magazines and journals. In 2000, he published his first coffee-table book titled Outside Looking In : Kuala Lumpur, which received the Asian Prize at PhotoCity Sagamihara Festival of the Image, Japan in 2007.

Part of the collection is held with the City of Sagamihara National Photographic Archives. His commercial portraiture and fashion work has graced the covers of License! Europe, Country Club UK and Masterpiece and Asiana magazines.

In 2002, he was approached by AntiSlavery International UK to photograph specially prepared Indian recipes by Chattar Singh of Rajasthan for a fund raiser book titled A Taste for Freedom.

In 2007 he published his second coffee-table book MALAYSIANS. In 2008, MUSEO, comprising a collection of black & white abstract studies of antiquities, statuary and architecture photographed in Europe from 2001 – 2005 is now available as a print-on-demand publication. LUMINA is his current book released in 2011.

In 2008, Steven was involved in portfolio reviews at Cultivate, a Rhubarb-Rhubarb initiative for graduates in Photography, to prepare and guide them in portfolio preparation and exhibitions. He has also introduced the basics of photography to inner-city kids in Borough of Camden in a Local Authority regeneration initiative and recently began slphotoworks, a workshop-based initiative. Steven is also the co-founder of Lightgallery gallery in the UK.

From 2003 to 2011, Steven and his colleague Luz Osorio, managed Light Contemporary gallery in London, specialising in contemporary photography and art from Latin America, and held numerous exhibition in London, Miami and Madrid exhibiting artists such as Luis Gonzalez, Monica Van Asperen, Cesar Martinez, and Cecilia Paredes. Light Contemporary also participated at Scope London 2005.

Partnering AndyCraggs, in 2008, they both set up EXPLORENATION.NET World Photography Travel Workshops dedicated to photography tutorials combined with the enjoyment of visiting photogenic destinations, such as Rajasthan, Cuba, Borneo, and several European cities.

In 2009, Steven initiated the KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL PHOTOAWARDS, an annual international portrait photography competition centred in Malaysia, focussing on the best in contemporary portrait photography and has attracted the participation of some top international photographers. Steven continues to run photography educational workshops through EXPOSURE+ Photo Mentoring platform in Kuala Lumpur with other photographers, and will be a portfolio reviewer at the Mt Rokko International Photography Festival 2013 in Kobe, Japan.

Focussing on personal work, Steven has over the last 5 years been developing several projects and narratives founded through personal travel and thoughts about the wider effects of photography and re-discovery, beginning with MUSEO and then LUMINA.

T +60 12 284 5838 (MALAYSIA)
T +44 781 084 8470 (UK)

Mike O’Hara is a freelance outdoor, adventure photographer. He strives to capture magnificent images of the mountains, the land, and the sea; showing the true beauty of the world we live in. From surfing to mountaineering, Mike is happiest away from a desk and traveling through nature.

As a native Californian, Mike was always been immersed in wilderness. There was no lack of camping trips as a child. Being that he was surrounded by nature, Mike took it upon himself to start photographing the places he visited. It started with local trips and hikes, but grew immensely to multiday backpacking trips, not just in California, but also across borders, to Canada, to Alaska, and many more locations.

The end goal for all of his photos is to capture “the moment”. The moment you feel disconnection from the world, the moment of tranquility, the moment of excitement, the moment of natures power, the moment when you feel you are a small being in a massive world.

Instagram: @mikeoharaphoto

Event Details

Date: May 31 – June 1, 2014


Primavera Gallery:
214 East Ojai Ave. Ojai, California 93023
Tel: (805) 646-7133

Ojai Playhouse:
145 East Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023,
Tel: 805.646.1011

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