My name is Serbest Salih and I am a 27- year-old photographer from Kobane, Syria. I am currently living in the southeast of Turkey, where millions of Syrian refugees are resettled. I am the director of Sirkhane DARKROOM, a photography school currently active in Mardin Istasyon, an impoverished neighborhood near the city of Mardin and in the city of Nusaybin, a beautiful city affected by war and violence.
DARKROOM is a photography school for vulnerable children of Syrian, Kurdish, Iraqi and Turkish origin under the organization Sirkhane Social Circus School. In DARKROOM, children learn how to take meaningful photos, develop analog images,
and print them. They learn how to create beauty and joy out of
the darkness of their past and present.
Photography, as an educational method, enables children to, first of all, know themselves better. It is an incredible and effective method of teaching children coming from severe conditions, new ways of thinking, creativity, and being playful while expanding their perspective of their surroundings.
In the course of learning this art, the classes enable them to develop life skills such as social skills, adopting universal values to themselves, and their art, improving physical coordination and concentration. Also, the art of photography enables children to develop a healthy personality and gives them a tool to express themselves in the most meaningful way to be a productive member of their society.
Photography equipment, material, and printing are expensive, and we are always in need of equipment for our school, the list of which is included here.
18x24 cm. Tub , 1 QTY of 50x60 cm. Tub
Tongs (Negative holder and Clevis)
Water Heater (Heifer Gourmet brand)
Fixer 5 Lt.
Compact Camera with flash and mechanical setup Canon BF 10 Date