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Locomotive poem by Polish-Jewish writer Julian Tuwim was for the first time illustrated with pinhole photography. Join us at one of our events and get a free copy of the book! The event is designed for children age 3-7. Participants have an opportunity to make their own trains, learn and sing a Locomotive song , read the story using a gigantic book and make the various sounds to imitate the sounds of a train. Every child receives a free copy of the book.

Locomotive family event at Topolski Century, 150-152 Hungerford Arches, SE1 8XU London, January 16th 12-1 & 1-2 pm

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The pinhole photography exhibition at the Menier Gallery in London on 10-15th January 2011. Artists Marta Kotlarska, Anna Udowicka and Curator Olga Glazik from Polish group Click Academy (Akademia Pstryk) who have collaborated with a group of Polish young people living in London in order to prepare illustrations for Julian Tuwim's Locomotive poem.

Locomotive pinhole exhibition by Click Academy

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The latest solution which intends to build bridges between young people of different backgrounds. Project The Locomotive by Click Academy will involve 33 young people working together using an unusual technique called pinhole photography to produce a bilingual, professionally-printed picture book of Polish-Jewish poet Julian Tuwim's famous "Locomotive" poem for children.

Locomotive project

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Roma picture book

In the midst of the credit crunch, a group of 7 to 14 year old Roma in East London are showing you don't need expensive digital cameras to produce professional photographs. Working with Akademia Pstryk and The Children Society this group of talented young people are using pinhole photography to produce a picture book that will teach people about their culture.  1,500 copies of the book will be given away at public events, and it will also be available to download online.

The Roma people originated from India around 1000 years ago and are currently Europe's largest ethnic minority.  However, widespread ignorance of Roma culture has meant prejudice against the Roma is still common in mainstream society. 

Roma culture is so rich with stories and songs that have been passed down verbally for generations that story-telling sessions can go on for many hours.  For centuries these stories have been told only to a chosen few, but now everybody has the chance to enjoy them.

The group has chosen to work with a traditional story of a family threatened by the mysterious Bumbarumbum living secretly at the top of their house.  One-day, mum sends her children to fetch the smoked meat from the attic for her cooking, but they don't return and it is only when dad returns to a silent house that the Bumbarumbum finally meets its match.

With our help, the group have illustrated the story using pinhole photographs.  This little-known technique is not only a cheaper alternative to digital photography; it is also very environmentally friendly.  Using cardboard boxes, paper and chemicals no longer needed by professional labs, the young people made their own cameras and developed their own photos.

The young people are now ready to share their knowledge with the public.  During Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month (June) they will be taking to the streets of Newham and the South Bank to give away copies of their books to parents and children as well as teaching members of the public how to do pinhole photography themselves.

The work is funded by the Arts Council.

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