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Why We Do It

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Individuals living with mental health challenges deserve to be visible, vocal and active. Traditional healthcare on its own cannot overcome barriers such as social isolation, low self-worth and stigma.

In 2000 our founder, Elise Sanford, proposed using photography classes and public exhibitions to help community members build skills and express their ideas, feelings and perspectives through the arts.

Marginalized and invisible individuals now had a voice. Our first Introduction to Photography class led to the 2001 juried exhibition, I Have A Voice. Since then, our roster of artists and classes has steadily grown. Veteran artists work alongside those just starting out. New venues offer new ways to be seen.

We are the Athens Photo Project.

Photographer and mental health advocate Elise Mitchell Sanford founded the Athens Photo Project in 2000. Sanford believed that community members living with mental illness could reflect on their lives and share their perspectives as working artists.