Picturing Race: From Los Angeles to South Africa

On August 20, 2001, Delisa Alejandre, Justin Hill, Michael Linarte, Selena Vargas, Eamon Wright, Randy Henderson, Justin Arnwine, and Rae Wright (ages 8–16) traveled with their Venice Arts mentors to Durban, South Africa to attend the United Nations' World Conference Against Racism, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance. They went as official delegates of the City of Los Angeles, under the auspices of the Human Relations Commission, and were accredited by the United Nations for participation in the conference. They shared with the international community an exhibition of photography by American youth exploring homelessness, disability, and girls' issues, among others. The following pages contain some of the powerful black-and-white photographs taken by these youth in South Africa and in Los Angeles. These images are made even more relevant following the events of September 11.