or eight days, villagers from Ban Lam Kaen in southern Thailand had their lives documented as never before – by nine of their own children.
Students age 12 to 16 from Ban Lam Kaen school received nine digital cameras through a joint project of Canon U.S.A. and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Photographer Emiko Davison taught the students four basic rules of photography and asked them to record their daily lives, religious beliefs, tsunami experiences and dreams for the future. Coached by UNC journalism professors and students, they recorded each aspect of their lives – from parents cutting rubber to pick-up soccer games to Buddhist Boy Scout ceremonies.
These are their stories.