Ten years ago, shortly after the war in Afghanistan broke out, photographer Tobi Asmoucha was given an assignment to go to Toronto’s Bluffer’s Park to photograph an Afghani family. Tobi felt a little stressed about asking groups of strangers where they were from, but when she got to the park, a man spotted her camera and called her over, saying, “We are from Afghanistan.”
Tobi ended up sharing their afternoon – and kebabs – while discussing their respective cultures (Tobi has a Jewish background). “It made me realize that most people just want to be understood and connect with one another,” says Tobi. “I hope that my work helps to alter people’s perceptions of other communities and make us all more connected.”
PhotoSensitive is a non-profit collective of photographers committed to using black-and-white photography to address social issues. PhotoSensitive’s new exhibition, Picture Change, is a Toronto-based show dedicated to highlighting the ways that photography makes a difference in the world by provoking action, reflection, or even a change in a policy or law.