SalaamGarage: Imagine What You Can Do

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Amanda Koster

SalaamGarage

If you’d like to chat or meet, please email or text me on my cell: 206-390-1057. Thanks! OR come to the BOF event at 7pm Thur, 4/2.

Amanda Koster is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose commercial and personal work has shown a consistent commitment to telling stories of real people, human rights, cultural diversity and global equality. She combines her anthropology background with media skills to create content as a means for powerful communication and storytelling.

Amanda founded SalaamGarage in 2007. SalaamGarage an organization that takes amateur media makers (photo, writing, video, etc.) to NGOs in developing countries to document the work of local organizations.
Koster’s organization is a success because the travelers use their own voices and images to advocate in online and offline networks.

She created SalaamGarage for 4 reasons 1) so many people asked “Can I Come With You" [and help with her international projects] 2) she sat through so many travel slide shows wondering what would happen if that person had traveled to an NGO and talked about it instead of ‘here’s me in front of the Taj Mahal’ 3) wondered what would happen if people plugged meaningful, powerful content into their social media sites versus photos of themselves in their underwear 4) realized she couldn’t change the world alone.

She and her team are leading upcoming trips to Guatemala, India and Vietnam. There are still spots available.

Her book Can I Come with You? is a collection of over a decade of her social documentary work around the world, including excerpts from her personal journals. She has received many international awards and grants for her personal projects.

Koster is also part of a 4-year project photographing, writing, scripting media for a projects related to HIV/AIDS research and technology in Kenya. Select clients include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The New York Times, Newsweek, Entrepreneur, Metropolis, Fast Company, Business Week, Wired. She has taught photography internationally and is invited regularly as an industry speaker and representative worldwide.

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ayana baltrip balagas
04/02/2009 5:20am PDT

I appreciated her humanizing the technology. She does critical work.

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