Wedding Photographer Teaches Photography to Human Trafficking Survivors in India


By: Charmaine Santos
Wedding photographer Sarah Annay Williamson leaves in September to help 10 female human trafficking survivors heal and build a future in Kolkata, India. Through a Saint Augustine-based nonprofit, Made By Survivors, she will teach a four-week workshop, called “Vision for Empowerment”. Williamson explains that the workshop will use photography to give the girls a chance to share their story, since many of them don’t like to talk about their pasts.
Some of the women have never been educated or given the opportunity to create something in the form of art. Thanks to Williamson, they will learn composition, art, texture, and the basics of storytelling before they learn the technical aspects of photography. They will also take weekend trips to try street photography.

Additionally, in the works are “shadowing days,” where the women can follow a professional photographers based in India. At the end of their workshop, the community will be able to see the work they created. With this project and the work that Williamson creates, these survivors will be given a chance to turn their stories from ones of despair, to ones proving that they overcame the odds.
Charmaine Santos is a junior at the University of San Francisco pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Biology as well as minors in Chemistry and Health Studies. She volunteers alongside UCSF medical students at a student-run homeless clinic in San Francisco and is also an active volunteer with Operation Access. Charmaine is also a Social Media Assistant at Cancer InCytes Magazine.
Martin, Jake. (2015, June 9). “St. Augustine Business Owner To Teach Photography To Human Trafficking Survivors In India.” St. Augustine Record. Retrieved June 12, 2015 from
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