(CBS) – In its own way, the South Bronx itself was a war zone back in the 1980s. “I got here in ’86 and it was awful. Shootings every day, just really bad violence,” said Mike Kamber. He’d taken all the money he’d saved shooting photographs for The New York Times in actual war zones, and bought a building in the South Bronx in 2010.
“I knew there was a need,” he told Special Contributor Ted Koppel. “I felt like we could make a difference.”
Kamber and another photographer, Tim Hetherington with Magnum Photos, had this dream: a place where disadvantaged kids could learn about photojournalism.
“We’ve got about 60 students and they’re all from immigrant families,” Kamber said. “Also a lot of West African families now: Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso.”