by April Watts (Photos by Anastasia Lambrou)
Last Tuesday, “A Thousand Words” photo exhibit displayed at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on historic H Street in Washington, DC. Hundreds came out in support of the breast cancer awareness collaboration between “philantographer” Walter Grio (Shoot For Change), Pink Jams DC, and Capital Breast Care Center.
Attendees chattered amongst themselves about the multitude of feelings evoked by the exhibit: empowerment, sadness, remembrance, and awareness. Some were even moved to laughter as they viewed black and white photographs of one hundred individuals from the community bearing written messages about breast cancer. The messages were as diverse as their bearers, who ranged from cancer survivors and their loved ones to celebrities like Lynda Erkiletian (THE Artist Agency, Real Housewives of DC).
The photos hung neatly from steel wire, connected by trusses. Only an understated display could do justice to such powerful words and images.
The event generated $3,600 for Capital Breast Care Center, an organization that provides culturally appropriate breast cancer screening services and promotes health and wellness to women in the Washington, DC area regardless of their ability to pay.
Walter Grio, who has utilized photography to raise $50,000.00 (to date) for various local charities, said, “[A Thousand Words] was by far the most humbling and inspirational project I’ve ever been involved in.”
Watch video coverage of “A Thousand Words” photo exhibit.