Through Each Others Eyes logoRecently, staff at the State Bar of Arizona had the opportunity to hear a little about a photographic exchange program that breaks down borders and shares global cultures.

Through Each Others Eyes uses the tool of photography to foster understanding and nurture talented artists. And a 25th anniversary show in Phoenix gives us all the chance to see some of that work.

An installment of TEOE work will be at the Shemer Art Center through Thursday, June 19, as the Phoenix New Times reports: “The show is available to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with additional showings Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The traveling show spent the early part of the year with residencies at the Phoenix City Hall Atrium and Art Intersection in Gilbert.”

Read the complete story here. It includes great background and interviews. (The TEOE website says the exhibit ends June 12 at the Shemer, so go early to be safe.)

Make sure you spend some time looking at the TEOE website. Be sure to go here to see the list of amazing photographers and samples of their TEOE work.

"A good cigar," Ken Ross, 2007. (Through Each Others Eyes)

“A good cigar” by Ken Ross was taken in Cuba in 2007. (Through Each Others Eyes)

Through Each Others Eyes has been around since 1988, and it describes itself as an “artistic outreach” of the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission.

Errol Zimmerman Through Each Others Eyes

Errol Zimmerman

Visiting the State Bar was the TEOE’s Errol Zimmerman, a longtime educator and TEOE board member. He showed a small sample of work that has come out of the multi-decade project.

Among his many talents, Errol was also one of the first two photographers sent abroad via the initiative. He and Peter Ensenberger were sent by the commission to Japan. Good work if you can get it.

Since 1988, there have been 40 photographer exchanges involving 150 individuals “and more than 200 photographic exhibitions in ten countries on three continents.”

Thank you to my colleague Kim Vandenberg, who is the Bar’s Deputy Director of Professional Development. She is also a TEOE board member and was instrumental in the terrific visit by Errol.

You also may follow TEOE on Facebook, which may be the best way to keep up with scheduled photo events.

Have a wonderful—and photo-filled—weekend.