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The void created by retiring from a wonderful career as a teacher and social justice activist was filled beyond any expectations. I discovered the wonderful world of photography. Photography brought me to places that I only dreamed of ever visiting. I felt however that I needed to merge this new passion with that of Social Justice. I discovered Photographers Without Borders.
I will give you a brief tour of some of my photography around the world, and then focus on two assignments that I had with Photographers Without Borders one in Jodhpur, India and the other in Kolkata, India.
Ken Kurzweil is a retired 72 year old and lives in Bedford, New York with his wife Suzanne.
After a very rewarding 35 year career as a Biology teacher and Computer Science teacher and 14 year President of the Bedford Teachers Association, Ken began exploring his undeveloped artistic side. His immersion into photography has become a tremendous passion for him. He has travelled to places such as Nicaragua, Cuba, Ethiopia, Bhutan, Myanmar and many trips to India to explore these varied cultures with his camera.
In 2015, Ken won the official New York State Arbor Day photography competition. Over 100,000 posters of his photograph of the over 500 year old “Bedford Oak” have been distributed internationally. Ken’s photography has also been featured in magazines and in a one person show in Toronto.
Ken has combined his love of photography with his involvement in social justice issues around the globe. Ken served as the Chairman of New York State United Teachers, Civil & Human Rights Committee for many years. After more than 50 years of Social Justice activism, Ken is also extremely proud to have had the annual “Ken Kurzweil Social Justice Award” named after him by the over 600,000 member New York State Teachers Union – NYSUT.
Ken believes that photography can add a dimension to stories about the plights of others around the world that cannot be equaled in any other way. In recent years, he has been on assignment with Photographers Without Borders volunteering his photography skills to NGOs in India.
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