About Us

Las Fotos Project is a community-based nonprofit organization that inspires teenage girls through photography, mentorship, and self-expression. Offering year-round programming, we provide girls with access to professional cameras, quality instruction and workshops that encourage them to explore their identity,  build leadership and advocacy skills, and strengthen their social and emotional well-being.

Our Mission

Las Fotos Project’s mission is to elevate the voices of teenage girls from communities of color through photography and mentoring, empowering them to channel their creativity for the benefit of themselves, their community, and future careers.

Our History

Las Fotos Project was founded in 2010 by Los Angeles-based photographer Eric V. Ibarra after seeing a need for teenage girls throughout Los Angeles to have a skill that could help build their confidence and self-esteem. In March of 2011, Las Fotos Project became a project of Community Partners, a 501(c)3 organization which accelerates ideas into action to advance the public good. Las Fotos Project has since worked with girls throughout Southern California, and has developed partnership with national and international nonprofit organizations and schools to expand the movement of inspiring teenage girls through photography and self-expression. Our current focus is on the Central, South, and East Los Angeles regions of Los Angeles.

Our Students

Las Fotos Project students are teenage girls between the ages of 13-18 with boundless creativity, power and a drive to tell their stories. Through the lens of photography, students capture moments that inspire them and others to critically examine the world around them and to become agents of change.

Our Values

Las Fotos Project’s core values of exploration, inclusivity & representation, social justice, equity and community are interwoven throughout our programs and public activities. Programming is developed under the framework of “Participatory Photography”, a creative modality that asks participants to analyze their personal and social landscapes through the lens of photography. This process of self-exploration is designed to validate and empower the participants’ perspective, while also providing an avenue for self-guided reflection, reconciliation, and group dialogue. Our program model further reinforces photography’s inherent ability to spark introspection, evoke deeper meaning, and serve as a catalyst for change by placing students at the heart of social justice efforts in their respective communities.
Read our full values statement.

Meet Our Team