Jim Belfon, a passionate photographer and
tireless mentor to youth, is extremely ill with late stage prostate cancer and
is in Hospice care. Sadly, his last days are fraught with anxiety. Just as many
of those who dedicate their lives to the Arts, Jim is financially challenged
and struggling to secure his photographic archives, his home care and final
arrangements. We're looking to raise $15,000 within
the next 3 weeks. This is an
urgent appeal to friends and colleagues who may be moved to help, to come to
his aid right away!
Jim moved to New Orleans eight years ago and
established the Gulf South Photography Project, a full-service photographic
learning environment, teaching free photography workshops to more than 1200
youth and senior citizens. He has combined teaching photography to local area
youth with helping families deal with the loss of family photographs due to
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita's massive destruction by providing more than 14,000
individual and family portraits. In the New Orleans metropolitan area, some of
the places he has taught classes and workshops include the Ashe Cultural Arts
Center, Pontchartrain Park Senior Citizen Center, Harry Thompson Center, Tulane
Cancer Center, Treme Center, and the Zion Travelers Cooperative Center in
His roots, however, are in New York City.
Originally from Harlem, he studied and worked with distinguished photographers
and designers including, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks and Richard
Avedon. His work has been
published in a variety of national and local magazines and newspapers
including, Time Magazine, Essence, Sports
Illustrated, Architectural Digest, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, The
Times-Picayune, The New Orleans Tribune, The Baton Rouge Advocate and others.
Jim began his commitment to sharing his
photography teaching skills twenty five years ago in Harlem, NY. Inspired by
his son Jimmy Belfon Jr's interest in photography at the age of four, he
established the Photographic Center of Harlem. He taught photography to
children and senior citizens in NYC at Harlem School Of The Arts, Central Park
East School, St. James Senior Citizen Center, and New Song Community Church.
Over its history, PCH served more than 5,000 children and senior citizens in
the Greater New York City area, introducing them to the joys of the
photographic arts and encouraging their roles as visual historians of their
communities. PCH students participated in more than 60 major exhibitions in
museums, galleries, and other public and community spaces, with more than 100
participants establishing careers for themselves within the communications
Saturday, November 2, 2013, some of Jim's friends and colleagues will host a tribute to honor
Jim. A reception and fundraiser will be held at Christian Unity Baptist
Church, 1700 Conti Street, New Orleans, Louisiana from 5-7 PM. New York and New Orleans are indebted
to Jim for his service and we hope that his extended family will help in his
time of great need.
On behalf of the Jim Belfon support team in New York and New Orleans, we
thank you in advance for your generosity. Please make checks/money orders out
Baptist Church Mission Fund
New Orleans, LA
information, feel free to contact any of the following persons:
I am so--oo SADDENED to hear about Jim. I have known ohm for many years. Thank you, Beatrice and Nzinga, for establishing and publicizing this information. I will be forwarding to you and to others who can be in touch with Jim, info on holistic interventions that may help Jim to a Recovery mode.
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