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Photographer Tries to 'Change the Truth'

Gloria Baker Feinstein originally traveled to East Africa in 2006 to photograph children whose parents had died of AIDS. During the three week project, she says she encountered children who radiated hope, even in desperate circumstances. So when she returned home, Feinstein began a different kind of project.


Kansas City, MO – A new exhibition called Hide and Seek: Picturing Childhood at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art includes a local photographer, Gloria Baker Feinstein.

After a trip to Uganda in 2006, Feinstein started a foundation called Change the Truth to help a few of the approximately 2.2 million orphans in Uganda. They're children who are missing one or both parents due to civil war and AIDS. Feinstein's foundation provides food, medical care and education for children in the St. Mary Kevin Orphanage Motherhood in the small town of Kajjansi, Uganda.

Feinstein's new book Kutuuka pairs portraits of orphans with writings about their dreams. She talked to KCUR's Susan Wilson about the images and the organization.

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
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