About Global Photography School
Global Photography Schools (GPS) is a project of professional photographer and artist Don Orkoskey, the owner of WDO Photography. GPS was founded in the summer of 2021 to help displaced and marginalized photographers while spreading the art, trade, and craft of photography to people all around the globe.
Global Photography School's mission is to spread the love of photography through education while also calling attention to amazing photographers who have been ignored, silenced, or pushed to the margins by their own societies, by global society, or by other causes beyond their control. At the core of GPS is the concept of consent and accurate representation. This core concept means the photographer, their communities, and the people or subjects they photograph and shine light on must agree to the story being told. Global Photography School exists as an anti-colonialist and anti-imperialist entity.
This project is done out of passion. GPS is not a nonprofit organization though it might grow to be in the future. GPS is also not a for-profit organization. This is a passion project that exists because our founder, pro photographer Don Orkoskey, believes in photography as a means of communication and democratization. While individual photographers, including Don, do charge for teaching the goal of this website is to spread knowledge through both dedicated classes and free resources.
When the people have a voice, and photography gives people a voice, they can tell their own stories, advocate for their own communities, record contemporary events that shape their lives and culture, and so much more.
GPS is always looking for more photography teachers and photographers working in areas where they are under threat or where conflict, or other issues are keeping their work from being seen by a larger audience. It is the desire of Don Orkoskey, the founder of GPS to see such photographers thrive in order to be able to share their work, show the world about their culture, record the lives, events, and more of the people living in their areas, and to tell their stories from their perspectives rather than having their stories told by outsiders.
If you wish to help with this project please reach Don through his personal artist website at Orkoskey.com or his business website at WDOphoto.com. Don is more than happy to have help with this project, especially from those who this project seeks to help. If you are a photographer in a conflict damaged area, if your sex, gender, religion, ethnicity, race, etc. are marginalized or threatened by those in power around you but you're safe enough and have the resources to teach classes or even to write articles and show some work please reach out to Don.