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16 September 2023

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 518th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Hope in Black & White.

This 1:34 video was written, produced and directed by Zave Smith of Zave Smith Photography. Smith is a volunteer photographer for Flashes of Hope, an organization with 44 chapters that both raises funds to combat children's cancer and provides portraits of the children to their families at no charge.

The organization explains its mission:

Brightening the lives of children with cancer through a national photography program, Flashes of Hope captures images of courage, beauty and dignity. The uplifting black and white portrait packages are keepsakes for families to honor the unique life and memory of their child.

The organization has partnered with over 82 pediatric hospitals and dozens of summer camps for children with cancer. It has already presented free photo packages to over 88,581 children at hospitals and camps across the United States.

Smith's black-and-white portraits from Philadelphia animate this video, in fact.

And noble as Flashes of Hope may be, this is all about the kids. They will steal your heart from you -- yet still keep it beating.

You can see more stills from the project in Smith's Flashes of Hope gallery.

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