The story of The Learning Center Charter School captured the attention of Atlanta based documentary photographer Chris Aluka-Berry and he visited the school on March 29.
Aluka-Berry is a storytelling photographer that grew up in a biracial family in a small rural South Carolina town. For the past four years he has documented life in southern Appalachia in an effort to bring awareness to “Affrilachia” – a term that refers to people of African American heritage who are native to, or live in, the Appalachian Mountains.
Aluka-Berry is a regular contributor to European PressPhoto Agency and Thomson Reuters News Agency. Berry teaches photography at Pace Academy in Atlanta and works with non-profits and corporations to tell their story.
His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and he has worked for the Coca-Cola Company, the Home Depot Foundation, Chik-Fil-A, and more. However, it’s storytelling that is Aluka-Berry’s passion.
“Being a small charter school in rural Appalachia, we were thrilled to be able to work with such a talented photographer as Chris,” said Blu Sky Project Development Director, Mary Jo Dyre. “We serve a diverse set of Appalachian students in our small mountain town and look forward to seeing the story that he captured through his lens as we add value to larger and larger audiences through the unfolding of the Blu Sky Programs and Facility Development Plan.”