FOCUSED Project Synopsis

The Mission:

One camera. One click. One moment.

In an age where digital photography, the Internet, and motor drives have accelerated the process of image-making, the thought, vision and construction of the decisive moment gets lost in the rush. FOCUSED will bring a diverse group of photojournalists from across the world together one frame at a time towards a common goal: to rely more on our senses than technology.

After 36 exposures, one roll of film will hold thousands of miles of travel with photo subjects as diverse as the areas they are sent. Frame by frame, the viewer will get a glimpse of the thought process behind making one singular, thoughtful image – all on one single roll of film.


The Project:

Five fully manual 35mm cameras will be pre-loaded with a single roll of film and packed into five separate camera bags. The bags will be shipped across the world from one photojournalist to the next – one in a small town in the middle of the U.S., another among relief efforts in a natural disaster zone, or working the White House press pool. Each photojournalist will get only one click of the shutter.

Just one click.

Photojournalists will document their photos not only on film, but in hand-written journal entries with quotes and technical specs from each situation. Journal entries will be scanned and published alongside the images on the website along with any future gallery showings and publications.

All cameras, film canisters, and notebooks will be retained as a historical record of the project and be used in future gallery showings and print publications.


The Benefit:

This is an unprecedented opportunity for hundreds of photojournalists to work together. In addition, all of the money raised through unused donations, print sales, book sales, etc., will go to fund youth photography programs globally.



For more information regarding the project:

Chip Litherland • Director • 941.321.7167 • info@focusedproject.org




3 Responses to “about FOCUSED”

  1. Hi there,

    I take it that it is too late to be involved in this project? If not, I would love to be part of it. Great idea for a fantastic program!

    Much love,

  2. Rob McGlade says:

    Hi Chip, Would a fantastic idea! Would love to be part of this if you have any spaces left.


  3. […] end result will be a huge collection of decisive moments from all over the world. Here’s how Litherland describes the project: “Five fully manual 35mm cameras will be pre-loaded with a single roll of film and packed […]

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