Prior to visiting and photographing the Pechanga Chámmalkilawish School I had little knowledge of how Native Americans live in this area. The whole idea if a tribal society living as a sort of self-functioning culture is interesting to me. While taking pictures of the school I could see that there was a great amount of devoted teaching taking place due to all of the varies supplies and projects on the class rooms. It was apparent during the tour that the people working in the school are extremely passionate about there work. The facility itself was very nice, new, and well kept which made it easy to photograph in a positive light, as any school should be.
Shadi Ghadirian is an interesting and unique photographer. She takes purposefully staged shots that are comical and contradictory most of the photographs seem to challenge the stereotypical roles of traditional Middle Eastern females with humor. Ghadirian’s photographs draw from her personal experience as a modern woman living within a culture that still uses ancient customs and laws. As you can see below Ghadirian cleverly and comically showcases gender roles and customs living within a modern society.