Founder - Beth babicz

PhotoU started with a question Beth had while studying Mass Communications and Global Poverty at UC Berkeley: How might our perceptions and understandings of the world around us change if cameras were put in the hands of those who had never used them before?

In search of an answer, she spent a summer teaching photography to a group of 25 teenagers at an all-girls orphanage in Tanzania, Africa. From the stories and reciprocal learning the program brought to life, the concept of PhotoU was born.

Over the next 5 years, Beth continued to combine and pursue her passions – photography and working with kids – in New York City. She was a Photo Studio Manager at Vogue magazine and later became a Program Coordinator at a youth mentorship non-profit. While both roles were rooted in her interests, she always knew she'd pick up where she left off in Tanzania and continue encouraging young photographers to share their stories. 

With an enduring belief in the power of photography, and of young voices, to change our worldview, Beth founded PhotoU in 2016. 

Beth spends her free time doing freelance photography, backpacking, and traveling the world – camera in hand and eyes open for the stories that change our lives.