The Erik James Montgomery Foundation is a not for profit organization
established to create public works of photographic art throughout the world.
The Foundation has a special focus on instructing today’s at-risk youth
to become the photographers of tomorrow.
The Erik James Montgomery Foundation creates photographic public art to inform the entire world
about the world they live in. Additionally, the adolescents in our programs learn important strategies to
overcome low self-esteem, unrealistic self image and sub-standard academic scores. This is accomplished
through short and long-term workshops held at public schools, professional photography studios,
correctional facilities, churches and community centers.
Photography is one the most popular art forms in the world today. Over the past 150 years, people were able
to learn and discover distant foreign lands, the vastness of outer space and the uniqueness of oneself through the vehicle of photography. Today, with the advancement of technology, photography will continue to be the major form of world communication through art. The Erik James Montgomery Foundation will continue to create platforms throughout the world for people to learn, explore and express themselves through the vehicle of photography.
Erik James Montgomery is a fine art photographer who creates relevant, thought-provoking, visually unique imagery. He grew up in the inner city of East Orange, New Jersey where many of his peers fell into the traps of crime, drugs, self-hate, and unemployment. Determined not to become a statistic but an over-comer, Erik chose to delve
into various genres of art including illustrations, graffiti and eventually photography.
Erik is the owner and head photographer of EJM Photography located in southwest New Jersey.
EJM Photography creates personalized portraits, inspirational images, and provides photographic coverage
for special events and weddings. Additionally, Erik has showcased his photography at various art galleries,
colleges and community events over the past 20 years.
In 2011, Erik founded The Erik James Montgomery Foundation. The EJM Foundation is dedicated to instructing
at-risk youth in the artistic development of professional photography. His students learn the fundamentals of
the craft as well as being introduced to entrepreneurship. The Foundation also creates public works of art
for impoverished neighborhoods in order to transform blight into beauty.
Erik is tirelessly working on several projects including PSA’s targeted at social issues, a photographic version
of the Bible and several exhibits featuring his artwork. Through exhibits, photographic books, public art and various collaborations, he plans to make his impact felt for generations to come. Erik James Montgomery says, “Photography is a powerful form of communication for me because it transcends all the barriers of language.
I am able to speak to anyone in the world, about their world, in order to change the world.”
You can view Erik James Montgomery's photography at www.ejmphoto.com.
Erik James Montgomery Foundation: Mission & Vision