In the early 1980s, while a staff photographer for United Press International (UPI) in Washington, D.C., Jim Hubbard began documenting the lives of the homeless. Over time, he found that whenever he took pictures of the families the children wanted to hold and look through his camera. It was this innocent curiosity and enthusiasm that inspired Hubbard to establish a program that would enable the homeless children to learn photographic skills and document their world.
In 1989, Jim Hubbard created Shooting Back, an organization dedicated to empowering children at risk by teaching them photography. The name was coined from a spontaneous comment by one of the young participants in the program: when asked why he was photographing his own world, the homeless child responded, “I’m shooting back.”