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At Times Witty, Touching, And Downright Shocking

Zoe Strauss’s America shines a light on the often unseen people and places in the United States today. Once in a great while, a photographer and their photographs break new ground and people sit right up and take notice. Zoe Strauss is such a photographer. The Philadelphia native who has brought us searing images of that city’s marginalized people and places on the fringe of society, has taken her no holds barred, up close and personal style of photography to the roads less traveled across America.

Urban Jungles And Natural Havens

Fear And The Abandonment Of America’s Inner Cities

“Down These Mean Streets” examines fear and the abandonment of America’s inner cities. Photographing only at night with a large format view camera, I work in a set routine by walking between the airport and central business district of each city I photograph. My focus is the neighborhoods you wouldnt want to be in at night; the part of town you drive through – not to.

Life At The Waypoints Of America’s Truckers

“Hurry Up & Wait” is an ongoing collection of images exploring the obscure and anonymous life of America’s trucking culture. Driving for a year in our own tractor-trailer, we focus on the banal repetition and periods of isolation from constant movement on the road. These images are a byproduct of the world we entered and a glimpse of the places eighteen-wheelers are allowed. We are constantly faced with the same landscape regardless of location, from moments of obliged waiting in truck stops to backing into the docks of a warehouse. This is where we photograph.

Construction Firms Built More Than 300,000 Houses

Alejandro Cartegena focuses his lens on the development in Northern Mexico in a series of projects from which this portfolio is drawn. The rapid modernization and quick pace of pre-fab construction threatens not only local natural resources but also the traditional culture of the region.

The Need To Be Connected To Something Greater

“American Faith,” by Chris Churchill is an enlightening look at American’s conception of Faith in this fraught era. Churchill does not pretend to create a comprehensive cross-section of citizens but, nonetheless, this project is a collective portrait.

A Longstanding Traveler, Wanderer And Seeker

In this series, photographed over two years of travel, Justine Kurland focuses on the distinct, nomadic subculture of the hobo. Her images of trains, train-hoppers, and the American West allude to a hobo mythology developed in folk songs and literature. Kurland’s method combines a documentary process with romantic idealism, giving her images a naturalism inflected by utopian fantasy.