Project Midtown by Meredith Davenport
Upstate Girl by Brenda Ann Kenneally
Photojournalist Brenda Ann Kenneally has spent 10 years documenting the lives of women living in Troy, NY below the poverty line. In the process she has gathered 13 terabytes of video documentation, thousands of photos, hundreds of letters written from prison, and historical documents related to social and political forces that have shaped the issues around poverty in the US. With the support of students and faculty at RIT and staff and students at VSW, the long-term project is to build an interactive online documentary and series of books. “Upstate Girl” is an in-progress look at Keneally’s process and her direct involvement with the women documented in her project.
Memory City by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
Photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb take an elegiac look at Rochester, New York, a city that for 125 years has been the home of Eastman Kodak, which declared bankruptcy in 2012. The photographs in Memory City, made during what may be the last days of film as we know it, are a meditation on film, memory, time, and the city itself. For this project, Alex took images with his last rolls of Kodachrome, a formerly vibrant color film that can now only be processed as black-and white. The resulting photos have a weathered quality akin to a fading memory. Alex also took to the streets of Rochester and shot in digital color – work that punctuates the black and white work with images from his signature style. Rebecca, who still uses film for all her work, responded to the medium’s uncertain future by creating an elegiac refrain of color still lifes and portraits of Rochester women past and present.
Memory City is a forthcoming book published by Radius Books. It will be available at the VSW Bookstore.