Face of Brooklyn
Commissioned by the Brooklyn Historical Society, The “Face of Brooklyn” is a collection of over 281 portraits; it is an anthropological catalog, community arts initiative, and an exploration of the notion of archive. Each resident of the borough who volunteered to pose for my camera offered demographic and personal information to be added to the catalog. In addition, each participant also received a copy of his or her photograph.
To find as wide of demographic sampling as possible, I moved my studio outdoors and erected makeshift studios in parks. At the time, it didn’t seem significant. But as I had once been interested in how an individual might be lost in the trappings of archetypes, moving outside, moved the subject of my photographs, as well.