Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow 2009-2010
Anne Weber received her B.A. in art (cum laude) from Yale University. A photographer and a painter, she has exhibited work in the U.S. and abroad, and has been awarded a number of grants and residencies, including a Vermont Studio Center residency, Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship, Wooden Fish Fellowship (Japan), Morse Traveling Fellowship, and Louis Sudler Grant. She has worked on documentary projects examining the impact of the Three Gorges Dam in China as well as the rise and fall of the oil industry in southeastern Illinois.
Anne completed her Certificate in Documentary Studies at the Center for Documentary Studies in 2009. For her final project, she offered her services as a wedding photographer at the Wake County Courthouse in North Carolina, providing participating couples a copy of their portrait free of charge. Each couple filled out a basic questionnaire in which they provided a snapshot of who they are and why they were there. “I became interested in how marriage is and has been defined legally, as well as how people define marriage for themselves: as a spiritual union, a legally binding procedure, a proclamation of love, a passport to a new life, or something else entirely,” she says.
Anne worked with Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA). The organization’s origins date to 1968, when a group of predominately Puerto Rican activists founded Villa Victoria, a 435-unit housing community of 3,000 residents that remains an affordable housing oasis in Boston’s South End.