Past Projects

Victoria Fleischer: The Sacrifices They Make, 2010-2011

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Introduction by Victoria Fleischer “Education is a prerequisite for survival in America today.” —Ismail Aburrashid, an alternative education instructor in Dorchester The Sacrifices They Make Stories of College Bound Educators In today’s climate, higher education is critical. In Dorchester, Massachusetts, only 20 percent of sixteen- to nineteen-year-old high school dropouts were employed...

Erika Simon: The City School, 2009-2010

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Introduction by Erika Simon One Wednesday, a month and a half into my Hine Fellowship, I came to The City School (TCS) and found a small table set in the middle of the gathering space. On top of the table was a tall votive candle, still burning, and a photo of Ivol Brown propped up against a bottle of wildflowers. Everything else was business as usual, and no one was paying attention to the...

Anne Weber: The Geography of Marriage, 2009-2010

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Introduction by Anne Weber "In the United States every State and every Territory enacts its own peculiar code of laws on the subject of marriage and divorce. . . . Since every state, territory and country has legislated independently on these important subjects, the rules with regard to marital rights and obligations are as diverse and varied as the geography of the world." —William...

Christina Wegs: The Red Room: Making Music Out of Life, 2008-2009

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Introduction by Christina Wegs During 2008–2009, four young musicians - Brandon Cook, Kenneth Emiliano, Penelope de la Rosa and Aneudis Rosario - created an album of original music about their lives. They worked together in a red music studio at the Hyde Square Task Force in Jamaica Plain, with the support of their teacher and mentor David Szebeda. For ten months, I documented their...

Gretchen Ferber: Something More Out of Life, 2008-2009

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"I was sixteen and a half when I went to jail for the first time because I committed an adult crime. Before then, I had scouts coming to see me in baseball and basketball, but I just wanted to hang with the boys. After wasting five years, no one was coming for me. It’s been hell from that point on. A year ago I ended up doing more time, and I began to look at my life as a forty-something-year-old...

Rebecca Herman: Documented: Stories from Both Sides of the Border, 2007-2008

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To celebrate International Women's Day, Hine Fellow Rebecca Herman asked participants of the Roca Immigrant and Refugee Initiative to bring in a photograph of a woman they wished to celebrate and write why this woman is of particular importance to them.   Introduction by Rebecca Herman As a Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow from 2007 to 2008, I worked with the Immigrant and Refugee...

Emma Raynes: Pai, Estou Te Esperando / Father, I Am Waiting for You, 2007-2008

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Letters written by Jose Maria Alves Gomes, a migrant sugarcane cutter, his wife, Mariana Romalho Gomes, and their children over the past twenty-seven years, and sugarcane growing in fields near Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil, in 2007. Photographic collage by Emma Raynes. Introduction by Emma Raynes Since the early 1980s, Brazilian migrant workers have traveled hundreds of miles...

Amanda Van Scoyoc: Raising Them Right, 2007-2008

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  I thought he was going to change. Through the four-and-a-half years that we’d been together he had always cheated on me. So he said, “I promise I’ll change. I’ll never play you cause I love my son, cause I want us to be a happy family.” So we moved to New York. We were there for about eight months. The fourth month he started to do the same thing. Sindy, age 19, and her son, Rey...

Libby Conn: Project Hope, 2006-2007

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Fatima and her baby. Photograph by Libby Conn. Introduction by Libby Conn By the fall of 2006 when I arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, the U.S. economy was already slowing down, if not yet dominating the headlines. The subprime mortgage crisis was beginning to reveal itself, and rising oil prices were driving up the costs of gas, oil for heating homes, and food. Healthcare costs had more...

Annie Dlugokecki: The Family Portrait Project, 2006-2007

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On June 19, 2006, members of the Julie’s community as well as the larger Boston community gathered at the gallery reception for Julie’s Family Portrait Project. Photograph by Justin Ide. Introduction by Annie Dlugokecki Julie’s Family Learning Program, founded by two Sisters of Notre Dame, is a nonprofit organization in South Boston, Massachusetts, that serves low-income mothers and their...

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