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Opening in the Underground Gallery: “Upstate Girls – What Became of Collar City”

March 21, 2009 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm EDT

The photographs are on display in the Underground Gallery at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, available for viewing an hour before, during and an hour after events and by arrangement. Upstate Girls is a look at part of working class America, that, despite sweeping technological advances, remains essentially unchanged since the heyday of the Industrial Revolution – an indictment of the by-products of globalization that shape the American social and visual landscape. The ongoing project aims deep into the emotional and psychological cycle of poverty from a women’s eye view.

Award-winning photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally is a mother and an independent journalist whose long-term projects are intimate portraits of social issues that intersect where the personal is political. She began reporting in 2004 on the lives of five teen girls from North Troy who would come of age in an industrial city in post-industrial America. She works to push the boundaries of the social document, using the web as a tool to expand and contextualize her immersion style of reporting. Kenneally’s many awards include the W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, a Soros Criminal Justice Fellowship, the Mother Jones Documentary Photography Award, the International Prize for Photojournalism, a Nikon Sabbatical Grant, the National Press Photographers Association best of Photojournalism award, and the Cannon Female Photojournalism Grant. Born in Albany, she now lives in Brooklyn.

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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