'Picturesque Cincinnati' examines how a living, breathing city is depicted—be it idealized through a tourist-friendly sightseeing book, or through our own nostalgia. Cincinnati, Ohio was once the ‘Queen City,’ the largest in the West after the Civil War. It’s Gilded Age splendor was fueled by manufacturing, facilitated by the Miami-Erie Canal and the mighty Ohio River. We live out our lives within the vestiges of our ancestors pursuits. Photography can illuminate our society’s triumphs, or the failures lived out in a dynamic landscape. Cincinnati was my home; this is how I have come to understand it.
The Open Daybook, David Earle, ed., Mark Batty and Random House, New York, 2010 Blind Spot Issue 41, Dana Faconti, ed., Blind Spot Magazine, Annandale-on-Hudson, 2009 Mamaroneck: History of a Village, David La Spina, J+L Books, Atlanta, 2009 Yale M.F.A. 2009: We Belong Together, Paul Graham, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, 2009 Various Photographs, Tim Barber, ed., TV Books, New York, 2008 Blind Spot Issue 35, Jason Fulford, ed., Blind Spot Magazine, New York, 2007 Paper Placemats, Jason Fulford, ed., J+L Books with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta, 2007
The pursuit of a home is a universal desire. The tireless efforts of building, refining, solidifying, and perfecting our homes are central to human experience. My work examines the current American relationship with this pursuit—how this idealization forces our society to overextend its means, to build homes upon the backs of the deprived, and commits others to living in inhospitable conditions.
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