Stories of Migration

The Past as Road to Tomorrow       Penny Mateer  •  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

The Past as Road to Tomorrow
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60 x 80 inches - photo by Larry Berman

As the U.S. questions its immigration policies while forgetting how the country was founded, humanitarian crisis grows in Europe as thousands flee war and oppression, risking death and enduring incredible hardships in search of safety and security. Newspaper photojournalists tell their desperate stories, but I am concerned that the visual impact of their work is diminished with the ongoing shift of news delivery from holding the newspaper to viewing a screen. I am compelled to reimagine their work and confront viewers with these uncomfortable realities that they might otherwise avoid with just one click.

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