2007 - present
The Exile Project is a series of portraits of people who live in one language but have their hearts in another. It is a project about language and identity which examines the difficulties we all face trying to communicate through language and across cultural borders. The subjects photographed in this series are, for a variety of reasons, existing in a language other than that of their birth. Each subject is asked to consider the basic question, what happens to the mother tongue when it exists, separated or unused, in a state of cultural isolation?
The Endangered Language Alliance in collaboration with City Lore and Bowery Arts + Science presented "Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond," from January through April 2015 at City Lore gallery. See images from this exhibition.
EXHIBITION FEATURED IN THE BROOKLYN RAIL, APRIL 2015
Written by Bob Holman
2006 - 2007
150 Years is a conversation across a chasm of time. Diptychs pair daguerreotypes from the 1850's with present-day portraits—faces juxtaposed beyond the reach of any single human lifetime. 150 Years is also a conversation between a contemporary photographer and those who made photographic images at a time when photography was new and magical.
2003 - 2005
From the 1920’s through the 1940’s, bits and pieces of my family sailed into New York harbor escaping persecution and war in Europe, passing through a bewildering bureaucratic maze called Ellis Island. There were so many torments there, so many injustices and forgotten tragedies. Yet their successful passage through turned Ellis Island into a hopeful metaphor for my family, as it did for many millions of other new Americans.