Since 1996, photographer Kenneally has documented the families in her Brooklyn neighborhood, witnessing their struggles with poverty, social institutions, and drugs. Her poignant, psychological photographs span generations, tracing everyday people and narrating their tales of hope and despair. She chronicles pregnancies and births, institutions and streets, and shows a community of inner-city families both full of life and still institutionalized by the welfare system. Her work is fully present, alive to the moment, realistic. Her images draw us to experience the depths and complexities of family life in the American social and justice systems, and the nearly total abandonment of the poor.
About the author
Brenda Ann Kenneally is a documentary photographer specializing in social causes and the illegal drug economy. Her work has been featured in the NYT Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Ms. She won the 2000 Community Awareness Award from the National Press Photographer's Association, and the 2001 International Prize for Photojournalism. This project has been funded by, among others, Mother Jones and Nikon.
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is the author of the award-winning Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx (0684863871).