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Book Publicity.  




See Everyday Life in New York City's Projects

TIME, March 24, 2015


Inhabitants were given cameras to document their own lives.



No filter: Red Hook Houses kids snap photos for new book

The Brooklyn Paper, April 1, 2015


Take a look inside.



Did We Lose the War on Poverty?

The New York Review of Books, April 23, 2015


Shadows of residents of a housing project in Red Hook, Brooklyn, 2011: photograph by Jared Wellington, a twelve-year-old workshop participant, from Project Lives: New York Public Housing Residents Photograph Their World.



Residents in New York's Projects Turn the Camera Onto Themselves

New York, April 2, 2015


"I had taken a pic of my cousin Jamara," writes Aaliyah Colon, an 11-year-old resident of the Manhattanville Houses in Harlem.



Book Puts Public Housing Life into Focus

NY1 TV, April 3, 2015


There's a new photography book called "Project Lives" that shows a slice of life at city public housing buildings.



Project Lives

annabelle (Switzerland), April 7, 2015


Get an in-depth look at life in New York's 334 housing projects.



"Project Lives" Documents Life in the Projects from the Inside-Out"

Brooklyn Magazine, April 7, 2015


Tonight at Power House Arena you can pick up a copy of Project Lives, a new book of photographs taken by dozens of New York City public housing residents.



NYCHA residents give real snapshot of their lives in public housing

PIX11-TV, April 10, 2015


For years public housing in and around New York City has undeniably developed a reputation for being riddled with crime and disrepair.



Le case della vita

Vogue Italy, April 2015


L'edilizia popolare a New York, nelle foto dei suoi abitante.



New York City public housing residents tell their stories through participatory photography

We Heart (UK), April 29, 2015


It's hard to believe, when you see their portrayals in film and on TV, that American public housing was once a good news story.



Powerful Photos Show What Life In The Projects Is Really Like

Refinery29, May 7, 2015


As of January 2015, over 403,000 people call New York City housing projects home; another 212,000 live in semi-privatized public housing (where the city pays landlords to provide affordable residences).


Bringing It Home: For "Project Lives,' Public Housing Residents Pick Up Cameras.

ARTNews, June 12, 2015


Ever wonder whether kids see the same things we do when looking around their environment?




'Project Lives': Inside the Misunderstood World of New York City's Public Housing.

Long Island Press, July 27, 2015


Beginning in 2010 a nonprofit group called Seeing for Ourselves trained over 200 residents living in New York City’s housing projects in photography, gave them Kodak disposable cameras, and sent them out to document their day-to-day lives.

Revealing and Playful Photographs of Life Inside New York City's Housing Projects

City Lab/The Atlantic, February 25, 2016


In Project Lives, residents turn a lens on their everday experiences.



Fan Base.


An Intimate Look into the Lives of NYC Public Housing Residents

BuzzFeed, March 25, 2015


"These photographs are completely different from those normally displayed by the media about project life."


Project Lives: New York Public Housing Residents Photograph Their World

apogee photo magazine, April 1, 2015


New York City is one of the most glamorous cities in the world.



American Photo, April 1, 2015


Documenting the day-to-day of New Yorkers living in the projects.



Inside America's Last Housing Projects

Politico Magazine, April 2, 2015


Photos by the residents of New York's endangered public housing.



Project Lives: New York Public Housing Residents Photograph Their World

aCurator, April 4, 2015


The photographs making up the new powerHouse book Project Lives were created by residents of New York's housing projects.



Book Launch: Project Lives

The L Magazine, April 7, 2015


Get an in-depth look at the unstable climates of New York’s 334 housing projects, told not by sensationalists, but by the individuals with intimate knowledge of these forgotten, helpless environments.



What's it like to live in NY's social housing?

Dazed and Confused (UK), April 8, 2015


Armed with a Kodak camera, residents take charge of their self-image in one of the largest participatory photography projects yet



See NYC public housing life as residents turn cameras on themselves

am new york, April 13, 2015


“The neighborhood I am in is so surprising,” writes Jared Wellington, a 13-year-old resident of the Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn.



Residents' Photographs Depict Life in New York City Projects

The New York Times, April 26, 2015


The first photograph Znya Mourning took was of her dining room table at the Bailey Houses in the Bronx.



What It's Like to Live in New York's Public Housing

Slate Magazine, April 30, 2015


During the Depression, New York City became the birthplace of public housing when it replaced unsafe tenements with towering apartment buildings to house the city's poorest residents.


Documenting Public Housing, By the People Who Call It Home.

The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC NPR, July 23, 2015


Project Lives: New York Public Housing Residents Photograph Their World is a book of photography, taken by the people who live in public housing.




New York Lives.

Creative Review, October 2015


Starved of funding and often portrayed as dismal and dangerous, New York City's public housing projects face an uncertain future.




   Noam Chomsky

Review of Project Lives

Email to editors, August 22, 2016


"It is always inspiring to see how the scorned and disenfranchised are able to take control of their lives.  When tenants of the New York projects portray their lives with the quiet dignity of the images in ‘Project Lives,’ we recognize yet again the universality of the human family.  These photographs open our eyes and uncover the warmth in our hearts.  And when an intertwined text shows so convincingly how these lives became subject to so much pressure in the first place, our concerns for social justice broaden and deepen.”



IThe Project Lives fan base continues to grow.  It now includes New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Former President Jimmy Carter, Former US First Lady Roslynn Carter, US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer, Former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messenger, New York University, Hunter College, the University of North Carolina, World Faith NGO,, the Community Service Society, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Artspace Patchogue, the fotofoto Gallery in Huntington, and the Art League of Long Island.

Program Publicity.

Glimpse Into Their Lives

New York Daily News, March 18, 2011


A mother laughing with her daughter.  A school principal at work.

Second Place, Internal Communications

National Association of Government Communicators, 2014


The extension of the program into video won a national award for government communications.

Developing Lives Photography Program

Kodak: A Thousand Words Blog, December 4, 2012


Developing Lives is a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) photography program.


Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy, May 17, 2014


The program was extensively covered by this academic publication.

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