Perspectives on Photography by Jeffrey Wolin
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Hear Jeffrey Wolin discuss his photographic series, Pigeon Hill: Then & Now. For more than 25 years, Wolin has combined photographic portraiture with handwritten text, exploring issues about memory and identity. Beginning in 1985, Wolin turned the camera on himself, writing personal stories directly on photographs that related to his life. Soon after, he began photographing residents of Pigeon Hill, a low-income area in his hometown, Bloomington, Indiana. In 2010, while reading an article in the local paper about a murder, Wolin realized he had photographed the victim on the Hill decades prior. It was then that he decided to find the people he had met in Pigeon Hill, and continue their stories. “Pigeon Hill: Then & Now” features a selection of people Wolin worked with from 1987-91. Through Internet searches, word-of-mouth and visits to the housing complex, Wolin found dozens of people who posed for him when they were young.