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Kuni Takahashi November 18, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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Rosary Higgins, from the the project: Illinois’ Hidden Poverty

Kuni Takahashi (b. 1966, Japan) came to the United States in 1990 and studied photojournalism at the Maine Photo Workshops, the New England School of Photography in Boston and the Eddie Adams Workshop in New York. He joined the Chicago Tribune as a staff photographer in 2004 after spending eight years as a staff photographer at the Boston Herald. Takahashi has covered major domestic and international events and won many photography awards, including  competitions by World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International (POYi), National Press Photographers Association. He was also named as Boston Press Photographers Association’s Photographer of the Year in 1996 and 2003. He is currently based in Mumbai.

About the Photograph:

“Sixty-nine-year old Rosary Higgins was one of the subjects for the project, “Illinois’ hidden poverty”. Rosary, who has no income aside from a monthly Social Security check of $650, barely scrapes by with food from the pantry and getting her rent discounted by picking up litter around her building. She was a very patriotic person. She wore an American flag scarf all the time – her trademark. She often talked about her concerns and sympathies for U.S soldiers but she was very angry at the government for its health care and welfare policies.One late afternoon, I was spending time with her outside her apartment. As the late afternoon sunlight was slipping through between the trees, she began to talk about how angry she was about the government not taking care of poor seniors like herself who are stuck in poverty despite their efforts to get out. At one moment, she put her head down and held her forehead as if she had annoying headache. I made a few frames.”

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