Lisa Krantz June 4, 2008Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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The Edwards Family. San Antonio, Texas 2007
Lisa Krantz is a staff photographer at the San Antonio Express-News where she has worked since March 2004. She has covered diverse stories such as the selection of Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, HIV issues in Africa, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. She was the 2005 NPPA Region 8 Photographer of the Year and runner-up for 2004 and 2006. Her work has been recognized by POYi, Best of Photojournalism, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and the Southern Short Course. Krantz received her Masters degree in Photography from Syracuse University and a Psychology degree from Florida State University. Lisa is currently documenting the transition of a small Texas Hill town as it struggles with maintaining its country identity in the midst of modern development and urban sprawl.
About the Photograph:
“I met the Edwards family during a daily newspaper assignment to find and photograph a family with school age children living at the Salvation Army, dealing with the pressures of starting the school year with no home. The Edwards family had been at the shelter for several days and had five children starting school the next day. I spent the evening with them as they carefully laid out their first day of school clothes, all donated, and returned at 6 am to go with them to their new schools. I photographed the family over the next few days knowing the story would run soon. I continued to photograph the family after the story ran as they moved into an apartment in hopes of a future story. The family was so anxious to leave the shelter, they moved into the apartment with no furniture. The first few nights, the entire family slept together in a tiny room on the only carpeted floor. In this picture, Breanna Edwards, 14, cuddles with her mother, Laura Edwards, while Austin Edwards, 16, lies nearby on their second night in the apartment. I have continued to photograph the family and a follow-up story will run soon as the school year comes to a close this week. “