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Noah Rabinowitz March 16, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ohio University, United States.

Santiago Family, New Plymouth, Ohio 2008

Noah Rabinowitz is currently studying photojournalism, the history of cultural radicals and the framework linking gender and environmental development at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He has interned with The Denver Post, The White House Photo Office, The Concord Monitor and The Free Lance-Star. He has been recognized by College Photographer of the Year, The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, The Southern Short Course, The Society of Professional Journalists and the Ohio News Photographer’s Association. Noah also contributed to a multimedia project that was recognized by Pictures of the Year International and Best of Photojournalism. Noah was awarded an internship with The White House Photo Office and an assignment from The New York Times for his work at the 2007 Eddie Adams Workshop.

About the Photograph:

“The Santiago family lives in the impoverished Appalachian region of Ohio, a few miles from my home, and many miles from any economic opportunity. I started documenting Grace and her family in 2007. In this image, Grace is melting copper wire that the children collected from an abandoned trailer. The family is supported fiscally by welfare and trash collection alone. With this collection of images centering around Grace Santiago, I hope to show the genuine love and support that exists within the family despite their dire circumstances. These images are an attempt to take “the other” out of rural poverty, by making their humanity my central focus. Grace, suffers from crohn’s disease, and also cares for seven of her grandchildren as well as her mother.”


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2. Kayti - May 4, 2009

Overall, I enjoy this image, however, it is challenging as a documentary photographer to not do what has already been done. I appreciate the effort of opening an eye to a region not see often. It is expected to view images such as these coming from farther south in the Appalachian, but many don’t see that these images are all over the country.
Why is it that so many photojournalist focus on the impoverished? Is it because such a little space can speak so much? The space in this scene certainly speaks volumes. The viewer can feel the bond of the two in this image, but tough times affects more than just the poor, whom are easily exploited ofr photojournalism in the first place.

3. James - May 4, 2009

I can see where the artist is taking this series. With the current economic crisis, it is important for those of us not so dire circumstance to remember those who are suffering. We need to remember not only their situation, but as the artist said, their humanity. This image of a mother and her daughter doing what they need to survive is an excellent example of this. Great communication between the viewer and the artist.

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