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Reed Young January 12, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

Barrow, Alaska 2010

Reed Young (b. 1982, USA) is a freelance photographer based in New York.  After graduating from Brooks Institute in 2005, he was awarded a year long residency at FABRICA, the Communication Research Center of Benetton Group in Treviso, Italy. At FABRICA he worked for a number of publications while finding his voice in journalistic portraiture. He has worked for publications including New York Magazine, Dwell, Fast Company, Inc., Wired Italy, GQ Italy, Colors Magazine, Ventiquattro, D La Repubblica, and Apollo. In March he was selected as one of 2010’s PDN 30 up and coming photographers to watch.

About the Photograph:

“In April of 2010 I traveled 300 miles north of the arctic circle to the small town of Barrow, Alaska. I wanted to focus on this town for many reasons, but the most interesting to me was that over 40 percent of the residents are non-native people who have immigrated to Barrow with the hopes of making more money than they did back home. To do this I needed to learn both sides of the story and I was lucky to meet the Panigeo’s, a native family who live at the edge of town. This is a photograph of the head of the family, Mabel Panigeo. Only recently have modern amenities like the Internet, television and brand-name clothing become available in this isolated town. Like most of the older natives, she hand made this traditional Eskimo parka from a pattern that has been passed down for more than 1,000 years. Mabel is concerned that her grandchildren’s generation will lose the traditional Inupiat values and customs if she doesn’t continue to reinforce their integrity.”