"I think about that neighborhood that's been wiped away as a crime scene…"
Stephen Hilger is the Photography Chair at Pratt Institute. His book Back of Town is a record of a transitional moment in a neighborhood of New Orleans devastated by Katrina. For 5 years from 2008 to 2012 Stephen recorded the struggle between preserving and demolishing the area officially known as "Lower Mid City" but commonly called the "Back of Town." We talk about Back of Town, growing up and photographing in Los Angeles, including his series on the famed Ambassador Hotel, and we talk about his time so far at Pratt and his vision for the future of the program.
Stairway (Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles) 2005 © Stephen Hilger
Los Angeles, 2016 © Stephen Hilger
Kai, Stephen, & Michael