"It's always a balance you kind of have to have…being active and engaging and then stepping back…I reduce totally myself to the camera. Forget about me and how I look… I am really just there to take a picture."
Louisa Marie Summer is a German born documentary photographer living in Brooklyn. While she was an MFA student at Rhode Island School of Design she was struck by how diverse the neighborhoods were on Rhode Island and how close the neighborhoods were to each other. This curiosity led to her book "Jennifer's Family" which we talk about in this episode. Her interest in social inequality has become a signature part of her work, but it is also present in the photography workshops she teaches to underprivileged adults and people living with varying needs. Following some of the most traditional uses of photography, Louisa uses it to document inequality and to help improve people's lives.
Jennifer's Family © Louisa Marie Summer
Youth in the Republic of Georgia © Louisa Marie Summer
What Remains of the Future - Siberia © Louisa Marie Summer
Kai, Louisa, & Michael