Taken over the past decade, Upstate Girls by Brenda Ann Kenneally is a photographic series that depicts people living below the poverty line in Troy, New York. The photographer and 'digital folk artist' hails from Troy herself and is dedicated to documenting the people of Troy's struggles. The town is dealing with many social problems, one of which is 70% of poor households are headed by single mothers.
As shown in Slate, these particularly poignant portraits of Troy residents are very revealing. Brenda Ann Kenneally makes a point of getting to know her subjects -- their stories, family background, children, etc. -- to better share their experiences with the world. She also keeps track of her subjects, coming back to them and learning of new developments.
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