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The Urban Cave - Andrea Star Reese

Statement

THE URBAN CAVE

This series comes from time spent on the street following unsheltered men and women who are part of an illusive culture not always considered with sympathy, and yet accept my company. Homeless men and women continue to cooperate with me out of a desire to tell their story. Sometimes they just tell me to follow them. I wait months for things to occur naturally and for trust to develop so that I can go deeper.
It is essential to me that I shoot in a way that communicates respect and preserves the quality of light and shadow. The images are my response to the beauty of a place and people, and to the dignity, determination, and perseverance of this society.
Fragile and resilient, tragic and beautiful, self-destructive yet surviving, these homeless men and women are just people. Neither more than us, nor less than us they are a part of us. And they are apart from us. Nothing is simple in the shadows of the street.

Andrea Star Reese

CV

Andrea Star Reese is an emerging photojournalist based in New York. Formerly a free-lance videographer, Reese began her transition to still photography in 2007. A graduate of The International Center of Photography in 2008, she received her BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts School of Film/Video.

In 2007, Reese started her work on The Urban Cave, a project on long term unsheltered men and women living in makeshift housing in New York City. Recently her work has been exhibited at Visa Pour L’Image 2010 in Perpignan France, at Images’10 in Vevey Switzerland, and included in the traveling group show reGeneration2 under the Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Andrea Star Reese is a 2010 fellow in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts.