About the Book
The day arrives when you can no longer remain mute and you reach for your hundred-year old 4x5 Crown Graphic - the most potent camera in your arsenal. You promise yourself to make portraits every Sunday morning on Beacon Street, asking people how long it's been since they’ve had a solid roof overhead and what it is they most need. Processing film in the kitchen leaves enough time to scan film and make prints for each person the following Sunday, if you can find them. If they haven't been arrested in yet another police raid. Tents confiscated along with personal possessions can be re-claimed at a precinct thirty miles away. Days later people are released from prison and return to their previous places on the sidewalks. They return because they’ve no other place to go than this patch of park overlooking the largest port in the country in the throes of redevelopment.
A close friend says, "the people in your portraits look just like ordinary people," and you explain that is the whole point. They are the we, and you realize you've no choice but to expand the essay.
Annie Appel is a documentary/fine arts photographer whose work can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as private and corporate collections throughout the United States.