In 2000 I moved to Washington DC.  The neighborhood I lived in had, through the eighties and nineties, been laid waste by the twin epidemics of crack and poverty.  One of the most obvious victims of the flight from this area by those who could afford it was the number of abandoned public schools left behind.  These empty shells sat awaiting the inevitable developer driven transition into high priced loft spaces and condominiums.  Armed with an old medium format Soviet era twin-lens camera I tried to document what had been left behind as a reflection on loss and the mistaken valuing of real estate profit over public education in America’s poor neighborhoods.  These photographs are printed life sized in order to allow the viewer an entrance into the space as it once was.

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