Join Jeffrey at the gallery for a conversation about Kensington Blues, the exhibition and the book, his Photographic process and more.
As the current Heroin epidemic tightens its grip across America, Stockbridge’s photographic fieldwork provides a timely and insightful look into the causes and effects of addiction bolstered by the intimate first person narratives of his subjects.
This series, made between 2008 and 2014 and begun in the wake of the financial collapse, exposes one of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable populations. During the nineteenth century, Kensington was a strong working-class neighborhood, a national leader of the textile industry and home to a diverse population of immigrants. Industrial restructuring of the mid- 20th century lead to a sharp economic decline including high unemployment and a significant population loss. Today, Kensington Avenue runs three miles through what is now a dangerous and crime-ridden neighborhood infamous for drug abuse and prostitution.
In the Artist’s words: “The focus of my work is portraiture… I am interested in how people survive the neighborhood and themselves. I ask residents to share their stories and I record the audio or have them write in my journal. The goal of my work is to enable people to relate to one-another in a fundamentally human way, despite any commonly perceived differences. I rely on the trust and sincerity of those I photograph to help me in this process.”