"There are photographic projects where it becomes evident that the photographer is just a visitor, dropping in to take a photo-op, collect some photo-trophies and then rushes back home for the evening to spend time with their spouse and kids. With Zoe Strauss's recent project, 'America,' published by AMMO Books, I quickly understand that these rough and tumble neighborhoods of South Philly are where she lives. She is not a stranger, but a local, calling this area home." —Photo-Eye Magazine
About the Author
Born in Philadelphia, Strauss, a self-taught photographer was given a camera for her 30th birthday and started taking pictures of life in the city's marginal neighborhoods. Described as the chronicler of Philadelphia's mean streets and the town's own Diane Arbus, Under I-95 is the title of her attention-grabbing annual installation. Shows, awards, acclaim and fellowships soon followed the receipt fo her first camera - 2002 Leeway Grant, 2004 Arcadia Works on Paper award, 2005 Pew Fellow Award and Zoe Strauss Night at the Whitney Museum in 2006.