One of PPAC’s members, Lori Waselchuk has been named a 2012 Pew Fellow.
“Making photographs that describe human connection is the least difficult part of my artistic mission,” says documentary photographer Lori Waselchuk. “The challenge lies in presenting the work imaginatively and provocatively to bring an audience to a new understanding of that love.” Her photographs of post-Katrina New Orleans and the hospice at Angola Prison in Louisiana bring us into intimate contact with these complex subjects. Captivated at an early age by news photos in LIFE magazine, Waselchuk’s work is project-based and interactive; she engages in conversation and collaboration with the people she photographs, which often leads to new and unexpected artistic directions. Grace Before Dying, her photographic documentary about the Louisiana prison hospice, generated a publication and a traveling exhibition that showed in prisons and public spaces in Philadelphia; Boise, ID; Washington, DC; and elsewhere. Waselchuk’s images have appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide, including Newsweek, Time, LIFE, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. She is currently interviewing and photographing block captains in various Philadelphia neighborhoods for a new a project that will reveal the individual and shared histories of this city’s diverse citizenry.