Seen and Unseen

Photographs and Text by Mary Beth Meehan ’89

In photographing strangers, one alumna tries to understand something of the people who live in her city.

Last year I began walking around Providence, where I live, and photographing strangers. In my career as a photographer I have worked mostly candidly, responding to an action as it unfolds. With this project I wanted to explore portraiture: someone agrees to be photographed by me, but then what do I do?  

Photographer Mary Beth Meehan '89

In her City of Champions project, photographer Mary Beth Meehan returns to her hometown of Brockton, Mass., to document a city that has seen, over the past two decades, rapid deindustrialization and a sharp rise in unemployment and crime.