Underground gallery shows

SPRING ’09 GALLERY EXHIBITION: Photo journalist Brenda Ann Kenneally’s "Upstate Girls: What Became of Collar City"


Check out more about Brenda Ann Kenneally’s “Upstate Girls”  at:  the Raw Files.


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“Upstate Girls” is a look at a part of working class America that, despite sweeping technological advances, remains essentially unchanged since the heyday of the Industrial Revolution—an indictment of the by-products of globalization that shape the American visual and social landscape. The ongoing project aims deep into the emotional and psychological cycle of poverty from a women’s eye view.

The photographs are on display in the Underground Gallery at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, available for viewing an hour before, during and an hour after events and by arrangement. Visit for more of Brenda Ann Kenneally’s work.

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Award-winning photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally is a mother and an independent journalist whose long-term projects are intimate portraits of social issues that intersect where the personal is political. She began reporting in 2004 on the lives of five teen girls from north Troy who would come of age in an industrial city in post-industrial America. She is working to push the boundaries of the social document, using the web as a tool to expand and contextualize her immersion style of reporting. Her many awards include the W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, a Soros Criminal Justice Fellowship, the Mother Jones Documentary Photography Award, the International Prize for Photojournalism, a Nikon Sabbatical Grant, the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism award, and the Cannon Female Photojournalism Grant. Born in Albany, she now lives in Brooklyn.