Brad Temkin - Rooftop

This project explores Washington's most disenfranchised communities. East of the River takes its name from the poorest area of our nation's capital, which is bifurcated from the rest of the city by the Anacostia River, upon whose banks the local Native Americans once enjoyed rich fishing grounds. Today, when talking about Anacostia and East of the river communities, one is invariably talking about poverty, unemployment, and public assistance. Most people don’t know that this other part of Washington exists, that Washington itself embodies this paradox of modern society where rich and poor are becoming more stratified. Our people are some of the brightest and wealthiest in the nation, but here in Ward 8 we also have a level of poverty on par with Alabama. Of course there is much more than this simple reductionism, but a dissonance endures.

Susana Raab

Jason Florio

Susana Raab is a fine-art and documentary photographer based in Washington, DC, working as the photographer for the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.

At the heart of her work is a search for the archetypical and ordinary: man’s relationship within his environment, identity and its constructs, and transcendence or evolution. Susana’s work has been exhibited internationally and nationally, at venues including: the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Madrid, the Pingyao PhotoFestival, Noorderlicht Fotofestival, and the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC. Her work is held in the collections of the National Museum of American History, The Library of Congress, The Art Museum of the Americas, the EnFoco Collection, and the DC Public Art Bank.