Entry Title: "Surviving Camden"
Name: Kate Pollard Hoffmann , United States
Category and Expertise: Portrait|Deeper Perspective, Professional
Entry Description: -
Story: Camden, New Jersey is one of the most dangerous cities in America. For many families, it is the city that they call home. Children grow up amongst extreme violence and murder, and losing relatives (often young relatives), is far too familiar for many of the people of Camden. In this ongoing series, I document the families who are left behind to grieve their loved ones lost to bloodshed. Each family is shown in the dedicated shrine locations that they have created for the loved ones they lost. Some of the shrines are erected and decorated outside where their loved one was murdered, some are planted amongst the masses of crosses outside of City Hall, and some have created ornate shrines in and around their own homes. What these families want people to understand is that their family member was taken from them unnecessarily, and they are left to pick up the pieces after having lost someone they love to the endless and senseless violence in Camden. Since their loved ones cannot be returned to them, they want to be heard, recognized and remembered, and they are desperate for change.