Louisa Marie Summer: Jennifer’s Family
Louisa was born in Munich, Germany, received her undergraduate degree in Photo Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, and her MFA in Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. She now lives and works in New York and is working as a freelance photographer and teaching for non-profit art organizations with students with special needs. Together with the NYC non-profit organization “Rehabilitation Through Photography”, she helps people to improve their lives through photography.
Louisa’s work has been exhibited worldwide, and has received numerous awards and nominations. She was a selected student of the Edie Adams Workshops, and has been featured in a range of publications.
The photographs of Jennifer’s Family share my experience with Jennifer, a 26 year-old first-generation Puerto Rican woman, whom one day I approached in South Providence, RI. This area is an urban neighborhood with a large African-American and Hispanic population, high unemployment and crime rates, and where many families live well below the poverty line.
Over time I literally became part of the daily life of an America family I care for and who cares for me. The quote of Jennifer’s life partner and also the title of my short video documentary, Respect Goes a Long Way perfectly expresses our relationship based on mutual trust, respect, and understanding.
With this work I want to give people a voice, particularly those who cope with poverty and despair. I am convinced that honest and compassionate images play an important role as a “social conscience” that can change people’s views or at least raise awareness.
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