Impossible Photojournalisms is a forthcoming book of experimental imagemaking. It stems from a project from my graduate thesis titled “Locations Absent of Crime.”
In “Locations Absent of Crime,” I co-opt a public photographic database from the NYC department of records. The photos from the database are property lot photographs, devoid of people and social activity. I accordingly relabel them “Locations Absent of Crime.” Notably, the photographs were originally produced during the same years that Broken Windows Theory was first published and subsequently implemented as policy in New York City. In an exercise that conflates depiction with suggestion, I reconfigure the database as a form of photojournalism that reports on an invisible war on citizens.
This project was featured on The Atlantic’s CityLab.