We have a print of one of the Judy Gelles works from the Fourth Grade Project. It hangs in our house and is a source of daily reminder about the power of words and pictures; and, today after yet another mass shooting, it’s a reminder of the disease our country tolerates: guns.
“Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about? Photographer Judy Gelles traveled across the US and the world and photographed fourth graders, asking them these three questions. Told in their own words, the stories of these children, with their simple honesty, shed light on common human experiences and how our cultures and communities differ from one another—but also on how they unite us.
Judy Gelles graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Photography and her photography provides social commentary on who we are and how we think. Three years ago, she volunteered at an inner-city school near her home in Philadelphia. After months of listening to the stories of the children she worked with, she realized that what the students were telling her was important for others to hear too. Her work can be seen in the Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles, and Etherton Gallery in Tucson.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference”