Will Steacy
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Cigarettes, Philadelphia, 2009
Will Steacy (born 1980, Philadelphia, PA; lives in New York, NY)

Todd Hido: “These images are signs in the world around us, signs that people don’t care. Steacy is choosing the most depressing things that you could possibly take a picture of—they feel like crime scene photographs.

These photographs are part of the project Down These Mean Streets, in which Will Steacy explores the neglect and isolation of urban America by walking at night from a city’s airport to its central business district, camera in hand. Evidence of muggings, litter and vandalism abound, with photographs from various cities combining to form a universal portrait of despair.

- Danielle Meeker