For nearly forty years, Helen M. Stummer chronicled urban communities affected by economic hardship in New York and New Jersey. Working in the tradition of social documentary that Cornell Capa, ICP’s founder, termed “concerned photography,” Stummer focused on specific neighborhoods, blocks, buildings, and families over many years. Her intimate, poetic, and powerful images tell the stories of her subjects with compassion and real knowledge of their circumstances.
(Photo: Helen M. Stummer, Danielle on 322 Rooftop, Newark, New Jersey, 1990. © Helen Stummer.)