the city of brotherly

Diane, an employee at Fabric Care Laundromat, watched as police investigated a crime scene in Brewerytown, a gentrified section of North Philadelphia, August 2015. "We are supposed to be the City of Brotherly Love. This is the City of Brotherly Hate," she said. Police say an unidentified man shot a 48-year-old man in the chest and arm inside an auto repair garage on the 2700 block of West Cabot Street around 5:30 p.m. The victim, who was a mechanic at the garage, was pronounced dead shortly after. 

In Philadelphia over the past 25 years nearly one person is killed a day, 75% of the time by gunfire. Roughly 80% of those stories are never reported in the news. A study by the University of Pennsylvania  found it to be more dangerous to be a young black (18-25) male in Philadelphia than a soldier at the peak of the Iraq war. Additionally, Philadelphia is one of the poorest city's in the United States. 26% Philadelphians live below the poverty line.

This photography project is a documentation of Philadelphian's living in the city's most underreported communities.