Caleb Stein – Down by the Hudson

Caleb Stein

Down by the Hudson

[ EPF 2017 – FUJIFILM / YOUNG TALENT WINNER ]

 

“Down by the Hudson” is an ongoing project, a record of my walks and interactions, mostly along a 3-mile strip of Main Street, in Poughkeepsie, NY. Poughkeepsie is a small city, population around 32,736. Approximately 19% live below the poverty line. 

 

 

Recent years have brought a great deal of economic hardship to this lively, character-filled place. Some people attribute this to the downsizing of IBM’s local headquarters. Others say that fault lies with the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall, or the additions to the highway system, both of which have de-emphasized the role of Main Street. Some blame local colleges Vassar, Marist, the Culinary Institute for their lack of engagement with the community. In any case, Poughkeepsie is still a beautiful, resilient city with beautiful, interesting people. Lots to learn from them, no question about it.

 

 

I plan to continue documenting my interactions with Poughkeepsie and its communities for the next 12 months. I’m working as a busser at a local restaurant to pay my bills, but – as is the case for lots of young people with a passion for art and photography – money is tight and the amount of hours that I can devote to this project are unfortunately not as many as I would like or hope for. The Emerging Photographer Fund grant would be an amazing opportunity to devote more time to developing this project, which one day I’d love to make into a book.

 

 

Short Bio

Caleb Stein, (b.1994) graduated from Vassar College in 2017 with a degree in art history. He has interned at Christie’s Auction House and for Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden (2015-2017). He continues to run Gilden’s Instagram and is currently in pre-production on a documentary on Gilden. His work has been featured in Hamburger Eyes, The Heavy Collective, Burn Magazine, LensCulture, and Creative Quarterly and has been exhibited in group shows in Portland and Los Angeles. He lives in Poughkeepsie, NY with his partner.

 

Related Links

 

http://caleb-stein.squarespace.com

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The Emerging Photographer Fund is supported by generous donors to the Magnum Foundation

Magnum Foundation

2 Responses to “Caleb Stein – Down by the Hudson”


  • Poughkeepsie is still a beautiful, resilient city with beautiful, interesting people. Lots to learn from them, no question about it.

    So why make it look so dismal

  • Because there are large swathes of Poughkeepsie that look like this and I suppose they’re more visually interesting in black and white than the other areas that don’t look like the Rust Belt.

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