artwork > waterfronts

karen schoellkopf
2006 – present
digital c-prints
20 x 24"

-selected images from the project-

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much of this work is taken in buffalo, ny (my hometown). it is a series I am taking on the waterfront, and the areas surrounding the now defunct, or largely abandoned industries of steel and grain. buffalo used to be the main repository for grain for the east coast, on its way to other destinations, and the steel industry dominated buffalo’s economy and job market for decades, until bethlehem steel closed its doors in 1989. buffalo’s economy and landscape have been drastically altered by these two industries, and many current policy and economic decisions are based on this rich, but abandoned, past.

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