Dignity in Exile by Eric Weissman
Stories of Struggle and Hope from a Modern American Shanty Town

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Synopsis

Situated on a toxic leaf composting facility and the Portland International Airport is Dignity Village, the first city-recognized shantytown and a place the dejected, jobless, and impoverished outcasts of society call home. A powerful study of homelessness and the human spirit, this photo-ethnographic account follows the villagers for six months as they fight to overcome lives beleaguered with abuse, incarceration, addiction, mental health issues, and the stigma of poverty. The result is a stunning portraiture of the people who live there, explored through high-quality reporting, remarkable photography, and an honest visual representation of the flame of dignity that burns deep inside those in exile.

 

About Eric Weissman

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Eric Weissman is a research associate at the Concordia Centre for Studies in Broadcasting and at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University. He lives in Montreal. Nigel Dickson is a commercial photographer whose work has been featured in Esquire, Fast Company, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Vogue. He lives in Toronto.
 
Published October 1, 2012 by Exile Editions. 176 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography.