Sarah Stacke and Johanne Rahaman

Sarah Stacke is a photographer and writer who develops daily life stories about people living in under-resourced and narrowly represented communities that have been created by intersections of history, culture, and forced geographies. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and National Geographic, and she teaches at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and the International Center of Photography.

Johanne Rahaman is a Trinidad-born, Miami-based photographer. Her work highlights the beauty and dynamism of black life in inner cities and small towns in Florida, from the point of view of its residents. Her ongoing project, Black Florida, was born out of a desire to contest mainstream racialized narratives.

June 13, 2017

Photographs from the Summer 2017 issue by Johanne Rahaman with an introduction by Sarah Stacke.

Built in the early 1940s, Blodgett Homes is a 654-unit public housing complex. According to Cherlise, who was born in 1982, the community there used to operate like a family-minded village. But a downward spiral began in 1960 when Interstate 95 was built—with the government’s full understanding of the disruption it would cause—on the complex’s doorstep, provoking many families to move.