Sarah Hoskins: The Homeplace

By  |  January 27, 2013

Sarah Hoskins's The Homeplace is a beautifully considered study of the small African-American communities that sprang up in post–Civil War Kentucky. Some of these communities have endured, and even thrived throughout the past 150 years. Others are on the verge of disappearing.

In her statement about the project, Hoskins writes,

"Many of the residents of these hamlets learned of slavery at their grandparents' knees and endured the Jim Crow South. They lived 'separate but equal’ and saw the decades of milestones and their impacts, including desegregation, social segregation, and ultimately the election of Barack Obama. They did much more than endure and survive negative circumstances; they rose above them and thrived."

Sarah Hoskins is a documentary photographer. Currently, her time is split between Chicago, IL, and Lexington, KY. She spent part of the summer of 2012 as a resident at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York. She was invited to lecture and share her work at Tuskegee University as part of the Rosenwald School Conference, celebrating 100 years of pride, progress, and preservation. Her projects have been featured in several print and online features. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships.

To see more of her work, click here

Jeff Rich is a photographer based in Iowa City. His work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Jeff currently teaches photography at the University of Iowa. He curates the OA’s weekly photo series, Eyes on the South.