…Through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us, which can mold us, but which can also be affected by us.
— Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind's Eye

As I engage in the world around me, I search for ongoing narratives within my community that connect to the essence of what it is to be human.  Exploring consciousness and the inevitability of death with compassion, I photograph to immortalize.  I create tangible imagery both to contribute and influence the culture in which I participate. 

The Newark Arts Photo Documentary Project is a photographic essay of contemporary artists working within the Newark, NJ art community. The project began in the summer of 2013 with a seed grant from The Puffin Foundation and support from Index Art Center.  

This is an ongoing project showcasing the artists online through the website. All artist photoshoots also include medium format film photographs shot with Newark manufactured 1940's Jem Jr. cameras.  The black and white film images will be on display in a gallery setting upon completion of the project.

-Colleen Gutwein O'Neal


for more information about Colleen, visit www.colleengutwein.com

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all images © Colleen Gutwein