Washington City Paper reviews Photo/Diary at Hemphill’s Carroll Square Gallery: Last Weeks to See!

It’s been a great treat to be exhibited with the other fine artists of Photo/Diary at the Carroll Square Gallery.  Louis Jacobson of the Washington City Paper Reviews Photo/Diary here.

The exhibit, which features the work of local photographers Edgar Endress, Jati Lindsay, E. Brady Robinson, Dawn Whitmore and yours truly closes in a couple weeks.  If you’d like to see it it’s open Monday – Friday during regular work hours and is conveniently located near Chinatown.

East of the River

Black Girls Rock From the series, The Invisible Wall: Photographs East of the River.

An excerpt from the Jacobson piece:

Raab, for her part, offers a selection from her impressive “East of the River” series documenting the predominantly African-American precincts of Anacostia. Particularly impressive are Raab’s images of a street performer dancing on top of a transformer box while a crowd gathers on the sidewalk (bottom); a cheerleading practice held within a sea of otherworldly green umbrellas and grass; and a proud youngster in a pink T-shirt posing with a pink purse and small pair of scissors.

New Work: East of the River

Sienna and Lady with their Puppies, East of the River, Washington, DC © Susana Raab 2011

I’m starting to gel a bit more with this project that has been a really hard one for me.  First I am shooting primarily with the 4×5 that lends itself to a very different style of picture taking for me, less kinetic, fluid, etc.  But I want to also be very deliberate about everything here and very obvious about my presence, because when you are working across the Anacostia River in this other Washington, I feel it’s important to be obvious and open.  The thing to transcend for me, and perhaps I will not succeed – is to move beyond the cliches of life here, and make something that speaks beyond the apparent.  If I’m not successful at least I’m gonna try.