The Cincinnati Race Riots were in April of 2001. Depending on who you asked at the time, there had been between 13-17 unarmed, African American men wrongfully killed by Cincinnati police. The death of Timothy Thomas was the beginning of the riots in 2001. In 2002, especially around the anniversary of Timothy’s death, you could feel tension buzzing in the pavement. Dissatisfied with lack of change and discussion over the previous year, protesters marched downtown. In the late summer of 2002, I met the family living at 466 McMicken and started this series.
There were two goals for me while working on this project; one was simply to learn about the life of a family that was not mine; The second goal was to use the visits and photographs as a way to have a dialogue about race in Cincinnati, even if it was only those being photographed and myself.