Meryl Silver's photography nearly 20 years ago was documentary, black and white film that focused on the people and street scenes in her hometown, New York City. Her images captured the homeless who spent their nights in a church on Park Avenue, and Coney Island where locals ranged from old and grizzled chess players to young working-class parents with kids.
When author Pearl Cleage's made a recent appearance at the Oxon Hill Library she did more than promote her new book—she wanted to inspire those in attendance to live their lives to the fullest.
Carnivals conjure up images of amusement rides, cotton candy, games of chance and skill, animal acts or sideshow curiosities. Through her photography, however, Janet Matthews captures rarelyimages of this rather close-knit community.