Fall River Portraits

Over the course of 2018, the adult English-language learners at SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc explored the world around them through the lens of a camera.  Every week in their beginning and intermediate English language classes, over 30 students took photographs of whatever struck them as important, interesting, or beautiful.  They shared their photographs with one another and through their captions explained the meanings, histories, and artistic visions behind their depictions.  [MOVE CURSOR TO BOTTOM OF IMAGE TO BRING UP CAPTION.]

The themes of the Through Our Eyes collection reflect the students’ diverse interests and points of view. Some of the photographs focus primarily on connections with family and friends. Others depict cultural traditions and celebration of special events. Still others depict the beauty of nature, neighborhoods throughout the city of Fall River, or new ways to see details of daily life. A goal shared by all of the contributing photographers was to convey the important role the supportive educational space at SER-Jobs plays in their lives. These accounts also offer insight into the students’ experiences of leaving a homeland to start a new life in the U.S.

The Through Our Eyes project was made possible by a grant from MassHumanities as well as contributions from SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc. and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.  Cristina Raposo, ESOL instructor at SER-Jobs, is the Project Coordinator and Andrea Klimt, Professor of Anthropology at UMass Dartmouth, is the Project Director.

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