In This Together
- by Joanie Schwarz
A New Collaboration with Photographer Joanie Schwarz
The photographer Robert Frank once said that there is one thing that every great photograph must contain: “the humanity of the moment.” To that end, Summit Public Art has commissioned a new series, I n This Together , a collaboration with photographer Joanie Schwarz that we hope will capture this unprecedented moment in the life of our community.
Schwarz, whose work has been on the covers of Time magazine, the LA Times , and the New York Times magazine, has spent the last few weeks walking the streets of Summit and chronicling the life she finds there. Empty storefronts and parking lots predominate in the first few shots, conveying the necessary space between us. But here and there we see signs that life still goes on as we all try to get through this difficult time together.
“When you see the emptiness of the streets,” Schwarz says, “don’t see the negative, see it as people staying home in order to keep each other safe. It is an active expression of Love.”
Recent installments include photos of "Giving Tuesday," a weekly program sponsored by GRACE and the Junior League of Summit, which provides food and essential supplies to hundreds of families each week, as well as other images of neighbors helping neighbors that inspire hope and remind us all to look for the smile behind the mask .
See more photos here.
All photos by Joanie Schwarz (@joanieschwarz).