The Valley of the Shadow
May 27, 2008 4:52 PM   Subscribe

The Valley of the Shadow
The Valley of the Shadow is an online project that uses street memorials in Philadelphia as a point of entry into life in the city's poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods. It does bare a passing similarity to this previously discussed coverage of street memorials in Washington DC, at least as far as photo content. However, unlike the DC project that focuses on the "heartfelt nature of the sad memorials erected by friends & family to honor murder and other violence victims in the Washington DC area," the Valley of the Shadow probes deeper into the lives of the deceased and they world they inhabited to paint a far more complicated and nuanced picture of who these urban homicide victims really were. I draw on my experience as a social worker, street level reporting and online resources including court records to provide the deepest possible intelligence. There are twelve parts so far and a new one runs each Tuesday. The project has its own neat logo and received a highly favorable write up in the local press last week. Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
posted by The Straightener (4 comments total)

Nice work, congrats. Also, thanks for showing me Phawker, I hadn't seen it before.
posted by Mister_A at 8:21 AM on May 28, 2008

Seeing the MySpace pages brings it home. Very well written.
posted by niccolo at 8:21 AM on May 29, 2008

posted by The Straightener at 12:21 PM on June 3, 2008

posted by The Straightener at 12:11 PM on June 10, 2008

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