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In his new book, A, alumnus Gregory Halpern (MFA 2003) leads us on a ramble through the brilliant and ruined streets of the United States Rust Belt. The cast of characters, both human and animal, are portrayed with compassion and respect by this native son of Buffalo (a current professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology).
The cities he is drawn to -- Baltimore, Cincinnati, Omaha, Detroit -- share similar histories with his hometown, and in this postapocalyptic springtime all forms of life emerge and run riot. On the heels of Halpern’s two previous books, Harvard Works Because We Do (a portrait of Harvard University through the eyes of the school’s service employees) and Omaha Sketchbook (a lyrical artist’s book portrait of the titular city), A continues the photographer’s investigations of locations and persons who fly under the radar.
A was selected for The Photobook: A History, Volume III, by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, and received the International Photobook Award at the International Photobook Festival in Kassel, Germany.
Halpern holds a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University (1999) and an MFA from California College of the Arts (2003).