November 11, 2020

Cleveland and Its People, as Documented by 25 Local Photographers for the Cleveland Public Library's Stunning '20/20' Project

The results from the ambitious 'Cleveland 20/20' photography project from the Cleveland Public Library are stunning and poetic. And they are well worth your attention and time.

Spearheaded by Aaron Mason of the CPL and Shari Wilkins of the Cleveland Print Room, the exhibition includes work from 25 photographers who were dispatched to capture the city of Cleveland and its people, from east to west and in between, with intimacy and clarity.

"2019 was our 150th anniversary, and we hadn’t really done anything before that showed the people," Mason told BuzzFeed of the project. "I thought that it was a great way to profile the people that have made us who we are today."

The goal was to capture Cleveland's reality and with professionals and students among the batch of 25, that's exactly what happened.

 "Online media tend to favor the extreme, but when you commission photographers...who are from neighborhoods, you see a very different picture of what life is like," Mason said.

Selections will be included in the library's permanent collection.

 

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 Destanee Cruz, Clark-Fulton

Destanee Cruz, Clark-Fulton

 Destanee Cruz, Clark-Fulton

Destanee Cruz, Clark-Fulton

 Shari Wilkins, Asiatown

Shari Wilkins, Asiatown

 Shari Wilkins, Detroit-Shoreway

Shari Wilkins, Detroit-Shoreway

 Shari Wilkins, Downtown

Shari Wilkins, Downtown

 Shari Wilkins, Hough

Shari Wilkins, Hough

 Shari Wilkins, Kamms Corner

Shari Wilkins, Kamms Corner

 Shari Wilkins, Ohio City

Shari Wilkins, Ohio City

 Shari Wilkins, Wendy Park

Shari Wilkins, Wendy Park

 Chris Mason, Clark-Fulton

Chris Mason, Clark-Fulton