Magazine article Psychology Today

What Hope Looks Like

Magazine article Psychology Today

What Hope Looks Like

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SARAH HOSKINS didn't know about the Becoming a Man program before Psychology Today asked her to document it, but the at-risk kids that "Breaking the Code of the Streets" focuses on, adolescent boys living in the vast Altgeld Gardens housing project on the Far South Side of Chicago, are just the kind she likes teaching her craft of photography to. "Kids on the ledge," she calls them. "There's no B.S."

"I'm drawn to people and things we normally never see," says Hoskins, herself a lifelong resident of the Chicago area. For years, Hoskins has been traveling regularly to Kentucky, plying its back roads to document black communities set up after the Civil War that are now threatened by rising land values. Her first visit to Kentucky was at the invitation of a racetrack executive wanting her to photograph him and the state's famous horse races. She, however, preferred the far less glamorous back side of the track-an area that is now off limits to visitors-the muddy barracks where trainers and, often enough, their entire families live year-round. …

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