Photojournalism Alum Alex Welsh Explores San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point

April 25, 2014

SLATE -- While studying photojournalism at San Francisco State University, Welsh walked around Hunters Point and decided it would be the first community he would photograph. “My goal is to document these neighborhoods critically,” he explained. “I want to break stereotypes by embedding myself where I’m documenting the problem without perpetuating the stereotype. I want to contextualize why it is that this happens. By showing the violence but also showing the story around the violence, I hope to paint an educated picture.” He added: “I realized that many residents’ interactions with white people was only through journalists and cops. They sense that you want something from them, so it takes a long time to gain trust.” Welsh now resides in New York, where he is documenting the forgotten neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn.