Helen M. Stummer – I stepped out of my suburbanite conditioning to fear anything that was different when I signed up for a class at the International Center for Photography in Manhattan to learn to use my camera so I could take pictures of things I wanted to paint. As a class assignment, I was sent to the Lower East Side to practice photographing at the Children’s Aid Society. In 1976, the New York Times called E. 6th Street one of the meanest streets in America. Here I was a suburbanite, hardly knowing how to use my camera, and I am walking down one of the meanest streets in America. Taking that risk lasted forty years and totally enriched my life. (Photo shot in New York, NY, USA 1959. Photo sponsor: Caroll Gaissert.)


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