Photographer Seeks to Humanize, Personalize the Face of Student Loan Debt

People love posing with their things: a new car, a new phone, a new outfit, a new house. The picture shows ownership, the picture shows possession; what the picture doesn’t often show, however, is the debt.

Artist and photographer Brittany M. Powell is currently working on a long-term photography series: The Debt Project, a series of photographs of people, living with debt, surrounded by their things.

You can read more about the specifics of her project from her site; a recent Washington Post piece about Powell and her project also includes brief notes written by the subjects about how they wound up in debt. (Interestingly enough, too: Stephanie Eidelman has a piece on our site that looks at this issue from a different, though equally personal, angle.)

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