July 2005

Josh Sanseri
[artist website]

Newspace Center for Photography presents “Individual Dignity”, Portraits of small business owners by Los Angeles photographer Josh Sanseri. These large (32″x34″), beautiful, sometimes haunting color images bring the viewer face to face with the subjects josh has photographed. These are the faces, the people of small businesses, which are becoming more and more rare in the American corporate climate.

Josh’s work has been published and exhibited both domestically and internationally. He won grand prize in the portfolio category of the Photographic Imaging Education Association (PIEA) annual international photography contest two years in a row (2003 & 2004). He currently resides in Los Angeles where he continues to shoot for his small business project and works as a commercial photographer.

“This body of photographs is from a series of portraits documenting small business owners. This project began in 1999 and includes photographs from Oregon, Illinois, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Brisbane, Australia. Large corporate retail chains have made it extremely difficult for independent business owners to compete with discount pricing and gigantic product selections. To make matters worse, a large portion of the money spent at these stores leaves the community and severely damages the local economy. As a result, empty storefronts are becoming a common sight in small towns that once thrived on local economy. With these photographs, my intentions are to document the character and sense of pride that I have found to be a common thread among small business owners and non-existent in large, corporate chains.”