Newburgh, New York

Ben and Jeff on Johnston Street, Newburgh, NY.

In October I went to Newburgh, upstate New York with a collective I am part of called Photographers for Hope. Friends and colleagues from Croatia, India, Hong Kong, Geneva and the US all converged and we started photographing the town.  We were there to cover a town trying to recover from gang violence, murder and drug sales but also and importantly to photograph a town that is desperately trying to change and become a better place to live and thrive for everyone. The city is beautiful. Many of the houses are derelict and some are being restored. The city itself is an important historic town. Many artists from NYC move to Newburgh as an escape from rising costs of living in the city and artists studios are popping up everywhere. The town itself lie on the Hudson river and all around is trees and nature. Each one of us covered something different but sometimes a few of us walked together. I spent much of my time with Sarah Bones. An amazing photojournalist from Philadelphia. Used to the streets of Philly she kept me safe. None of this would have happened without Anna Wang our founder and ofcourse the awesome and legendary David Burnett whose family had asked him to photograph theirs and his hometown.At the end of the trip we had an exhibition of 99 images from 9 photographers at the Newburgh Armoury. The response was overwhelming and the turn out was from all walks of life. Currently the exhibition is at the Safe Harbors Ann Street Gallery 104 Ann St, Newburgh, New York 12550 and the opening is 12 December at 1830-2130. I believe it will stay here for a couple of months.

Some media around the Project:

In New York Times, Lens Blog and in print   http://mobile.nytimes.com/…/20…/12/01/a-new-day-in-newburgh/

Here is another article on the Newburgh experience written by Anna Wang of Photographers for Hope, posted on PetaPixel: http://petapixel.com/2015/10/23/the-new-newburgh/

Photographer for Hope on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Photographers-for-Hope-160471693964928/?ref=hl

All images © Copyrighted 2015 to Katarina Premfors/P4H

Newburgh 2015 for Photographers for Hope
Newburgh, New York
Newburgh 2015 for Photographers for Hope
Boys at the Armoury, Newburgh, New York

Ben & Jeff on Johnston Street, , Newburgh, NY.Ben & Jeff on Johnston Street, Newburgh, NY.

Senior Patrol Officer John Gleeson stops and interacts with the people on the street. Here he checks on a young man who is 6 weeks clean from using. Newburgh, NY.
Senior Patrol Officer John Gleeson stops and interacts with the people on the street. Here he checks on a young man who is 6 weeks clean from using. Newburgh, NY.
Jobless in Newburgh, NY.
Jobless in Newburgh, NY.
Sunday morning , Newburgh, NY.
Sunday morning , Newburgh, NY.
A young father, holding down a job, dreaming of becoming a rapper. Still lives with his grandmother.
A young father, holding down a job, dreaming of becoming a rapper. Still lives with his grandmother.
Homeless shelter at the Ministries, Newburgh, NY.
Homeless shelter at the Ministries, Newburgh, NY.
K9 unit at Newburgh Police, NY.
K9 unit at Newburgh Police, NY.
Senior Patrol Officer John Gleeson 52, responds to a domestic disturbance call.  Newburgh, NY.
Senior Patrol Officer John Gleeson 52, responds to a domestic disturbance call.
Newburgh, NY.
Police respond to a call out for a mentally unstable man. The social services often call the police for help when they feel a situation can get out of hand. , Newburgh, NY.
Police respond to a call out for a mentally unstable man. The social services often call the police for help when they feel a situation can get out of hand.  Newburgh, NY.
A man is stopped and searched. He was found with K2, a synthetic cannabis on Broadway. Newburgh, NY.
A man is stopped and searched. He was found with K2, a synthetic cannabis on Broadway.
Newburgh, NY.
Bullet hole on Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY.
Bullet hole on Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY.
Newburgh Police Station. A tribute to police officers that have been killed in action. Newburgh, NY.
Newburgh Police Station. A tribute to police officers that have been killed in action.
Newburgh, NY.
Claudine is a counsellor at the Hudson River Medical Clinic. Here she listens to female methadone patients who talk about domestic violence.
Claudine is a counsellor at the Hudson River Medical Clinic. Here she listens to female methadone patients who talk about domestic violence.
Victor is an immigrant from Nigeria, , Newburgh, NY.
Victor is an immigrant from Nigeria, , Newburgh, NY.
Annette in her car. Homeless, mother of two and a drug addict. She has lost her children to the social services. , Newburgh, NY.
Annette in her car. Homeless, mother of two and a drug addict. She has lost her children to the social services. , Newburgh, NY.
Annette and Hans, Newburgh, NY.
Annette and Hans, Newburgh, NY.
The so called 'mayor' of Newburgh outside the Ministry which provides free medical care, food and shelter.
The so called ‘mayor’ of Newburgh outside the Ministry which provides free medical care, food and shelter.
Yolanda, Newburgh, NY.
Yolanda, Newburgh, NY.
Sunday morning prayers, Newburgh, NY.
Sunday morning prayers, Newburgh, NY.
Andrew, at a cross roads in his life. His young girlfriend pregnant and free form jail after 5 years, he is now clean and plans to stay clean.
Andrew, at a cross roads in his life. His young girlfriend pregnant and free form jail after 5 years, he is now clean and plans to stay clean.
Many people come to Newburgh to restore old houses that have become derelict. Newburgh, NY.
Many people come to Newburgh to restore old houses that have become derelict. Newburgh, NY.
Alice at the Hudson Binding Press.  Traditional book binding. Newburgh, NY.
Alice at the Hudson Binding Press.
Traditional book binding. Newburgh, NY.
Kite day in Newburgh, NY
Kite day in Newburgh, NY
At the restored Newburgh armoury the Kaplan family has given underprivileged kids an opportunity to take part in sports and other activities. Newburgh, NY.
At the restored Newburgh armoury the Kaplan family has given underprivileged kids an opportunity to take part in sports and other activities. Newburgh, NY.
Newburgh High School. Homecoming game. Newburgh, NY.
Newburgh High School. Homecoming game. Newburgh, NY.
Newburgh High School. Homecoming game. Newburgh, NY.
Newburgh High School. Homecoming game. Newburgh, NY.
Newburgh High School. Homecoming game. Newburgh, NY.
Newburgh High School. Homecoming game. Newburgh, NY.
Newburgh High School. Homecoming game. Newburgh, NY.
Newburgh High School. Homecoming game. Newburgh, NY.
Kids, Newburgh, NY.
Kids, Newburgh, NY.
Wedding
Wedding, Newburgh, NY
I arrived the same day as the Pope arrive in New York City Newburgh, NY.
I arrived the same day as the Pope arrive in New York City
Newburgh, NY.
Newburgh is close to West Point Military Academy Newburgh, NY.
Newburgh is close to West Point Military Academy
Newburgh, NY.
Outside a methadone clinic. Ricky, the clinic and the two pregnant girls gave us permission to photograph them. Ricky is awaiting a sentencing for illegal arms possession.
Outside a methadone clinic. Ricky, the clinic and the two pregnant girls gave us permission to photograph them. Ricky is awaiting a sentencing for illegal arms possession.
Family in Newburgh, NY.
Family in Newburgh, NY.
An old derelict house in Newburgh, NY.
An old derelict house in Newburgh, NY.
Damian 0830 am in Newburgh, NY.
Damian 0830 am in Newburgh, NY.
Residents on Johnston Street, Newburgh, NY.
Residents on Johnston Street, Newburgh, NY.
Garfield on his corner of 1st and Carpenter, Newburgh, NY.
Garfield on his corner of 1st and Carpenter, Newburgh, NY.
Garfield on his corner of 1st and Carpenter Street, Newburgh, NY.
Garfield on his corner of 1st and Carpenter Street, Newburgh, NY.