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Visual Arts
SHJ Issue 8
Fall 2013

Tent City Project

by Sherry Rubel

Tent City 1: photograph by Sherry Rubel


Tent City 4: photograph by Sherry Rubel


Tent City 5: photograph by Sherry Rubel


Tent City 2: photograph by Sherry Rubel


Tent City 3: photograph by Sherry Rubel


Editor’s Note

The images above are among hundreds shot by Sherry Rubel of the encampment in Lakewood, New Jersey:

Gallery of Tent City Photographs

Learn more about the Tent City Project:

• In this issue of SHJ: Commentary and Poems by Hank Kalet, author of As an Alien in a Land of Promise
“Tent City, Three Ways,” 10 July 2013, by Debbie Gallant, in NJ News Commons, Montclair State University. Article includes a two-minute trailer for the documentary, Destiny’s Bridge, by film-maker Jack Ballo.
Podcast, 30 July 2013, with Hank Kalet, Sherry Rubel, and Jack Ballo


SHJ Issue 8
Fall 2013

Sherry Rubel

essentially grew up in the darkroom—her father was a professional photographer, and she herself became a fine arts photographer and photo-journalist. Formerly a staff photographer with the award-winning Crossroads Theater and freelancer for, Rubel has worked most recently on independent projects, including the Tent City Project illustrated in this issue of SHJ.

Her collection of 25 “Living Legacies” portraits of musicians, dancers, writers, actors, and visual artists are on permanent exhibition at Actors’ Fund House in Englewood, New Jersey.

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury