About the Photos
Selected images on ACAP’s Web site are photos of CareOregon members taken by renowned civil rights photographer Bruce Davidson.
Davidson, best known for his work documenting the Civil Rights movement, photographed CareOregon members in 2006. Visiting with members from throughout the Portland metro area and as far away as Astoria and Scotts Mills, Davidson discovered an empowerment program that delivers a chance, extends a hand and often saves lives.
From a CareOregon newsletter article describing the photo project at the time:
Davidson’s CareOregon photos are congruent with the social purpose and intent inherent in his career. He is well-known for his work documenting the social conditions of families and children in East Harlem. His photographs have been displayed at some of the most prestigious galleries and museums in the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris.
Photographs showcased in the exhibition “We the People” tell inspiring and unforgettable stories of individual strength, pride and dignity among CareOregon members. The diversity of CareOregon members – ages, cultures, national origins, languages and social circumstances – is showcased in the photographs.
“These people and others are more or less invisible to the general public, and it is important to me that this imagery be very human where the ‘ordinary’ person can see it, identify, and see themselves in the images. In talking with the people I photographed, I found their words to be incredibly powerful. If we are taken inside these lives, the community will see the hope that CareOregon provides.”