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Food for All

Edward Boches | MA, United States

Volunteers from the gleaners and Fair Food delivery surplus grocery food and produce.

In Massachusetts, arguably the most affluent state in the United States, one out of seven people suffer from food insecurity. The pandemic has struck immigrant families especially harsh. Often employed as restaurant workers and domestic employees, their kids home from school with no access to daycare, they have become particularly vulnerable. As a result dozens of food pantries through the state, particularly in urban areas, have to work around the clock to source food. Fortunately a network of gleaners, food banks, churches and other social service organizations have risen to the occasion. However, unfortunately, the plight of the hungry is often invisible to the affluent who may live as little as a mile or two away from the weekly lines that often stretch city blocks. These images, taken at the Brazlilian Worker Center in Allston, document that organization’s efforts to serve 500 families a week. Every Wednesday those in need of food start lining up at 2:00 pm and patiently wait for food that will be ready for pickup at 4:00.

Edward Boches is a Boston and Cape Cod-based photographer with a keen interest in documenting how people live, work, play and struggle. He uses his camera to explore subjects and communities he might otherwise never connect with.

In recent years Boches has sought out subcultures that bring people together, photographing political rallies, inner city boxing gyms, and most recently the agricultural community of outer Cape Cod.

In the spring of 2020 he curated and produced the site PandemicBoston.com, six projects that collectively capture how the pandemic transformed Boston’s landscape, forced behavior change, and triggered anxiety. The Boston Globe, WGBH and BU Today, among others, covered the online gallery, and in November, Pandemic Boston opened as an exhibit at Panopticon Gallery in Boston.

In 2018, his project Seeking Glory, celebrating the courage and strength it takes to be a fighter, was exhibited as a solo show at the Griffin Museum’s SoWa gallery, juried into the Social Documentary Network’s 10th Anniversary presentation at the Bronx Documentary Center, and featured in Stand Magazine.

That same year, Slowly at First, a series that captured his Mom’s last month, was exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography, featured as a highlight of the month by the Social Documentary Network, and awarded two honorable mentions at The LA Photo Curator’s Confronting Mortality competition.

Other work has shown at the Upstairs Gallery in Orleans, the Providence Center for Photographic Arts, and the Griffin’s Lafayette City Center Passageway in Boston’s Downtown Crossing.

Boches believes strongly that a photographer has a responsibility to give back to the communities whose stories he tells. As such he supports local journalism by donating his services as a contributing photographer with the Provincetown Independent. Every year he recruits a team of photographers to volunteer their services in documenting Boston Book Festival. And beginning in 2020, in partnership with Digital Silver Imaging, he donates images to Wellfleet SPAT, with all proceeds from sales going to SPAT’s shell fishermen relief fund.

Edward Boches

edwardboches@gmail.com

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