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Interview with Documentary Photographer Boogie on the Life/Death of the American Dream

April 14, 2010

The Ballast Contributor Matthew Newton has just interviewed Boogie. Check it!

For nearly 20 years, Serbian-born photographer Boogie has documented the lives of people marginalized by society, and those living on the fringe. He has photographed gang members and drug addicts in Brooklyn’s housing projects; neo-Nazi skinheads in Serbia; and transsexual prostitutes in Sao Paulo, Brazil — gaining unfettered access into worlds where outsiders are normally greeted with violence, suspicion, or a combination of the two.

In a new interview series produced exclusively for True/Slant (via Annals of Americus), Boogie discusses everything from the death of the American dream and parenthood to life in post-crash America and what it means to be happy. Read full interview over at True/Slant

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The Ballast contributor Matthew Newton is a writer, editor, and blogger who lives and works in the once-decaying heart of America’s Rust Belt (i.e. Pittsburgh, PA). His work focuses on subculture, crime, mental health, race, class, and creativity.

His writing regularly appears in Spin, Good, XLR8R, Next American City, RaceWire, and Swindle, among other print and online publications. He has reported on the decline of sampling in hip-hop; interviewed artists and musicians who survived Cambodia’s killing fields; investigated the struggles of U.S. military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; and shadowed graffiti writers, coaxing candid confessions about their obsession with illegal art.

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