March 12, 2013

Announcing the Feeding Cities Photo Exhibition Winners

The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is pleased to announce the winners of its Feeding Cities photography exhibition, a juried show that illuminates the complex systems of food production, distribution, consumption and nutrition in the face of rapid urban population growth and climate change.  The exhibition, on display through March 21st in the Morgan Fine Arts building on Penn’s campus, is the visual companion to Penn IUR’s international conference Feeding Cities: Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanizing World, which will be held on campus March 13-15, 2013.

The winning photos are “Beak Trimmed Chicken” by Catherine Brinkley (PhD/VMD candidate, 2014); “Cans” by Jacob Rivkin (MFA candidate, 2013); and “Walls” by Serena Stein (Penn class of 2009). Winners were selected from more than 200 photos submitted by Penn students, alumni, faculty, and staff. In addition to the winners, ten photographers received honorable mentions for their submissions: Ayasha Guerin, Christina Hutchinson, Emily LaDue, Jin Lee, Melissa Levin, Ryan Littman-Quinn, Daniel Moscovici, Ellen Neises, Swaroop Rao and Laurel Redding.


Visit the Feeding Cities website for more information about the exhibit and conference.

Click here to read full coverage of the Feeding Cities photo exhibit and conference.


Winning Photographs

“Cans” by Jacob Rivkin

DESCRIPTION: Taken at SHARE, an Emergency Food Distribution Center, the composition of the wrapped plastic stretched to the edge indicates that these cans could go on forever.  I was interested in the plastic’s ability to shield the inner cans from full recognition of what they might contain. 

LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

“Beak Trimmed Chicken” by Catherine Brinkley

DESCRIPTION: Beak-trimmed chicken at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.  Modern climate and disease-controlled enclosures house thousands of beak-trimmed birds and supply a reliable and cheap source of protein to the food system.

LOCATION: Harrisburg, PA

“Walls” by Serena Stein

DESCRIPTION: The concrete walls surrounding Maputo’s informal neighborhoods are commonly painted with bright, commanding food advertisements. Food product marketing is often directed at children and young adults who are considered more responsive to the socialization of diet preferences by food companies and retailers.

LOCATION: Maputo, Mozambique



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