South Jefferson Public Library News
The South Jefferson Public Library is pleased to present the Photo Exhibition, Homeless in the Land of Liberty. This exhibit is the 55th in the Art in the Library series hosted by the library to highlight the talents of local artists. The exhibit will run from December 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015, and can be viewed during library hours: Monday through Thursday 10- 7, Saturdays 10-5, and Sundays 1-5. The library is closed Fridays. The library is located at 49 Church St, Summit Point, WV. A first thought, you might think an exhibit on the homeless would be a depressing display for the holiday season, but if you think about it, what better time of the year to see and realize how lucky most of us are? On Sunday, December 7, 2014, a reception will be held between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm at the library for the public to meet and talk with the photographer, view this compelling exhibition, and enjoy the refreshments on hand. Below is a description of the exhibit and its purpose:
Homeless in the Land of Liberty
What was going to be a twenty-eight day television documentary has turned into a six year campaign for the homeless; the last segregated class in America. Over that amount of time the photos taken bear witness to the abuse, hunger, cold, arrests and even death. It is a story that has been told many times, but it must be told again, and again and again; until we get it right. Men, women and children from all races, from all backgrounds, and from all educational levels share this nightmare. People with jobs get dressed and cleaned up in the bathroom of a restaurant; they go to work and pretend they drove in from “home”.
Children go to school after sleeping in the car or a tent with their siblings and parents. Marriages and families often fall apart. They are a forgotten core of our society. We look away pretending to not see their sufferings. The police drive them out of town, out of sight, out of memory. But, they can’t forget; to them homelessness becomes hopelessness.
D.J. McCoy has spent almost his entire adult life standing behind one camera or another. First starting out with a stills camera as a portrait photographer. Taking time off to pass his Series 7 and Investment Adviser’s Law Exam he worked as a broker. After a period he realized he missed his cameras so he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a filmmaker.
He now uses both methods as a photojournalist trying to shed light on under-reported stories.
The “Land Of Liberty” project changed his life forever after seeing the horrors of the homeless lifestyle. Beatings, lack of food and medical care and even death of that population, took a hard toll on the photographer. He now works full time as a photojournalist and only takes other assignments to help fund social issues and passion projects.
Jeff McCoy has spent almost his entire adult life standing behind one camera or another. Taking assignments in New York City and Los Angeles and reporting under covered stories across the United States has given him a range of experience. Working for Oceangate Entertainment in Los Angeles, then moving back to stills work, has allowed him to apply multiple and unique approaches to his work. Producing a major ad campaign or classical portrait has funded many of his social documentary works. While covering “mud and blood” stories he strives to bring the untold story to the forefront.