We became interested in documenting the Millennial generation because we wanted to give our peers an opportunity to speak for themselves. We traveled mostly by bicycle from Alaska to Argentina, then in a loop around Europe and Morocco interviewing Millennials about their lives and making their portraits. After sustaining a knee injury in 2013 we traveled by camper-car 14,000 miles around the United States continuing the project.
In the spring of 2013 we opened The Geography of Youth to online submissions. We invited people born between 1980 and 1995 to upload a self-portrait and answer the same twelve interview questions that we asked hundreds of Millennials around the world.
The portraits and interviews have now been assembled into an interactive public art show. It is our hope that these images and words will spark dialogue about our global generation, our challenges, and our triumphs.
Morrigan McCarthy is a photographer who enjoys the way images can tell complex stories. Morrigan studied poetry and dance at Connecticut College and documentary photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She was selected as the 2012 Maine Visual Arts Fellow and attended the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop in 2007 where she won an award for outstanding work. She has spent the better part of the last six years traveling for long-term projects including The Geography of Youth, and is now based in Brooklyn, New York where she works as a freelance photographer and co-founding member of the Restless Collective.
Alan Winslow is a photographer and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He has spent the past six years alternating between freelance work and long-term, grant-funded projects that become public artwork. Alan teaches photography at The Maine Media Workshops and Brooklyn Central. Alan regularly tempts the Gods by consuming unnatural quantities of street food.
United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.
Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.