Americans Seen: Spectacular Photos Show Life in the 1970s and 1980s by Sage Sohier

Sage Sohier is a talented American Photographer and serves as an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Art. She has been photographing people and their surroundings for four decades. She has received fellowships from the No Strings Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation.

She has had solo exhibitions at Foley Gallery in New York, Robert Klein Gallery in Boston, Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston, Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego, The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and Blue Sky Gallery in Portland.

The following photos were captured between 1979 and 1986. At this time, Sage Sohier was a young photographer living in Boston. Sohier photographed residents of many working-class and ethnic communities in Boston. During her annual summer road trips, she also visited towns in Western Pennsylvania via dilapidated Newburgh, New York, mining areas in West Virginia, and Mormon enclaves in Idaho and Utah. Sohier would photograph in the citrus-producing regions of inland Florida during long Boston winters or in the Florida panhandle to New Orleans and Cajun country.

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