Chicago photographer Richard Wasserman explores the impact of eminent domain on the lives of Americans across the United States in Community Uprooted, a project he has been working on for more than twenty years.
Eminent domain is the constitutional power of government to take private property for the greater good of society. This process can be used responsibly, but is also rife with possibilities for misuse and corruption. Wasserman has partnered with the Center for Urban Research and Learning at Loyola University Chicago led by director Dr. Philip Nyden to transform this photographic exploration into an interdisciplinary project involving interviews with people in the affected areas and in-depth historical research.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website