For nearly two decades, Oraien Catledge visited the small Atlanta, Georgia community of Cabbagetown photographing its people as they lived in houses, front porches and backyards. The self-taught, visually impaired photographer’s weekly visits and generosity sharing prints endeared him to residents, quickly building their mutual trust. Catledge returned frequently throughout the 80s and early 90s documenting the people of Cabbagetown, creating a vast archive of black and white images. Catledge’s Cabbagetown photographs demonstrate his social consciousness and concern for the people he photographed, but also the strength, determination, and joy of life held by Cabbage-town residents despite the adversity they faced.
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