Aaron Huey’s ‘Pine Ridge Community Storytelling Project’

Photographing, and Listening to, the Lakota

Facing criticism for presenting a limited view of life on the Pine Ridge reservation, Aaron Huey let its residents tell their own stories.

via Lens Blog: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/17/photographing-and-listening-to-the-lakota/

A few months after the Lens piece was published, Mr. Huey received over 40 letters from students at the Jesuit-run Red Cloud High School. Many of the letters asked why he couldn’t show families like theirs: sober, employed, “normal.” The students wanted him to balance the story and to include them. The letters stuck with Mr. Huey.