I’ve gone Dutch…

A few weeks ago I did an interview with a NYC-based Dutch reporter, Diederik van Hoogstrate, for a story he was working on about the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” for the national paper the Volkskrant. Today the article and a few of my images were published. Any translators out there?!


About Jo Ann Santangelo

Austin based freelance multimedia documentary photographer and storyteller.
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  2. bee says:

    saw your pictures in yesterday’s paper,
    took a tour on your websites.
    the web sure does make the world smaller…

    greetings from amsterdam,
    the netherlands

  3. Zora says:

    So cool, Jo! I read Dutch, but not very quickly. The grafs about you:

    Secrecy was the core of DADT. The people who lived under it became invisible. That frustrated photographer Jo Ann Santangelo of Austin, TX. In 2006, she was earning what she could as a pedicab driver. A young soldier “chipped in” when he told her the story of his secret life. Santangelo had no connection with the army. But through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, she came to appreciate what her peers were doing.

    The photographer, a lesbian, wanted to see who these people were. For a month, she traveled through the US in a rental car, in search of “the face of DADT.” The result is a wide-ranging exhibition, with dozens of portraits, which went up last month in New York. Ordinary men and women are shown in their homes; their brief stories accompany the photos.

    [then it tells the story of Tony Woods, Mara Boyd, Jonathan Hopkins…]

    In this way, Santangelo’s series reveals hypocrisy and disillusionment. “I know how hard it can be to live a normal life,” she says. “How must it be for them?”

    Because of her exhibitions, Santangelo has occasionally been approached by total strangers. Sometimes people say they never ordinarily go to art exhibitions, and some even tell her that they’ve never cried over a photo exhibit before. “It’s normal Americans, in all colors, shapes and sizes,” she says. “I think that people are just reacting to that. We see ourselves.”

    And then more stuff about the people in the show…

    And FWIW, De Volkskrant is a really great paper–huge distribution, generally lefty politics, very well respected. Congrats again!

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