Dan Higgins

Much of my work involves making photographs that explore the social identities of communities.
Images are made in collaboration with the people being photographed, and are exhibited in those communities as they are made. 
To learn more about a particular project click on an image.

view video: Photos, poems, & insights: Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas
exhibit at the FLYNNDOG gallery, Jan-Feb 2016

Learn  more about
 on the internet at <www.lulu.com

read review in Seven Days

(Book available at Winooski City Hall)
front cover

   "Before the current massive redevelopment of Winooski's downtown there were numerous earlier attempts at transforming the town's character following the closing of the textile mills in the 1950s. Vacancy, Art & Transformation documents the impact of those policies on the people living there.
      InVacancy, Art & Transformation Dan introduces the reader the reader to a 1970s downtown where people socialized in the many restaurants and bars, where shuffleboard tables were ubiquitous, and where people filled the bingo parlor nightly. He recalls the Urban Renewal project that in the 1970s demolished the east half of the neighborhood and the 1980s Historic Preservation project that renovated the west half and the mills.
     And finally Vacancy, Art & Transformation celebrates in photographs the influx of residents from other countries who have added to Winooski’s cultural richness. The book offers a 35-year photographic record of social change in this unique Vermont community."

The task of an alternative photography is to incorporate photography into social and political memory, instead of using it as a substitute which  encourages the atrophy of any such memory…. For the photographer this means thinking of her or himself not so much as a reporter to the rest of the world but, rather, as a recorder for those involved in the events photographed."
  John Berger in
About Looking

 From "the Incredible Onion Portraits"
Winooski, Vermont  1976 - 2005


Sister Cities: Side by Side (1986-87)
Introducing residents of  Burlington, Vermont and its sister city of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, through portaits of similar social roles in the two communities


VIDEO projects
 available on the internet:

Winooski As It Was
Winooski Then & Now
Sister Cities for 25 years
Barrios saludables, niños sanos
the Champlain Valley Fair- 1986
Winooski Montage-a sampler 2007
the Front Porch Forum Photos Exhibit 2014

more PHOTOS on the
Burlington/ Puerto Cabezas
Sister City Program
web site

Cocal family
Barrio Cocal, Bilwi

Yaroslavl, Russia

meditations on the poetry of place