Old East Dallas Gentrification Photography Documentary Part 4

This is part 4 of a series that explores the gentrification in Old East Dallas and how it has been transforming the small Dallas neighborhood.

A mechanic that works at a nearby auto shop

On my most recent photo walks, I tried focusing on the people of the neighborhood, the disappearing people that made up the culture of Old East Dallas. Most people I encountered were very friendly and open with me. I always stopped for a bit and chatted with them about anything, life, the city, my project, etc.

I also captured several portraits of homeless men and women that I regularly encountered. Each and everyone one of these people was extremely kind to me and I deeply appreciate them. None of these photos are meant for anyone to laugh or gawk at. They are meant for us to learn from and to remember them.

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A neighbor’s dog
The old AT&T building
American flags above the entrance to the old AT&T building
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Old East Dallas Gentrification
A vacant lot homeless people liked to hang out at
She wanted me to get a photo of her looking angry
Then she gave me her sweet smile
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Homeless buddies
Old East Dallas buddies
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A local resident drinking beer and eating on his porch
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An abandoned sofa

Old East Dallas Gentrification Photo Documentary

A 5-year photo documentary exploring the gentrification in Old East Dallas on medium format film since 2016.
You can see the best of this series in this gallery.

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  1. Matthew, I really enjoyed looking at the East Dallas photos. I lived in East Dallas for about 5 years, many years ago and I recognize some of the buildings.

    1. Thank you very much Angie and that’s really cool. Sadly, a lot of those buildings are disappearing one by one making room for massive apartment complexes.

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