Dr. Neal Newfield of West Virginia University has long let his camera chronicle the human condition in the Mountain State.
And now, a collection of photographs snapped by the associate professor of social work is being shown in Pittsburgh, at the Pittsburgh Filmmaker Galleries.
Making Ends Meet: West Virginia Community Voices will be display through Dec. 4 at the gallery.
The 87 photographs chronicle the lives and times of working-poor West Virginians who are scrambling every day to literally make ends meet, Newfield said.
He uses photography to illustrate his teaching and research, he said, putting a face to data in a state where the up-and-down economy mirrors the mountainous terrain.
Newfield earned a Ph.D. in social work from Texas Tech University.
WVU faculty senate research and public service grants helped fund the development of the collection. Additional support was provided by Beatrice Ruth Burgess Center for West Virginia Families and Communities; Mountainside Media; West Virginia Community Voices; and WVU s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.