Photographer Captures ‘100 Faces of Flint’

Together with data specialist Scott Levin, Jake May leads readers to the heart of Flint's water crisis.

Jake May never imagined his Michigan backyard would become a war zone. But today, as part of a special front-page package in The Flint Journal and Advance’s sister Michigan newspapers, he has shared an extensive portfolio titled “100 Faces of Flint:”

Earlier this year, I visited several sites across Flint to take portraits of 100 people dealing with the water crisis. 100 portraits. 1/1000th of the community.

These are the stories of my neighbors. We are more than a sound byte. We are human beings who want a basic human right, who want clean water running through our taps.

Helping May tell the 100 stories is data specialist Scott Levin. It’s harrowing, no matter which stark black and white portrait is clicked. Here for example is part of what 48-year-old resident Deborah Clark shared:

Clark’s grandson was born six weeks premature.

Now Jackson Ellington is a 3-year-old, but still having problems, which Clark said could be due to Flint’s contaminated water.

“Every tooth in his head is rotted out,” she said.

In Flint this Mother’s Day, it’s no doubt difficult for Clark and other moms, grandmas to celebrate. The photos can be accessed and viewed here. There’s also a separate page with some of the portfolio participants’ quotes are graphically highlighted.

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