New Story: Fernald for the Wall Street Journal


Caregiver Jean Castor pushes resident Margaret Rouleau, 84, down a hallway in her residence at Malone Park at the Fernald Center in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.  Margaret is one of the few residents who can speak.

Caregiver Jean Castor pushes resident Margaret Rouleau, 84, down a hallway in her residence at Malone Park at the Fernald Center in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA. Margaret is one of the few residents who can speak.

I’ve added a new story to my website. Fernald is the story of the 13 remaining residents at the Fernald Developmental Center in Waltham, Massachusetts, the nation’s oldest institution for the disabled. Shot over a couple of days for the Wall Street Journal, the story was exceptionally challenging to photograph. As with any story, my goal is photograph subjects with dignity and humanity in spite of their circumstances. My thanks go out to the residents of Fernald and their guardians for giving me access to tell their story. Also, thanks to Matt and Kate at the Wall Street Journal for calling me for this story. Be sure to read Clare Ansberry’s excellent piece about the facility and watch Araby Williams’ accompanying short video, which also features a few of my pictures.

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