at long last…PUBLISHED!

i recently was a finalist in the pdn faces portrait contest. this was my third year entering and my first year placing. it’s a big deal to me because it’s my first time being published in anything with more than 1,000 subscribers. i’m on page 60. photo district news is an industry professional magazine specializing in work that is at the forefront of photography. i’m honored that i was chosen as a finalist in the environmental portraiture section.

the reason i am most excited about this is that it will bring more exposure to my dirt floors and stone walls project. this project has been my “photo baby” since i came back from india in october 2011 and nothing would make me happier than doing something for the kids i took pictures of in those schools. the dfsw project will continue when i return to india in february of 2012.

a big thanks to pdn magazine for choosing me and a bigger thanks to my constant supporters…all of you who are reading this.

the caption is as follows:

“Jacob B Murphy

Images from the series Dirt Floors and Stone Walls

the majority of children in india are stuck in a public school system that is preventing them from reaching their full potential. fthe government not only sets restrictions on the schools that are in its system, but also the ones that are trying to liberate themselves from it. non-governmental organizations and individuals funding charter schools are cut off from any support from the government yet are still expected to follow its rules. the children are eager and the teachers are dedicated, but the government is indifferent to the point of negligence.”

here is the complete series of images that i entered:

a school principal stands in the dirt courtyard of a small public school as she calls the children to class.

a young boy sits on the floor as he waits for class to begin.

school children stand for a class portrait outside of their classroom in jaipur, india.

class is dismissed at a muslim ngo school in dharavi (asia’s largest slum).

schoolboys sit for a class portrait at a small public school in a village in the jalgaon district of maharashtra.

a young schoolgirl verbalizes her lessons in front of her class.



~ by jacobbmurphy on July 22, 2011.

One Response to “at long last…PUBLISHED!”

  1. Fantastic news! Congratulations on the well-deserved honor.

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