Mary Beth Meehan

Providence, Rhode Island

Molly – Providence, RI

Molly – Providence, RI

My family jokes that I rarely want to photograph white people. They make fun of me, pointing out individuals – an elderly woman in… More

Styles – Providence, RI

Styles – Providence, RI

Styles remembers being a child in Wakefield, growing up in a small cottage near the ocean, with an outhouse at the back and a… More

Annye – Providence, RI

Annye – Providence, RI

I’m sitting in my car in Washington Park, in front of a big white house with red trim, and I can’t believe what I… More

Bidur – Providence, RI

Bidur – Providence, RI

What is it that I should tell you? Should I describe the way the bombs sounded, or name the friends and neighbors killed? Should… More

Providence Installation 2015

SEEN/UNSEEN Installation With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in conjunction with the Providence International Arts Festival, eight portraits from Seen/Unseen have… More

Marina Installation

Marina Installation

Marina was one of eight people who agreed to having her photograph reproduced on a large-scale banner, amid the public bustle of downtown Providence. As… More

Marina – Providence, RI

Marina – Providence, RI

On the East Side, clustered around the Providence Hebrew Day School, on Elmgrove Avenue, is an enclave of Orthodox Jews. I live near there,… More

Thaun – Providence, RI

Thaun – Providence, RI

My friend Molly is from Cambodia. She is very active within the Southeast Asian community in Rhode Island. I told her I was making portraits… More

Omowunmi – Providence, RI

Omowunmi – Providence, RI

Omowunmi is a soldier, a mechanic in the U.S. Army. Her specialty is “light-weight vehicles”: trucks, trailers, Humvees. She has been stationed at Fort… More

Li Li – Providence, RI

Li Li – Providence, RI

My sons play baseball at the fields on Gano Street. I recently ran into a guy there I’d known in graduate school, whose name… More

Wannton – Providence, RI

Wannton – Providence, RI

In the mid-1990s, while I was a staff photographer at The Providence Journal, I became acquainted with a Haitian church community in Providence. When… More

Pang – Providence, RI

Pang – Providence, RI

Pang works at Chick-fil-A, at the Warwick Mall. While fast-food customers purchase chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, she stands in the back kitchen, washing… More

Jose – Providence, RI

Jose – Providence, RI

It’s summer and I’m trying to make a portrait of two little boys on the back steps of an apartment building in South Providence.… More

Tracey – Providence, RI

Tracey – Providence, RI

Tracey tells everyone she meets that she’s looking for work. At church, going back and forth on the bus that she takes on North… More

Lee – Providence, RI

Lee – Providence, RI

I first met Lee at a meditation group that gathers on the West Side on Saturday mornings. He lives in my neighborhood, off Hope… More

Bookie – Providence, RI

Bookie – Providence, RI

Darnell’s mother thinks he looks high in this picture: glossy-eyed, thin, struggling with life. She says it shows the pain he was in when… More

Anna – Providence, RI

Anna – Providence, RI

I’m back in Olneyville, in August, and it’s hot. The never-ending road construction has made it hard to walk, and I trip and fall and… More

Delmi – Providence, RI

Delmi – Providence, RI

When Delmi’s husband moved out, she had to find a way to support herself. They had both come from El Salvador and married here,… More

Fernando – Providence, RI

Fernando – Providence, RI

Sometimes I see a perfect picture in front of me: the light, the color, the mood, the gesture. The person. In my mind is… More

Rose – Providence, RI

Rose – Providence, RI

Rose is the wife of a teacher at my sons’ school, someone whose beauty I’d long admired, though I didn’t know her very well.… More

Rafael – Providence, RI

Rafael – Providence, RI

I was in Olneyville Square, walking, when I heard something clanging behind me, metal against metal. An elderly man in a brown cap was… More

Rhonda – Providence, RI

Rhonda – Providence, RI

Rhonda says this portrait of her shows “mixed emotions”: “happy and kind of sad at the same time.” When I first met her, she… More

Scott – Providence, RI

Scott – Providence, RI

It’s Sunday morning on Manton Avenue, and I’m struggling. I go into a church and ask to make some portraits, but the pastor says… More

Trudy – Providence, RI

Trudy – Providence, RI

I first met Trudy when the crocuses were in bloom. They were white, illuminated by the sun, scattered across her front lawn. As I… More

Providence Portraits

Providence Portraits

Providence Portraits is a new body of work that I will be posting here, formerly known as Seen/Unseen. It looks at the city of Providence,… More