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Guide to the Helen M. Stummer Photographs and Papers
 PR 235

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Collection processed by Jenny Gotwals

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 26, 2018
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Biographical Note

Helen M. Stummer was born in 1936. She holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Kean College, and a masters degree in Visual Sociology from Vermont College. Before becoming a photographer, Stummer was a painter. She began taking photographs in 1975, enrolling in classes at the International Center for Photography in New York City, in order to better document subjects for her paintings.

Stummer considers herself a Visual Sociologist. She has focused her camera on photographing economically disadvantaged communities, both in urban and rural settings. In addition to the photographs taken on East 6th Street found in this collection, she has documented inhabitants of the city of Newark, New Jersey, as well as communities in rural Maine and in Guatemala.

Stummer's photographs have been widely published and exhibited. More information on Stummer can be found on her website,