Photographer Teri Havens spent three years living part-time in Slab City, “a desolate swath of southern California’s Sonoran desert wedged between the Salton Sea and an active bombing range.”

“ Inspired by the early images of the disenfranchised as depicted by the WPA photographers of the 1930’s, I began a series of portraits documenting the people of Slab City. Using available light, film and traditional printmaking methods, I attempt to capture the universal tension between hope and resignation, between community and isolation.”