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Justice for Moses Harris

Edward Boches | MA, United States

Organization: Boches Photography

Poster calling for justice for Moses Harris.

On December 20, at 2:30 am, Moses Harris allegedly ran into the freezing Concord River to escape Lowell police officers who were attempting to arrest him. As of this posting, his body has not been found. The police report they have searched the river “extensively” with support from the Lowell Fire Department, divers, drones, and thermal imaging equipment. The family claims the police are not being entirely forthcoming. The officers pursuing Harris that night were not wearing body cameras, so all that is known is that they were the last ones to see him alive.

In early January, the family and supporters marched and protested outside the Lowell Police Department demanding transparency and the continued search for Moses. While it remains unclear exactly what happened to Moses on that tragic morning, what has come into sharp focus in the last year is the public’s distrust of police everywhere.

While taken at just one event on a single day, the images here reflect the ever widening gap between the the police and the public they are charged with protecting.

Edward Boches is a Boston and Cape Cod-based photographer with a keen interest in documenting how people live, work, play and struggle. He uses his camera to explore subjects and communities he might otherwise never connect with.

In recent years Boches has sought out subcultures that bring people together, photographing political rallies, inner city boxing gyms, and most recently the agricultural community of outer Cape Cod.

In the spring of 2020 he curated and produced the site PandemicBoston.com, six projects that collectively capture how the pandemic transformed Boston’s landscape, forced behavior change, and triggered anxiety. The Boston Globe, WGBH and BU Today, among others, covered the online gallery, and in November, Pandemic Boston opened as an exhibit at Panopticon Gallery in Boston.

In 2018, his project Seeking Glory, celebrating the courage and strength it takes to be a fighter, was exhibited as a solo show at the Griffin Museum’s SoWa gallery, juried into the Social Documentary Network’s 10th Anniversary presentation at the Bronx Documentary Center, and featured in Stand Magazine.

That same year, Slowly at First, a series that captured his Mom’s last month, was exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography, featured as a highlight of the month by the Social Documentary Network, and awarded two honorable mentions at The LA Photo Curator’s Confronting Mortality competition.

Boches believes strongly that a photographer has a responsibility to give back to the communities whose stories he tells. As such he supports local journalism by donating his services as a contributing photographer with the Provincetown Independent. Every year he recruits a team of photographers to volunteer their services in documenting Boston Book Festival. And beginning in 2020, in partnership with Digital Silver Imaging, he donates images to Wellfleet SPAT, with all proceeds from sales going to SPAT’s shell fishermen relief fund.

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