Different Roots, Common Dreams

Project Statement

Since 2012, photographer Becky Field has been documenting the lives of immigrants and refugees in New Hampshire, a state known for low cultural diversity[1] . Her work celebrates the contributions that new Americans bring to our communities, and shows that, while we may have different cultural backgrounds, we all have similar dreams for safe homes, secure jobs, and bright futures for our children.

Her project has been honored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire, and the Turkish Cultural Center of New Hampshire. In 2018, Becky was named “Most Fascinating Artist” by Concord Community TV.

Becky has shared her work through numerous talks and exhibits on diversity and immigration. She has published a book of her photographs, “Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity,” (2015, Peter E. Randall Publisher, Portsmouth NH) which includes an introduction by former New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, stories by NH immigrants, and a foreword by John Isaac, former Chief of the Photo Unit, United Nations. The book has won two national awards.

Recently, Becky partnered with the NH Charitable Foundation to start the Different Roots, Common Dreams Scholarship Fund to help refugees and other immigrants complete a four-year undergraduate degree. Several others have joined her in contributing to this fund. For more information, visit http://differentrootsnh.com/scholarship-fund/.

Becky holds a Certificate in Photography from the NH Institute of Art, and has studied photography throughout the Northeast. In past work she was a research ecologist and university professor. She holds masters and doctoral degrees in wildlife ecology.

For more information, contact Becky

[1] http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/33000.html