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Living Diversity

The Columbia Pike Documentary Project
Lloyd Wolf, Duy Tran, Paula Endo, Xang Mimi Ho, and Aleksandra Lagkueva

BUY Cloth · 174 pp. · 8.5 × 11 · ISBN 9780990798804 · $39.95 · Aug 2015

Living Diversity collects work by the Columbia Pike Documentary Project, a team of photographers and interviewers who have captured the evolving life of the people and places that make up this historic corridor in Arlington, Virginia, immediately adjacent to the nation’s capital.

Five gifted photographers have collaborated to document the essence of the place they call home. Older, established ways of life are still in place along the Pike, flourishing alongside those of large numbers of citizens from every corner of the planet. Unlike in many parts of the world, or even in our own country, a stunningly diverse set of people live here in relative harmony.

The book depicts historical, artistic, demographic, and cultural trends in this unique community, trends that are mirrored, in one stage or another, in other areas of the nation. Visually, it offers an avenue for understanding the soul of this successful experiment in tolerance and diversity. An exploration, a celebration, a gritty and thought-provoking journey, the book is also a series of quietly expressed questions posed by each photographer. Their eyes, hearts, and minds were opened throughout this seven-year journey--they trust yours will be also.

Distributed for the Columbia Pike Documentary Project


Now that a majority of the world’s population lives in cities, humans have become a human species. Our future depends on ability to convert the UN mantra of building inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable communities. As Living Diversity elegantly illustrates, there is no better way to begin that journey than with a walk down Columbia Pike.

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About the Author(s): 

Lloyd Wolf is an award-winning photographer with work held in the Corcoran Museum of Art and the Library of Congress, among other institutions. He has worked for the Washington Post Magazine, National Geographic Explorer, AFL-CIO, People, and Vogue. He is the author of three books and has taught at George Mason University, Shepherd College, and to homeless and immigrant youth. Duy Tran’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian, FOTOWEEKDC, Flux, Artisphere, and Ellipse Art Center. A recipient, with Lloyd Wolf, of an NEA grant for the Arlington Photo Documentary Project, Paula Endo also founded the Columbia Heights West Teen Photo Project. Xang Mimi Ho won top honors in a national juried exhibition for young artists with disabilities from VSA Arts. She has taught at George Mason University and the Art Institute of Washington. Aleksandra Lagkueva is an award-winning photographer and videographer whose work has appeared at NVCC’s Tyler Gallery and Artisphere.

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