The Geography of Youth

Featuring Morrigan McCarthy and Alan Winslow

We became interested in documenting the Millennial generation because we wanted to give our peers an opportunity to speak for themselves. We traveled mostly by bicycle from Alaska to Argentina, then in a loop around Europe and Morocco interviewing Millennials about their lives and making their portraits. After sustaining a knee injury in 2013 we traveled by camper-car 14,000 miles around the United States continuing the project.

In the spring of 2013 we opened The Geography of Youth to online submissions. We invited people born between 1980 and 1995 to upload a self-portrait and answer the same twelve interview questions that we asked hundreds of Millennials around the world.

The portraits and interviews have now been assembled into an interactive public art show. It is our hope that these images and words will spark dialogue about our global generation, our challenges, and our triumphs.

Morrigan McCarthy is a photographer who enjoys the way images can tell a complex story. Morrigan studied poetry and dance at Connecticut College and documentary photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She was selected as the 2012 Maine Visual Arts Fellow and attended the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2007 where she won an award for outstanding work. She is based in Brooklyn, New York where she works as a freelance photographer.


Alan Winslow is a photographer and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He has spent the past six years alternating between freelance work and long-term, grant-funded projects that become public artwork. Alan teaches photography at The Maine Media Workshops and Brooklyn Central. Alan regularly tempts the Gods by consuming unnatural quantities of street food.