Glenn Ruga ’81 opens windows into unseen worlds
From his home office in Concord, Massachusetts, Glenn Ruga ’81—a graphic designer, social documentarian, and human rights activist—created the Social Documentary Network (SDN), a global center for documentary photography. Since 2008, Ruga has grown his network into a community of over 2,000 exhibitors whose work is seen by more than 10,000 visitors each month. To potential members, the network’s website explains, “We want the real stuff, your stuff—messy, awkward, jubilant, filled with contradictions, in want of answers, but the stuff that the world is made up of everywhere, every day.”
This appeal to authenticity is felt in the hundreds of stories on the site and in the pages of ZEKE magazine, its print companion—examples of photos from them are showcased here.
Top image: A Roma village in rural Romania. Children from the village gather to see what's going on inside the house in the evening. Photo by Ruti Alon.