2014 to 2016
Haymarket, Boston’s centuries-old open-air market, has weathered economic downturns, the advent of the supermarket, and massive construction projects from the Central Artery to the Big Dig. The market is a reflection of the city’s changing population, and today includes Halal butchers, artisanal cheesemongers, Cambodian fruit sellers, and workers from South America and Asia.
Haymarket, The Soul of the City presents photographic documentation, as well as videos featuring the sights, sounds, and voices of Haymarket that reflect the stories of long-time vendors and more recent immigrants who have created a diverse cross-section of cultures at the site. This body of work documents the market’s history, special holiday foods, and specific challenges facing the market today.
This project was a collaboration of Historic New England, the Haymarket Pushcart Association (HPA), and photographer Justin H. Goodstein.