Amanda LaCasse has been published in multiple news outlets including The Globe and Mail, the Arizona Republic, and the Downtown Devil. Her photos have also been published in “Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row,” a written history of Phoenix’s premiere artists’ district published by Arcadia Publishing, and on the cover and interior of Write On, Downtown–the ASU College of Letters and Sciences’ annual student literary journal.
I am the former photo editor of the Downtown Devil, a publication run entirely by students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, independent of ASU. Many of these photos have been published in the Downtown Devil, while others are part of other projects.
Casey Hopkins-Johnson peers through a doughnut. Hopkins-Johnson is head baker at the recently opened Welcome Chicken + Donuts. (Amanda LaCasse/DD)
Immigrants are often given paper sacks or plastic trash bags to hold their belongings after being released from detention centers. Read the stories of immigrants who are released from Arizona detention centers at thestation02.businesscatalyst.com. (LaCasse)
Miguel Guerrero has lived in Mesa, Ariz. since 1997. Guerrero was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and was later released from a detention center and brought to the Greyhound station at 24th Street and Buckeye Road. Read Guerrero’s story and the stories of other immigrants at thestation02.businesscatalyst.com. (LaCasse)
Adriana Rosa was held in the Eloy Detention Center for one year and one month after the US Border Patrol intercepted her in the desert. Rosa was released from the detention center and brought to the Greyhound station at 24th Street and Buckeye Road. Read Rosa’s story and the stories of other immigrants at thestation02.businesscatalyst.com. (LaCasse)
Evelyn Cordova holds a birthday card and a drawing of the Virgin of Guadalupe as she sits in the Greyhound station at 24th Street and Buckeye Road in Phoenix. Read Cordova’s story and the stories of other immigrants at thestation02.businesscatalyst.com. (LaCasse)
A panorama of the Greyhound station at 24th Street and Buckeye Road in Phoenix. (LaCasse)
District 7 councilman Michael Nowakowski expresses his excitement to see the plans for the enhancement of Margaret T. Hance Park. Plans were released publicly to a large crowd the evening of March 27, 2014. (LaCasse/AP)
Welcome Diner, a popular restaurant on Tenth and Roosevelt streets, plans to open a new concept in October. The new restaurant will offer chicken and doughnuts. (Amanda LaCasse/DD)
Charlene Tarver, Esq. speaks at a protest against the grand jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown on November 25. Tarver thanked Phoenix for “standing up, and saying that where there is an injustice in America, Phoenix is going to make sure its voice is heard.” (Amanda LaCasse/DD)
Protesters of all ages and races gather at the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse in Phoenix on November 25. Demonstrators rallied after it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the death of Michael Brown. (LaCasse/DD)
Cruz Hernandez sits at the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse in Phoenix on November 25. Cruz was one of more than 50 protesters present at a rally after it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the death of Michael Brown. (Amanda LaCasse/DD)
Midtown Phoenix is illuminated by streetlights and sunset hues. (Amanda LaCasse/DD)
Protesters against alleged police brutality march north from downtown on Central Avenue Saturday evening. The group consisted of more than 50 protesters who stalled a light rail at the McDowell Road and Central Avenue station and held a “die-in” at the McDowell Road and Central Avenue intersection. (Amanda LaCasse/DD)
Bike Thief, a band from Portland, Ore., performed at Last Exit Live in Phoenix in November 2014. (Amanda LaCasse/DD)
Febian Perez, guitarist for Bike Thief, plays at Last Exit Live in Phoenix on November 3. Phoenix was one of the final stops on the band’s tour. (Amanda LaCasse/DD)
ThirdSpace offers services and goods from eyeglasses repair to coffee, haircuts to beer. (Amanda LaCasse/DD)
Police equipped with helmets and resilient plastic shields face protesters at the intersection of Roosevelt and Seventh streets on Friday, December 5. Protesters rallied against alleged police brutality in the police involved deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. (LaCasse/DD)
Protesters lie in the southern crosswalk of Roosevelt and Seventh streets Friday, December 5. Demonstrators rallied against alleged police brutality in the police involved deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. (LaCasse/DD)
Tippy Mueller holds a handmade bracelet adorned with a small rattlesnake at Phoenix Center for the Arts. The center held a Welcome Back Party on Friday to kick off its fall trimester of classes. (Amanda LaCasse/DD)
A sign on the corner of Roosevelt Street and First Avenue warns drivers of upcoming parking meter changes. (Amanda LaCasse/DD)
Visitors celebrate on Grand Avenue during the Fifth Annual Grand Avenue Festival. Grand Avenue has experienced upgrades including on-street parking and bike lanes. (Amanda LaCasse/DD)
City of Phoenix Police gather at First Avenue and Jefferson Street after an alleged shooting March 18. (LaCasse/AP)
The March Against Mainstream Media was started by hacker group Anonymous. About 20 protesters joined Phoenix’s march from Fox 10 to Channel 12 downtown on Saturday afternoon. (Amanda LaCasse/DD)
I traveled to Nicaragua with the Cronkite School’s Borderland Initiative during the spring 2015 semester and shot photos for a story on foreigners living in Nicaragua, and reported on immigration to Costa Rica from Nicaragua.
My Summer 2014 internship with Roosevelt Row CDC included photographing First Fridays Art Walk as well as businesses in the Roosevelt Row area.
Talented, independent street performers are an important part of the art walk.
First Friday Art Walk attendees are able to enjoy various vendors at the A.R.T.S. Market, located on the north side of Roosevelt street between Third and Fourth streets.
Ben’s Bells Project was a fixture of the A.R.T.S. Market in June.
A visitor peers into a box at the Thermal PHX 2014 show at MonOrchid Gallery.
Crowds enjoy the art walk late into the night.
Annabel Sclippa came from the Verde Valley to show her art in RooPho Gallery.
Visitors of all ages are able to enjoy the temporary shop spaces set up along Roosevelt Row.
Joe Pagac paints over the former mural on the east side of Eye Lounge gallery in preparation for a new mural.
Crowds enter and exit Modified Arts, one of the many galleries on Roosevelt Row.
I completed a photo essay on the Garden Club at Hope House Farms, a part of Neighborhood Ministries in Phoenix.
Hope House Farms teaches and encourages community members near Fifteenth Avenue and Fillmore Street to garden in what is often called a food desert. Hope House Farms is an outreach of Neighborhood Ministries. (LaCasse/AP)
An old photograph of Hope House Farms hangs over the mantle. The house was built in 1880 and once belonged to Judge Charles A. Tweed, said Stephanie Garippa, house mother of Hope House. (LaCasse/AP)
Jessica Moran is a resident and Garden Club coordinator at Hope House Farms. (LaCasse/AP)
Fatima, a Garden Club member, holds a handful of strawberries she picked. Garden Club members complete chores after they arrive at Hope House Farms. (LaCasse/AP)
A member of Garden Club pulls a purple carrot out of the ground. Garden Club is an outreach of Neighborhood Ministries at Hope House Farms. (LaCasse/AP)
A Garden Club member catches a chicken during chore time. Garden Club members complete chores after arriving at Hope House Farms and before Moran gives the lesson. (LaCasse/AP)
Two Garden Club members play in an old tire after they complete chores and before Moran teaches the lesson. Many Garden Club members are under the age of 10. (LaCasse/AP)
Jessica Moran holds up a seed bomb–strips of dried newspaper with flower seeds inside–as she explains to Garden Club members how to make them. Members were encouraged to spread the seed bombs in places they find to be ugly, with examples including empty
A beet grown at Hope House Farms weights in at nearly two pounds. (LaCasse/AP)
Moran spends her free time playing guitar in the Hope House garden. Moran is one of the residents of Hope House. (LaCasse/AP)
Hope House Farms is beginning an expansion on a lot next door. Interns from Bio Science High School are finishing the irrigation for their senior project, said Stephanie Garippa, house mother of Hope House. (LaCasse/AP)