Postcards from Allston

Visit the Crossings Gallery to see the artwork in-person from June 2–September 9


Created by the documentarian Edward Boches and featuring the rich visual texture of this diverse neighborhood to document the change that's underway, Postcards From Allston invites you to participate in a conversation about your hopes, dreams, and concerns for this community.

Enjoy Boches' photography then share your own vision for Allston on a blank postcard in the gallery or via the answer box below.
 

 

Postcards from Allston, created by photographer Edward Boches in partnership with Allston Village Main Streets, is a project celebrating the color, character, and creativity of Allston, while also documenting the change that's underway. Through a combination of photographs, public art installations, social media, voices from the community, and fundraising for the arts, the initiative hopes to inspire community and conversation and make art more accessible to all.

Printing by Digital Silver Imaging

 

Artist Statement

"Allston remains one of Boston's most authentic neighborhoods. A combination of small businesses, bodegas, and ethnic restaurants, its storefronts alone convey "melting pot." Its population of white, Asian, Hispanic, and Black residents makes it more diverse than many of its bordering towns. And its relative affordability, in one of the country's most expensive cities, has made it a magnet for a young creative community—musicians, dancers, and, of course, the street artists whose murals populate walls and electrical boxes throughout the neighborhood.

However, Allston is in the midst of a burst of development. And with that comes new challenges. As hundreds of new, high-end apartment units and condos near completion, the question becomes,
'How much will this neighborhood change?'"

— Edward Boches

What Do You Think?


What are your hopes for the community? How do you feel about change in Allston?

  • My wish for the future of Allston is...
     

    "To have an inclusive community."

    Anonymous
  • My wish for the future of Allston is...
     

    "To stay as eclectic and creative as possible!"

    Abigail, Allston
  • My wish for the future of Allston is...
     

    "More greenspace and opportunities for the community to come together and share ideas."

    David, Boston

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Purchase Your Own Postcards from Allston!

Postcards can be purchased online here or in packs of 25 in person at the Harvard Ed Portal. They’re perfect for mailing, gift giving, or even framing.

All proceeds support local arts initiatives.

Meet the Artist

Edward Boches

Edward Boches is a Boston and Cape Cod-based street and documentary photographer.

His work has shown in museums and galleries that include the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester; the Bronx Documentary Center in New York City; the Cambridge Association for the Arts; the Plymouth Center for the Arts; the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont; the Providence Center for the Photographic Arts; and in Boston at both the Bromfield Gallery and Panopticon Gallery.

Boches' work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Zeke Magazine, and The Provincetown Independent, where he is a regular contributor.

Interested in the ways in which ordinary people live, work, play, struggle, and take action, he frequently donates his photography to causes and organizations he believes in. In 2021 and 2022, he received multiple grants for public art installations for his community based project Postcards from Allston, which raises money for local arts initiatives.