Photo by Derek Kouyoumjian


A Conversation and Exhibit about Public Transportation Infrastructure and Priorities in Greater Boston

Wednesday, June 28 at 6pm

Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St., Central Sq.

Featuring the photography of Derek Kouyoumjian and a panel discussion with leading transit experts and activists

Produced by the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism

In partnership with INVESTNOW

Light hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine served



CONDEMBTA: A Conversation and Exhibit about Public Transportation is a feature photojournalism project highlighting deteriorating MBTA infrastructure. Produced by the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism and photographer Derek Kouyoumjian, the project will include print, online, and video features, as well as a photography exhibit and panel discussion to move the conversation about transit priorities forward.


We obviously want you to come to the event on June 28, but in the meantime please share all your pics of crumbling MBTA bridges and dilapidated trains on social media using the hashtag #CONDEMBTA. The more horrifying, the better.


To bring Kouyoumjian’s work past the page, BINJ and project sponsor INVESTNOW will host an event at Workbar Cambridge (45 Prospect St., Central Square) on Wednesday, June 28 at 6pm. Members of the public will have a chance to see projected images and prints up close, and to commiserate with fellow T riders about the utterly dilapidated state of many Massachusetts tracks, stations, and trains. The event will feature a short interview with Kouyoumjian, followed by a panel discussion with leading transit experts and activists. Complimentary food and beer will be served.

Photo by Derek Kouyoumjian


A native of Dorchester living in Somerville, Derek Kouyoumjian is one of the most active and creatively agile photographers in Greater Boston. Having shot everything from breaking news, to portraits, to food and nightlife for publications including the Boston Phoenix, Boston Business Journal, Boston Magazine, and the Boston Metro, for which he regularly snaps cover photos, Derek’s versatile eye is complemented by his immense knowledge of the cityscapes and people of Mass. He also shoots abroad, including recent trips to the United Arab Emirates and Cuba, and has worked with private clients including the Gardner Museum and Huntington Theatre Company.


The Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism produces bold reporting on issues related to social justice, and cultivates writers and multimedia producers to assist in that role. BINJ supports independent publications in various reportorial and organizational capacities, collaborates with partners on sustainable journalism and civic engagement initiatives, and aims to empower promising muckrakers with training and professional compensation.

Photo by Derek Kouyoumjian
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