Charan Devereaux grew up near Cleveland, Ohio. As a photographer, she is drawn to urban life and the meaning of work, creating portraits of people in their work environments. Charan currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, the most densely-populated city in New England and a former meat-packing capital.  Her work has received support from the Somerville Arts Council/Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (Mass Humanities), and she has contributed photographs to The Boston Globe. Charan received a 2017 Leadership in History Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for her project "Union Square at Work: Photographs, Stories and Music from Somerville's Oldest Commercial District," which includes a series of public programs on local economic history, and a music collection called the Union Square Somerville Playlist. Charan has photographed many Boston-area musicians for their albums, websites and press materials. She studied photography at the Massachusetts College of Art, the New England School of Photography, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Harvard University.

For information on Union Square at Work events and music visit  www.unionsquareplaylist.com


Selected Exhibits


Boston City Hall, Scollay Square Gallery,  "Stare," curated by Karen Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Griffin Museum of Photography's Gallery at Lafayette City Center Passageway, "'The Visual Metric," curated by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography

Dedham Portrait Project, sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Dedham Square Artist Guild, curated by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography


Griffin Museum of Photography, 22 Juried Show Exhibit via Instagram, curated by Paula Tognarelli and Iaritza Menjivar

Massachusetts State House, "Union Square at Work,"  presented by State Representative Denise Provost and the Somerville Museum

Peter Griffin Fine Art Photography, Providence RI, Invitational Holiday exhibit

Griffin Museum of Photography, Atelier 24 and Winter Solstice exhibits


The Somerville Museum, "Union Square at Work"

Past Exhibits

Washington Street Art Center, Somerville MA

Club Passim, Cambridge MA

Holyoke Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA


Selected Press

The Somerville Times, "The Somerville Museum's 'Union Square at Work' Wins Award." Rebecca Danvers, September 7, 2017.

What Will You Remember? Blog, "32 Reasons to Stare!" Elin Spring, June 13, 2017.

The Somerville Journal, "Historians and entrepreneurs discuss Somerville’s immigration and economy," Mariya Manzhos, May 15, 2017, p. A1.

The Boston Sunday Globe, “Union Square as it Was,” October 4, 2015, p. G4.

The Boston Globe, "Portraits of Somerville's Union Square at work," Bennie DiNardo, October 2, 2015.

The Somerville Times, "Meet the Workers of Union Square," Mariya Manzhos, October 8, 2015, p. A1. 

What Will You Remember? Blog, “Beckoning Byways!" Elin Spring, December 2015.