Cooper has a reputation for being fearless, but she doesn’t hide the fact that she can feel afraid as she walks the streets alone with her gear in plain view, putting her nose where it doesn’t belong. “I would just hand it over,” she says. But that’s never happened. Instead she takes pictures of the neighborhood’s inhabitants and then, after she processes them, carries them around with her on the street, handing them out to the subjects, becoming entwined with their lives in the process. As they stop to thank her, the details of their lives start to come out. These stories keep her out on the street, always ready to look around another corner. “I don’t want anybody to accuse me of slumming, or voyeurism,” she says.