This Tuesday, the globally recognized photographer Wing Young Huie gave a workshop for the JuiceMedia and SPNN students. He is most famous for his street photography project where he took pictures of people on Lake Street in Minneapolis. He then posted the photos on storefronts all along Lake Street. In this way, Wing was able to share the photos that he took with the community members that he used as his subjects.
Every member of Wing’s family was born in China except for him. He was born and raised in Duluth, MN. This allows him to focus on identity in his work. He asked us: Who gets to decide what our identity is? The students all got a chance to participate during the workshop discussions and Wing gave the students a few project suggestions, one of which is to go up to people that you find compelling and, after taking their picture, ask to try on their clothes, then have them take a picture of you. Wing has done this, and explained that it makes for interesting photographic exploration.