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Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood

Photography by Wing Young Huie

Minnesota Historical Society Press (September 15, 1996)


Frogtown is a discerning portrait of an ethnically mixed neighbourhood that lies within the shadow of the Minnesota State Capital near downtown St. Paul. Wing Young Huie combines 130 compelling black-and-white photographs, some 50 quotes from talks with residents, and his own commentary to produce a powerful depiction of life on Frogtown's streets and front porches, in its kitchens and backyards, shops and churches. The images are documentary in nature, but the perspective is that of an artist who leaves meanings open to interpretation. Drawn to Frogtown by his own abiding curiosity, Huie spent two years photographing and getting to know its people -- working class whites, Southeast Asian immigrants, African Americans, American Indians, and Latinos. These exquisitely rendered images of Frogtown show the multiple realities that make up a dynamic urban neighbourhood. At the same time, they reflect the changing faces of American cities.

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Wing Young Huie has photographed the dizzying mixture of socioeconomic and cultural realities of the changing American city. His best-known work, Lake Street USA, transformed six miles of a Minneapolis thoroughfare into an epic photo gallery.

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  • 160 pages
  • 10.5 x 9.5 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873513364

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