In the News: Wing Young Huie’s “We are the Other”

In the News: Wing Young Huie’s “We are the Other”

Minneapolis photographer uses his camera to bring diverse community together

by Cynthia Boyd, MinnPost
May 31, 2013

Photo by Wing Young Huie
Photo by Wing Young Huie

Take the concept of “other.’’

Really, I’m asking you to consider the word, what it means and how it divides, as does Wing Young Huie, an intriguing Minneapolis photographer and documenter of everyday life.

Huie, a native Minnesotan and the first non-immigrant in his family, uses his camera to coax people to think of “otherness” in America, a society polarized by differences in race, gender, age, sexual orientation, wealth and well …lots of things.

Born to parents who came to the United States from China and growing up in Duluth, he knew firsthand “otherness.’’ People would ask him, “Where are you from?” and he’d answer, “Duluth.’’

But they’d persist, “Really, where are you from?”

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Photographer Wing Young Huie brings neighbors together with latest exhibition

by Marianne Combs, MPR State of the Arts

As part of this weekend’s Arts On Chicago event in Minneapolis, photographer Wing Young Huie has placed 100 of his images inside 20 different businesses along a section of Chicago Avenue.


StevenBe, owner of StevenBe Yarns and Dan, owner of Mill City Auto on Chicago Ave in Minneapolis
Photo by Wing Young Huie

Titled “We Are The Other,” the series consists of portraits of people who live or work in the neighborhood. If you’re familiar with Huie’s past projects that may seem like nothing new, but this time there’s a twist.

Huie, who lives and works on Chicago Ave., used the project to meet his neighbors, and in turn, to get them to meet each other. In the process he got business owners to connect with one another, and even faith leaders to sit down and talk to each other for the first time.

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