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Lisa Ahlberg

Francisco, White Center, Washington, 2010
Archival pigment print
16 x 16 inches
Edition of 10, signed
Retail framed: $700
© and courtesy Lisa Ahlberg

Lisa Ahlberg lives in Seattle, Washington. She is a graduate of the Photographic Center Northwest, 2005. From 2009 - 2015, she served as a member of its Board of Directors and is an active member of the community of PCNW photographers.

Ahlberg has taken portraits in White Center, Washington for almost 20 years. At first she set up a “street studio” approaching strangers to join in making a portrait. The project has grown since to include other images, and many subjects are no longer strangers.

White Center has a small town feel to it. The folks I’ve met and photographed largely do not work in Seattle’s well known tech industry. Rather they are part of the more traditional Seattle-area working class based in aircraft manufacturing, ship building, construction, small industry and the growing service sector. Some are also artists and musicians. Those I photograph are much like the people I work with on the Boeing factory floor in Renton.

I love Francisco’s flair. He is a worker, a bead artist and a passionate gardener. He is an example of what I love about White Center, a neighborhood that exemplifies the way the U.S. is enriched by workers who continue to immigrate here from other countries.

Images from this series has been exhibited at Photographic Center Northwest, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Kent Centennial Gallery, and numerous locations in White Center including Proletariat Pizza and the White Center Community Development Association.

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