The Meeting of the Vang and Hake Families, for The Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project

I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to the Vang C&C Farm in Jefferson, WI and photograph the meeting of the original land owning family, the Hakes, and the current farmers Chia and Cheu Vang.

The Vang’s emigrated to the United States from Laos during the Vietnam War and were the first certified organic Hmong farmers in Wisconsin. They tend to their farm of traditional asian fruits and vegetables all on their own and sell at local farmers markets.

The meeting of the two families brought up conversation about the land’s history and planned future. The Hakes were happy with the work the Vangs had done.

Shot on assignment for The Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project.



West

I am so excited to be part of this two-person show with Ethan Rafal at Gallerie Kenilworth opening on June 14th! “West” was curated by Aryn Kresol and explores how the American west has been explored through the medium of photography. More info here.



WISPIRG in Kenosha, WI

Today I had the opportunity to photograph the Wisconsin Pubic Interest Research Group’s press hearing on fighting the debt trap created by payday loans in Kenosha, WI. Pastor Jonathan Barker and members of his congregation of Grace Lutheran Church Kenosha are fighting to stop the debt trap in their community. Payday loans come with almost 500% interest in Wisconsin and trap people in a spiral of debt. Community Member Lonnie Stewart stood up and spoke, “I brought this receipt to prove a point. They take $4 off every time I cash a check. Everyone in this neighborhood goes there.”

Shot on Assignment for the Public Interest Network. 


Stephanie Findley of Midwest Construction

Stephanie Findley serves as the Chair of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milwaukee, Chair of the City of Milwaukee Elections Commission, and since 2012 as the CEO of Midwest Construction. I had the great privilege to photograph her and her team at their new construction site of the West Lawns Garden Project. Her Company, Midwest Construction helps train workers into skilled workers to help alleviate Milwaukee’s poverty levels. 

Shot on assignment for Signal Hill. 

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