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Barbara Miner

barbara j. miner

 Barbara J. Miner is Milwaukee-based writer and photographer whose work has appeared in media ranging from the New York Times to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Nation.  Last spring, her article in Milwaukee Magazine on the 53206 ZIP code was named by the Milwaukee Press Club as the Best Long Feature Story in Wisconsin in 2015.

Miner received a Mary L. Nohl Fellowship in 2008, considered the most prestigious art fellowship in Wisconsin.  The fellowship led to a 60-page photo essay on North Avenue, Anatomy of an Avenue.  Her photos have appeared at a range of galleries, including the Portrait Society and Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.

Her contributions to this feature exhibit are from various Milwaukee zip codes, but particularly the near North Side and near South Side.  They include both photos of everyday life, and also of specific movements such as urban gardening, defense of immigrant rights, and Black Lives Matter.

Miner says her photographic philosophy is best summarized by the British critic and artist John Berger:  “The way we see things is affected by what we know and what we believe. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”

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