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Race: Are we so different

A blog looking at the changing face of race around our region, created in cooperation with Pacific Science Center, the University of Washington Department of Communication and the City of Seattle Race and Justice Initiative

November 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Race project | Photographer captures his community through the lens of race

Swedish photographer Jens Lennatsson recently embarked on a photographic journey exploring race and diversity. He lives in Malmo, Sweden, a city where more than 50 percent of residents are not of Swedish origin, coming from more than 175 different countries.

In his blog “The EthniCity Project“, Lennatsson explores the diverse roots of his community by interviewing people about where they are from and who they are. Each post starts with an individual’s photo and then shares a bit of that person’s story.

Lennatsson’s project relates to ours because it connects many diverse people who live in the same community and asks them to think about their origin and how it affects their life now. He is able to capture the voice and personality of his community by retelling their stories and sharing photographs that show the diversity. I hope that we are also able to capture and convey the diverse stories of the individuals who visit the exhibit in the true and emotional way that Lennatsson does.


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