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Julie Plasencia

Julie Plasencia is a photographer who lives in the neighborhood of West Oakland with her husband and two sons. Julie uses the term “community portraiture” to describe the nature of the photography she makes in the neighborhood. This neighborhood has, in recent years, been described by different interests as “up and coming” or “in transition.” What is overlooked with the use of these terms is what was here prior—generations of established families, a sense of community and place as well as public policies and governmental programs that has shifted and challenged the economic and cultural fabric of this neighborhood. As a decade-long resident of West Oakland, she explores the relationships between the different ethnicities, socio-economic classes and religious affiliations among neighbors that currently reflect this history.

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