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Minnesota photographer to speak in Worthington

Minneapolis photographer Wing Young Huie will give a ‘chalk-talk’ Monday — a participatory exercise that encourages conversation and interaction between strangers. (Wing Young Huie/Submitted photo)

WORTHINGTON — Minnesota artist Wing Young Huie will give a presentation, “How Do Photos Form Us?” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Drive. The event is sponsored by the Nobles County Integration Collaborative.

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“I’ve done photography projects in St. James and Mountain Lake about 12 years ago, so I know a little bit of the area,” said Huie. “I like to photograph small towns, especially ones like Worthington, who are becoming diverse with culture.”

Huie, originally from Duluth, confronts many social and cultural issues and engages participants in a thoughtful investigation of how media and entertainment images the public is exposed to daily form cultural and personal perceptions.

“I first heard of him when Sharon Johnson, coordinator of Community Education, saw him at a state conference,” Nobles County Integration Collaborative Coordinator Linda Lund explained. “He really fit perfectly with the goals of the collaborative, which is pulling down the walls and barriers between people.”

Huie is nationally and internationally known, and his work has been featured as close to home as Minneapolis and as far as New York City and Budapest.

He is also well known for his “chalk-talk” segment in his presentation.

“This presentation is meant for sixth-graders all the way up to corporate executives, and I’ve done this exercise with both,” Huie said. “Basically, someone is paired up with someone that they don’t know, and they have to ask each other very difficult and open-ended questions about each other. When I say ‘time’s up,’ they must write down the most interesting thing they heard about the person.

“It’s hard to say who has the more difficult time talking to someone they don’t know and open up — the sixth-graders or the corporate executives,” said Huie with a laugh.

His presentations are all about getting people out of their own bubbles, to have a conversation with someone that one normally wouldn’t and to confront people’s assumptions about one another, according to Huie.

“This isn’t just a lecture — he really takes the time to get to know the audience,” Lund said.

Huie will also speak and give a presentation to local area art students at 1 p.m. Monday in the Worthington High School cafeteria. He will talk with art teachers at 2 p.m.

WHS art teacher Gail Holinka teaches an entire photography unit on Huie.

“I like to teach my students about past photography, but I also like to incorporate modern photography as well,” Holinka said. “He is featured on a website for Minnesota artists, and I really liked his story about diversity — it really is fitting for my students and the school.”

Huie does presentations across the state, from schools to corporate companies.

For more information about Huie’s presentations, visit

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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