Lake Street USA

Lake Street USA

Book - 2001
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In the summer and fall of 2000, Lake Street, a major Minneapolis urban thoroughfare, was transformed into one of the largest public art exhibits. Photographer Wing Young Huie's 675 b&w images, ranging in size from 8 by 10 inches to 8 by 12 feet, were displayed along six miles in store windows, transit stops, and billboards. The images reflect the mixture of socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural realities of the neighborhoods connected by Lake Street. Many of the photographs presented here are accompanied by excerpts from interviews with the subjects. The photographer was named Artist of the Year for 2000 by the Minneapolis Star Tribune for his work on the Lake Street project. Material is presented in a horizontal format, 10x8". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Publisher: St. Paul, Minn. : Ruminator Books, c2001
ISBN: 9781886913479
Branch Call Number: 779.2092 HUIE
Characteristics: xv, 219 p. : ill. ; 21 x 26 cm


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Nov 23, 2013

I lived in proximity to Lake Street in Minneapolis from age 12-27 so I was intrigued by the photographer's idea to document it. I thought it was wonderful that the photos were then displayed along Lake Street itself. But the book disappointed me. The photographs were crammed into the pages like snap shots in a photo album. Many were too small to really appreciate and none had captions. Although some pages had quotations, there were photos on the same page that had nothing to do with the quotes. There was no map so readers could understand where things were happening. While some of the photographs were very good, in my opinion, lots were just mediocre. Good idea though.


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