Wing Young Huie's documentary photography

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1 Photographer Wing Young Huie outside his studio near Chicago Avenue and 38th Street S., Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 in Minneapolis. 
2 Photographer Wing Young Huie, second from right, talks with Macalester College students and American Studies Professor Juliana Hu Pegues, right, about his work Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at his studio in south Minneapolis. 
3 Photographer Wing Young Huie, right, welcomes a group of Macalester College students to his studio Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 in Minneapolis. The students, who are taking a class called Placing Race and Seeing Social Inequality, were there to meet filmmaker Mark Tang and discuss his documentary "Open Season" about a Hmong deer hunter who killed six white hunters in rural Wisconsin. 
4 Macalester College students listen to filmmaker Mark Tang talk about his documentary, "Open Season," Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Wing Young Huie's photography studio in south Minneapolis. 
5 Wing Young Huie's photographs, such as this one, confront the viewer with their perceptions about what they're seeing, set against how the subject of the photograph sees himself as expressed on a chalk board. 
6 Chalk talk from two of Huie's subjects. 
7 Two of Wing Young Huie's subjects. Last year Huie opened up a gallery called "The Third Place," and is using it as a different way of building community. In addition to photography shows, Huie hosts karaoke nights and other gatherings. 
8 Huie is a true "populist photographer." He develops his film (yes film) at Walgreens, and keeps his printing methods simple so that just about anyone can afford to buy a photograph. Now he's looking to publish "postcard books" of his shows, making them even more accessible. 
9 Wing Young Huie recently presented a slideshow of images to students at the University of Wisconsin campus in Superior, including this one of some Latino men hanging out around a nice-looking car, with the window rolled down. One student thought the scene depicted a drug deal. But eventually others correctly guessed the image was of day laborers negotiating a job -- the photo started a conversation about how two different people can see the same exact image, and have a very different reaction. 
10 Photographer Wing Young Huie outside his studio near Chicago Avenue and 38th Street S., Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 in Minneapolis.