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Emily Fitzgerald (Emily Fitzgerald Photography) on photography as social practice

Emily Fitzgerald is a photographer, artist and storyteller. Her work explores the nuance and complexity of personal identity and its relationship to family, community and culture. In her practice, she consciously engenders direct participation and allows individual response to shape the process and outcome. Fitzgerald utilizes video and photography and applies socially engaged form and theory to create visual art where collaboration, co-authorship and ethical-representation is primary. As a social practice artist, she seeks to build empathy and inspire curiosity, introspection and reflection. Her creative collaborations have included the Portland Art Museum, Hollywood Senior Center, Zenger Farm, King Public School, Multnomah County Health Clinics, the City of Portland, and she is now beginning work on an intergenerational photo-based project in partnership with TriMet.