Photographer Mohamed Barre has made an avocation of documenting Somali life in the Twin Cities.
Monday, December 10, 2012
by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON
"I want to capture what my community looks like today, so that the next generations, even a hundred years from now, can see how their ancestors looked and what they did when they settled in Minnesota," said Barre, who works as a child-support officer for Hennepin County and has lived in Minnesota since 1998.
He will present a free exhibit of his work Wednesday, which includes more than 50 stills and a limited-edition book of 80 more images.
Many were shot at or near Riverside Plaza, home to a high concentration of Somalis, as well as in mosques and businesses such as halal markets, restaurants, day-care centers and malls. Some of the photos reflect experiences Somalis had for the first time upon arrival in Minnesota -- falling snow and Vikings games among them.