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Oakland photographer shines a light on "#222Forgotten Cities"

Eden Bassett Jones
Photographer, Brittani Sensabaugh

Sensabaugh: We are loved, but we are at war. We feel it when we walk outside. Literally.

Photographer Brittani Sensabaugh grew up in East Oakland, surrounded by fast food restaurants, liquor stores, and check cashing places. To her, other parts of Oakland looked different -- she could see the inequity. When she graduated high school her older brother gave her a camera, but it wasn’t until years later that a chance encounter led her to start taking pictures of familiar faces and places. Now she’s the creator of the project 222 Forgotten Cities, a series of photographs focused on capturing the beauty and struggle of marginalized communities of color across the US. KALW’s Jen Chien spoke with BrittaniSensabaugh about the project.