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Richard Tsong-Taatarii

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Phone: 612-673-7202

Richard Tsong-Taatarii is an internationally acclaimed documentary photographer who focuses on social issues of underrepresented minorities.

He was a World Press Photo winner and NPPA Best of Photojournalism Photographer of the Year in 2018
Recent content from Richard Tsong-Taatarii
Heidi Randolph and her son, Sam Corbett, who has Down syndrome, walk around their neighborhood Wednesday, after they returned from an 8-hour trip to N

Photos: Family crosses state lines for COVID-19 vaccine

Sam Corbett, who has Down syndrome, went to North Dakota with his mom to get the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 15,000 Minnesotans have left the state to get vaccines elsewhere.
“We are not going to put up with it much longer,” says Gerald Williams of Virginia, Minnesota of his opposition to Governor Walz’s handling of t

Protesters gather at Minnesota Capitol

Rain Swan,13, is Crow/Lakota and dances to the drumming of Iron Bull, a group from the Standing Rock Reservation. I am "trying to save the kids who ar

'We belong to the river': Images of the Dakota Pipeline protesters

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and hundreds of others are protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which they say could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for millions.
Beckie O’Connor visited her son Jeff’s grave at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. She said she thinks her son would be alive had police handed the

Police being forced to front lines of growing mental health crisis

At a time when police are facing intense scrutiny over the use of force, more law enforcement officials agree with Beckie O'Connor that officers need more training. Yet no one is taking charge.
“They showed great restraint because they did not shoot me,” says Robert Wood who is showing how he held his pellet gun. He is locked up at the Ra

Scars of a standoff in St. Paul: He's now fighting to rebuild his life

During a suicidal episode last year that warped into a standoff, Robert Wood seriously injured a St. Paul police officer by shooting him in the face with an air rifle. But St. Paul officers didn't kill him.
Sgt. Joe Adams of the Roseville Police put on his uniform to start his 6PM to 6AM shift. He found himself in an intractable position of having to neut

Part 1: Police being forced to front lines of mental health crisis

A Roseville officer walks into the unknown every night. Twice, when the calls came, he fired his weapon.
At her home in Pottsdam, Anna Stoehr talks to her son Harlan,83 who is changing the hoses on her washer. She is perhaps the oldest person who lives al

She's one in 7 million

At 111, Minnesota's oldest resident calls herself "a normal person living a normal life," but her longevity puts her in unusual company.
Aaron and Elijah Blasingame, both 7 and identical twins, reached out to each other as Elijah got a new cast made for his legs at Gillette Children’s

Aaron & Elijah: Brotherly love

Twin brothers -- one with cerebral palsy, one without -- have been sweetly connected from the start.
At Kid's Hair, a salon that specializes in cutting children's hair, Frank Nameny V got his first haircut at the age of 14 months. "He has got all this

First haircut

At the age of 14 months, Frank Nameny V. was ready for his first haircut. "He's got all this craziness going on (with his hair). It's time," said dad Frank Nameny IV.
At the intensive care unit of the U of M Amplatz Children's Hospital, Riley Stearns gets his exercise by going around the unit with the Berlin Heart p

The All Too Short Life of Riley

Riley Stearns,4, was one of more than 3,000 Americans who are waiting for a heart transplant. A heart-assist pump gave Riley a fighting chance.