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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Talk to Strangers

Talk to Strangers is a wonderful art project that documents Portland’s diverse populations through daily personal stories and photos.   

Created by talented local photographer Julie Keefe, the ongoing project provides a unique peek into the lives of Portlanders of all ages and backgrounds. 

Keefe was inspired by a quote from the famous poet, William Stafford: “Don't forget to talk to strangers, because if you don't, how will you learn anything?” She presents a story and a portrait of new people she meets every day. Keefe takes a photo every day – her goal is to have an art show featuring all 365 portraits in early 2016.   

Keefe is Portland’s first-ever creative laureate.  Created in collaboration with the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the City of Portland, the creative laureate is an artistic professional who serves as a cultural ambassador of Portland.

Check out Keefe’s Facebook page, Talk to Strangers, to see daily posts and portraits of your fellow Portlanders.


Photo courtesy of Julie Keefe.