Beth M. Hautala was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1963. She grew up in a blue-collar family, in a Milwaukee upper-middle-class suburb.
Beth photographs the American experience of race, class, and identity to know the world better and give meaning to her emotional life.
Beth graduated from Carroll College, Waukesha WI in 1990, with a B.A. of Philosophy.
Then enlisted in the U.S. Army as a combat medic on September 19, 1990, before the Persian Gulf war and served state-side in various positions. After 9/11, Beth's primary job involved combat training that was comprehensive and focused on the Global War on Terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq. She deployed to Iraq in 2009, embedded with a brigade infantry combat team, and was medically retired in 2013.
Beth began her photographic studies, as a form of art therapy, at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Missoula, MT in 2016 and completed their five-month career intensive training program.
(2017 - to date), Beth is working on a documentary project on systemic racism and the struggle for freedom and its perpetual terror inside three housing redlines located in Milwaukee, WI.