Beth M. Hautala
Beth M. Hautala was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1963. She grew up in a blue-collar family, in an all-white upper-middle-class suburb of Milwaukee.
She photographs the American experience of race, class, people and place in order 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.
Then deployed to Iraq in 2009, embedded with an Infantry Brigade Combat Security Team, and was medically retired in 2012.
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 school.
Currently, she is working on a long-term personal project on white supremacy, its domination and privileges, inside three redlined zip codes located in Milwaukee, WI.