Tash Billington

Philly Natives

Philly Natives is an archive of street portraits of people bornand raised in Philadelphia. The series pays homage to those who have survived various obstacles and injustices such as poverty, violence, racism, classism, over-incarceration, and the public schoolto-prison pipeline. This series represents a rejection of the outsider’s gaze. We define ourselves. I use photography and conversation to acknowledge the beauty and resilience often overlooked in the people of this city.

Interview with the artist