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Photo: A Portland Journal, Part 5

As Portland strives to revive from the crises of the past three years, K.B. Dixon wraps up his five-part photographic series of scenes from the city that was and might be again.

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South Waterfront, 2012


Text and Photographs by K.B. DIXON


This is the fifth and final installment of A Portland Journal—a short series looking back at the city of Portland before the pandemic, social justice protests, and a homeless crisis ravaged it. It has been said (way too often) that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. The hope here is that those who remember it might profit from a reminder, and that this reminder might prove a provocation; might, in fact, influence one’s perceptions of the possible.

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Umbrella Man, 2013

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Gothic, 2013

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Frog Hat, 2012

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Dan & Louis, 2017

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Flowers, 2018

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Justice, 2017

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Accordion, 2014

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Day of the Dead, 2019

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Man and Dog, 2015

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Previously in this Series:

K.B. Dixon’s work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and journals. His most recent collection of stories, Artifacts: Irregular Stories (Small, Medium, and Large), was published in Summer 2022. The recipient of an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship Award, he is the winner of both the Next Generation Indie Book Award and the Eric Hoffer Book Award. He is the author of seven novels: The Sum of His SyndromesAndrew (A to Z)A Painter’s LifeThe Ingram InterviewThe Photo AlbumNovel Ideas, and Notes as well as the essay collection Too True, Essays on Photography, and the short story collection, My Desk and I. Examples of his photographic work may be found in private collections, juried exhibitions, online galleries, and at K.B. Dixon Images.

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