Stephen Cysewski

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Stephen Cysewski

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  • Stephen David Cysewski

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Stephen Cysewski was an American photographer known for his self-described "wandering" style of street photography. Born in Berkeley, California he primarily grew up in the Tacoma area and graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in 1967. After college, he moved to Alaska as a VISTA volunteer where he lived for a year in the village of Shaktoolik. There he worked many jobs including as a high school counselor for Indian Education at West Anchorage High School. He earned his master’s of Liberal Arts degree from Alaska Pacific University and then was employed as an assistant professor in Information Technology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1991-2009. He retired as a professor in 2007 and was granted emeritus status. Throughout his life, he traveled the world to such places as Korea, Thailand, Europe, Alaska, and Washington State to take photographs. In 1979 Cysewski traveled to Tacoma where he took hundreds of photographs of the downtown and residential areas in the city. Cysewski passed away at home in Alaska on July 20th, 2020 after battling pancreatic cancer.


Shaktoolik, Alaska (place of residence)
Anchorage, Alaska (place of residence)

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Written by Spencer Bowman, 2021




"Stephen Cysewski captured Tacoma’s 1970s soul. In death, his photos will live on" Tacoma News Tribune, July 25, 2020 "About the Author"Stephen Cysewski: Personality and History Are Both Revealed in Structures, Anchorage Museum, January 26th, 2021.
Stephen Cysewski Obituary, Anchorage Daily News, July 30, 2020, p.3

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