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Kenosha History Center pays tribute to photojournalist Al Fredrickson

KENOSHA ⏤ As of today, Kenoshans and visitors alike can experience the life and work of photojournalist Al Fredrickson via an exhibit at Kenosha History Center. 

From now until mid-October, the center at 220 51st Place will be hosting “Through the Lens of a Photojournalist: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Al Fredrickson.”

Bill Siel, current Dist. 2 alderman and retired Kenosha News photographer, guest curated the exhibit. 

“The exhibit is brought to the museum by the collaborative efforts of the Fredrickson family, Walt Ulbricht and with support from the Kenosha Public Museum,” the history center states in a release. 

“The exhibit includes Al Fredrickson’s extraordinary black and white photos taken in Kenosha County, Waukesha County and Milwaukee during the 1970s and 1980s, capturing the working lives, joy, and pain of local residents. In addition, the display features unique shots of NASA shuttle launches, notable celebrities and Wisconsin professional sports teams.”

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Kenosha History Center’s brief Fredrickson bio

According to the center, Fredrickson attended Prairie Lane Elementary and graduated from Tremper High School in Kenosha in 1969. From there, he had a stint in the U.S. Army before eventually graduating from UW-Parkside. 

During his career as a photojournalist, Fredrickson worked for:

  • Kenosha News;
  • Racine Journal Times;
  • Waukegan News-Sun;
  • the Waukesha Freeman newspaper; 
  • And the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Fredrickson also spent more than a decade as a special photo correspondent for the British-based Reuters international news agency, the release states. 

Likewise, he contributed to the Associated Press (AP), Universal Press International (UPI) and Agence France-Press (AFP). He also owned Al Fredrickson Photography.

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‘Selfless family member and friend’

The center and its staff also remember Fredrickson as a “selfless family member and friend,” in its release. He died in April 2021. 

“It is a great honor for the Kenosha History Center to be able to shine a light on the life and work of Al Fredrickson. The ‘Through the Lens’ exhibit is an opportunity for museumgoers to understand and experience the diversity and skill involved with Mr. Fredrickson’s work,” Executive Director Chris Allen said in a statement. 

“We hope that the exhibit inspires young Kenoshans who may follow in his footsteps, and bring back memories for others.”

Chris Allen, Kenosha History Center Executive Director

For more information on the exhibit, contact the Kenosha History Center at 262-654-5770. You may also visit the history center’s website at


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