Tracie Van Auken is a freelance photographer living in West Philadelphia. She is a New Jersey native and received a masters in photojournalism from Ohio University and a bachelors in film from the University of Southern California. Before settling in Philadelphia she worked as a newspaper and magazine photographer in South Florida. A nomad at heart, she's also called Arizona, Paris, and Italy home. When not behind the camera, she is an avid learner of languages- currently studying Arabic and sharpening her skills in French and Italian. She loves running the green parts of the city, particularly Wissahickon Park, and discovering the city's hidden places

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