by Sarah Kessler
Originally published: April 4, 2016
Photographer Helena Price's touching project features designers, engineers, and product managers who break white-bro stereotypes.
"I was born in Thailand in 1980 in a refugee camp near the border of Thailand and Cambodia."
"I am a half Puerto Rican trans woman."
"I’m a Canadian queer artist/activist who went back to school at 30."
When most people conjure a vision of "techies," it does not include stories that begin like these. Photographer Helena Price borrowed the loaded, somewhat derogatory term for an art project that highlights 100 designers, engineers, and product managers—including those quoted above—who don’t fit into the stereotypical tech mold. Techies, a collection of portraits and interviews that Price published today, aims to tell an oral history of the tech industry from the perspective of people who are underrepresented inside of it. "For people who are outside of the industry looking in, I want them to know that there are people who come from hardship; they aren’t all Ivy League wealthy young boys," she says, "It’s a mix of people who are here, and they’re passionate about building stuff." For others who work in tech, she says, "If you decide that diversity is important, here are the things that you need to know about and solve for."