Karen Ramsey, our co-editor, photographer, and friend to so many in D.C., died on Monday. We are all still in shock, and there aren’t adequate words. Here are some of her photos that illustrate how Karen reached out and touched so many people.
Karen showed up. All the time, everywhere. These next photos are just a few of the times she showed up to mourn and document local tragedies.
Hugh Washington and his 17-year-old son Ahkii were shot inside their apartment in July 2019. A football teammate of Ahkii Washington-Scruggs signs his varsity jersey with his number 26 at a memorial at Dunbar High School
A mural by Jah-One on the Holiday Market near Somerset Prep DC school is dedicated to 15-year-old Maurice Scott, who was fatally struck by a bullet in May 2019 as he was walking to a convenience store.
Bike advocate Dave Salovesh was killed in 2019 by the speeding driver of a stolen van. Friends of his share memories of him at the temporary ghost bike placed at 12th Street and Florida Avenue NE.
A wooden cutout served as a temporary memorial for the two homeless men, Thomas Dwight Spriggs and Jesus Antonio Llanes-Datil, fatally struck by a driver while they were sitting on benches in a park on Pennsylvania Ave NW on a summer night in July 2019.
She saw both the famous and the quiet moments of the city. Here are some of the famous moments she saw:
John Lewis procession to the Capitol
Rain didn’t stop Karen from standing for long periods listening to important issues. Here, Winona LaDuke, co-founder of Honor The Youth With The Indigo Girls, shared an impassioned speech on her work with environmental justice in indigenous communities.
We are still in awe about how Karen managed to get up high to see Black Lives Matter Plaza right after it had been painted.
Karen documented not only the major demonstrations in D.C., but the heartfelt smaller scenes.
We didn’t know Karen back when she was in the Peace Corps, but here are some of her photos of those times.
A yam farmer and his son in Binadjoube, Togo. This photo was used on the welcome manual for new Peace Corps Volunteers to Togo for several years.
Riders playing kokpar (also called buzkashi), a polo game with a goat carcass at Song Kul lake in Kyrgyz Republic, a summer pasture area for nomadic herders. 2007
Horses in Naryn Province, Kyrgyz Republic along the silk road. 2007
Women stringing beads for trinkets at the tourists market in Pretoria, South Africa. 2008
Karen in May watching the Cleveland Park hawks
For seeing more of the world through Karen’s eyes, here’s her
Instagram account, and the project she did on this site showcasing the views she’d captured of D.C. many years apart.
A great friend to so many. Rest In Peace.