Joe Shymanski: 1971 to 2023

Joe Shymanski, 2009. Courtesy: J. Shymanski

Walk into any Capitol Hill home and you will likely find a photo taken by Joe Shymanski hanging on the wall. Joe, a resident of D Street SE, was a longtime vendor at the Eastern Market’s Flea Market, where he made a living selling his photographs. Recently, a tragic crime robbed the Capitol Hill community of his kind, thoughtful, gentle presence.

In July 2009, I organized a historical exhibit in the North Hall of Eastern Market to celebrate its reopening. Joe kindly donated 120 photos of his fellow vendors. This month, The Hill Rag has chosen to commemorate Joe’s life by republishing a selection of these portraits.

For more information on Joe and his work, visit

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