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‘Pilgrims’ in an urban land: An interview with photographer Zbigniew Bzdak

'Pilgrims' in an urban land: An interview with photographer Zbigniew Bzdak
Zbigniew Bzdak’s adventures as a professional photographer have sent him across the globe. He is a staff photographer with the Chicago Tribune and has covered major assignments such as the war in Iraq and Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Bzdak settled in the U.S. after emigrating from Poland in 1979 to photograph Latin American rivers. His photography has been published in National Geographic,... 

Bobby Scheidemann Shows Us How Everybody Is Trying

Bobby Scheidemann Shows Us How Everybody Is Trying
Bobby Scheidemann’s work intrigues his audience with his usage of everyday objects. A native of Texas, Bobby lived in Chicago this past summer and now resides in New York. His work has been shown in Texas, Chicago and the UK. Bobby is one of four artists to be featured in Everyday Always Trying at The Coat Check at David Weinberg Photography. I had the pleasure of learning more about his photography,... 

Romanticizing and Revising the Past: Kerri Sherman and Camille Iemmolo

Romanticizing and Revising the Past: Kerri Sherman and Camille Iemmolo
  Watches, Photo Courtesy of Kerri Sherman From the distinctly different works of photographer Kerri Sherman and mixed media artist Camille Iemmolo come two parallel narratives.  One focuses on romanticizing nature and conveying nostalgia for craft and perception, while the other explores surreal disillusionment of childhood dreams not completely coming true.  Perhaps the most remarkable aspect... 

Arresting Views of the Arrested: An Interview with Marcelo Grosman

Arresting Views of the Arrested: An Interview with Marcelo Grosman
It is not everyday that we are confronted by work that stops us in our tracks, works at our psyche and leaves us wanting more. When I first laid eyes on the work of Argentinian-born artist Marcelo Grosman, I couldn’t help but wonder who the artist was and who were the people in these spellbinding and unsettling images. Guilty!, the most recent show of Grosman’s work at The Mission Projects,... 

Seeing the Unseen: An interview with Jeremy Bolen

Seeing the Unseen: An interview with Jeremy Bolen
How do we visualize what we cannot see; things that are scientifically proven to exist but are unable perceive with the naked human eye? Photographer, Jeremy Bolen uses his photographic process, a combination of science and art, to explore the unseen realm. In this interview we discussed his interest in the unseen, a bit of physics, some visual theory, and much more. Kate Korroch (KK): What inspired... 

Explorations of Identity, Surroundings, & the World with Hannah Dunsirn

Explorations of Identity, Surroundings, & the World with Hannah Dunsirn
Hannah Dunsirn is a photography student at Columbia College, RAW artist, portrait photographer extraordinaire, and an all-around lovely person.  Hailing from a small town in Northeast Wisconsin, Hannah came to Chicago in 2009 to pursue her love for photography.  Hannah was recently featured at the RAW: Natural Born Artists September showcase, “Ensemble,” where she showed a beautiful series of... 

Shooting the Periphery: An all-nighter with Zane Davis

Shooting the Periphery: An all-nighter with Zane Davis
Zane Davis, “Chicago River (South Branch) at South Canal Street”, Chicago, 2012. Image courtesy of the artist. “Following the north branch from the edge of Skokie to the heart of downtown you see the complete transformation from a creek in a forest, to a drain for the city.” —Zane Davis on the Chicago River A dark and sober night makes me pay attention. Shadows hide the distracting... 

Photography at the Margins

Photography at the Margins
With documentary photography, the artist becomes our extended set of eyes, capturing images we would not normally be able to see. He or she can take members from the edge of society and place them in the center of our vision. It is these qualities that are the power behind Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited, an exhibition of fifty-two photographs by Rick Nehmias currently on display... 

Spotlight: The Chicago Photography Center

Spotlight: The Chicago Photography Center
The Chicago Photography Center has been offering classes in photography in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood for close to 10 years. It grew out of a program in 1969 at the Jane Addams Community Center. Its classes in film and digital photography cover all levels, from amateur through professional. But the center’s reach doesn’t stop there. It aims to nurture the photographic community... 

Spotlight: The Chicago Photography Collective



Spotlight: The Chicago Photography Collective


Four people started meeting for lunch once a month, then something clicked, and a vision took shape. A deliberate community of visual artists was born. The Chicago Photography Collective has attracted more than 25 professional photographers to its membership. It serves as a support system, but it also wants to help foster an identity for photography in the city, member Damon Shell said. New York or... 
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