The Changing Chicago project commissioned 33 photographers to document different characteristics of their city in the late 1980′s. It was timed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of photography and the 50th anniversary of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documentary project. The FSA project was an iconic moment in America photographic history which resulted in many of the famous photographs of the depression era by (among others) Dorothea Lang and Walker Evans. The Changing Chicago project could be viewed as a descendant of the famous FSA project. It was initiated and funded by Jack Jaffe. He was an unlikely patron, but after selling his successful car repair business he devoted time and resources to his passion: photography. His enthused all the Chicago area Museums to become involved and the final 33 photographers were selected for their artistry – and many who were already involved in long-term, Chicago area photo projects. Sister Maxima and ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ Frankfort, 1988 © Lloyd De Grane At Backyard, we feel incredibly privileged that the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago (MoCP) has granted us permission to reproduce over 100 photographs from the Changing Chicago project. This landmark piece of work represents Chicago … Read More
Acclaimed independent photojournalist Marc PoKempner has called Chicago home for over 40 years. This mini-retrospective includes highlights from several projects focussed on culture and politics in it’s vibrant African-American community. His work has taken him and camera to smoky neighbourhood Blues Clubs, outdoor flea markets, public housing projects and City Hall. He’s shot Mums and Dads raising families, musicians and bartenders, factory workers and the future President of the United States. What each project has in common is Marc’s ability to spot a story and build trusting relationships with all manner of different people.
Simone Fisher’s London Villages Project documented commuters and workers in the City of London. It also tells the story of a personal journey of creative discovery, world travels and a determined recovery from a life-changing accident.
The London Villages Project ran for a year from March 2011 – February 2012. It was completed by members of London Independent Photography who investigated and documented their immediate neighbourhood and community – or as they conceptualised them, their own ‘London Villages.’
Highlights from the Changing Chicago Project featuring Stephen Marc, Melissa Ann Pinney, Antonia Perez, James Iska, James Iska and Richard Younker.
Highlights from the Changing Chicago project featuring Jay King, Thomas Frederick Arndt, Tom Petrillo, John Kimmich, Russell Phillips and David Avison.
Highlights from the Changing Chicago project featuring Tom Harney and Jay Wolke.
Highlights from the Changing Chicago Project featuring Wayne Cable, Lloyd De Grane, James Newberry, Meg Gerken and Angela Kelly.
Highlights from the Changing Chicago Project featuring Tom Hocker, Dick Blau, Peter Hales, Kerry Coppin and David Dapogny.
Highlights from the Changing Chicago Project featuring Jay Boersma, Barbara Ciurej-Lindsay Lochman, Patty Carroll, Bob Thall and Rhondal McKinney.