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Photographer Scott Strazzante discusses Common Ground December 5th

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One-Day Digital-Photography Bootcamp December 6th:

This intensive one-day digital photography class introduces students to digital photography and the basic operation of DSLR cameras. New dates have been scheduled for November 15th and December 6th

NEW HALF-DAY CLASS: The Smart iPhone/Smartphone Photographer Dec. 13th

iPhonesTurn your iPhone or Smartphone into an awesome creative photography tool. Get acquainted with an app or two (free apps and those with a minimal investment, .99-$4.99). Learn how best to hold your phone, adjust exposure, work in different lighting situations, etc. We’ll also get into a few more advanced functions and the instructor will work with individuals on their specific goals, such as better photos for a business, portraits of kids, etc. You’ll leave this class with a new toolkit that will enable your creativity to soar  and you’ll be taking better photos with any camera – the one on your phone, your favorite point-and-shoot, or an SLR! Next chance is December 13th




Hear photographer Scott Strazzante discuss his new book ‘Common Ground’ on December 5th


Come hear a first hand account of the creation of an extraordinary long-term documentary project by photographer — and former Chicago Photography Center instructor — Scott Strazzante.

A two-hour photo shoot assigned to Scott Strazzante in 1994 turned into a 20-year side project and his first book, Common Ground. It’s the latest of his accomplishments in a career spanning three decades.

Common Ground: The last half-century has seen the disappearance of the American family farm, and the grave cultural and environmental impact of the resulting suburban sprawl.

CommonGround2_webIn 20 years of looking, Scott Strazzante sets judgment aside as he explores the evolution of one plot of Illinois farmland, and the people who live their lives there. He is there as Jean and Harlow Cagwin watch their home demolished; he is also there as Ed and Amanda Grabenhofer nurture their children just yards from the Cagwin’s former cornfield.

What results is Common Ground, in which we are given a chance to mourn what is lost, but are also challenged to question the meaning of home.

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Strazzante worked at suburban newspapers before joining the Chicago Tribune in 2001. There, he was named Illinois Photographer of the Year an unprecedented 11 times, and was part of the Tribune team that won a 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting.

His work has appeared in National Geographic and Sports Illustrated. He now works at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Scott will discuss the Common Ground project and sign books on December 5th at 7:00 pm at the Chicago Photography Center

621 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657

Suggested donation: $10/$8 for members


Next Wine & Critique November 21st at 7:00 pm


Selfie Without a Cell Phone by Jon Damaschke

Selfie Without a Cell Phone by Jon Damaschke

The next Wine & Critique will be held on November 21st and the theme is RAIN. Please visit the Wine & Critique website for more, including details on how you can submit work for the monthly contest. Please note that to be eligible for the contest, the photographer must be present to discuss their work.

Submit your photo or just stop by, we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations to the newcomer Jon Damaschke who submitted the winning image at the October Wine & Critique! The theme was “Selfie Without a Cell Phone.”


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