Throwback: Chicago Photography Collective Show, Opening 12.19.2009

I used to be a member of a group of illustrious Chicago photographers called Chicago Photography Collective that existed from 2009 to 2011. It was billed as “a group of professional photographers who have come together to build a sense of community among
photographers. It started out as a group of four people having lunch once a month, and now has more than thirty members. The mission of the CPC was to provide a forum for the discussion and display of work by serious Chicago area photographers; to offer support and solidarity to photographic artists while educating and enlightening the general public about photography’s capacity as a force for both change and reflection.

Members included Paul Natkin, Ron Seymour, Ron Gordon, Sandra Steinbrecher, Eric Futran, Marc Pokempner, Tom and Marcia Palazzolo, Lloyd DeGrane, David Kamba, Patty Carroll, Emily Long, Allan Teller, Matt Tuteur, Michael Jackson, Beth Rooney, Karen Hoyt, Scott Shigley, Rosemary Warner, Rebekah Raleigh, Peter Ha, Stephen Sostaric and some others who joined later. How I got accepted to the group is still beyond me. Heck, as you can see in the pictures, I can’t even focus!

We had our gallery, first at a space now occupied by a 7-11 on Madison and Wabash, then we moved to a nicer place in Block 37.

This opening was taken in December 18, 2009, probably our second show. We used to have one show a month!

And here are some photographs of us preparing for our first show (taken November 15, 2009)