While explored from different disciplines and points of view, photography and place are aspects closely associated with the work of all three presenters. In each case, photography is used for different goals, from preservation of the built environment to documenting a vanishing community or the relationship between architecture and symbolism.
Author Richard Cahan’s latest book, Richard Nickel Dangerous Years: What He Saw and What He Wrote shares the photographs and writings left behind by the late photographer considered the father of Chicago’s historic preservation movement.
Curator Karen Irvine’s latest exhibition Grace of Intention looks at the links between architecture and photography through the lens of the idea of the monument, and included works by international artists such as Basim Magdy, Iman Issa, and Jan Kempenaers. During the event, Karen also discusses her most recent essay for artists Joachim Brohm and Valentina Seidel on the newly-opened Saint Trinitatis Church in Leipzig designed by the architects Schulz und Schulz.
Sociologist and photographer David Schalliol’s work explores the relationship between urban communities and the built environment, especially on the South Side of Chicago and Northwest Indiana. In addition to his photographic work, David is filming The Area, a feature-length documentary about Chicago’s Englewood community being displaced by the Norfolk Southern’s 47th Street Terminal expansion.
Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.
Thanks to graphic designer Larry Mayorga for the teaser film and Perkins+Will for the photography.