Documenting Calumet’s Industry Through the Lens



Join us for a presentation by photographer Matthew Kaplan as he takes us on a visual exploration of the Calumet Region’s industrial heartland. Born and raised in the shadow of steel mills and oil refineries, Matthew has developed a keen eye for the beauty and rawness of the industrial environments. With a photographic career that spans over 40 years and a portfolio that extends across 20 countries, Matthew brings a wealth of experience to his craft.

In the upcoming presentation, Matthew will share the intricate details of how he creates compelling images amidst the gritty backdrop of industry. He will guide you through his process of finding unique compositions and extracting the hidden artistry found within the mundane. Matthew’s work not only showcases the aesthetic aspects of the industrial but also prompts deeper reflection on the socio-economic forces that shape these landscapes.

Whether you’re a budding photographer, an industry professional, or simply an enthusiast for urban photography, this presentation will illuminate the intersection where industry meets art. Expect a captivating showcase of Matthew’s recent acclaimed series, “Calumet Industrial Landscapes,” which has garnered recognition for its insightful portrayal of a region that has undergone profound transformation.

Date: Thursday, July 25th

Time: 7:00 PM (CST)

Location: Chicago Photography Classes – Chicago Campus (4001 N Ravenswood Ave., Chicago IL, 60613)

Additional Exhibition Location: South Shore Arts: Calumet Industrial Landscapes (May 31st to August 17th, 2024)

Options: In-Person & Online


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