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Nelson Armour

Photography has been a life-long passion for Nelson. As a child, he photographed with a Kodak Brownie camera and shot with a Kodak 35 mm viewfinder as a teenager. As part of his graduate studies in education, he studied the use of photography in teaching.
 
In the early 1970s Nelson pursued photography through workshops. Galen Rowell influenced the way he approached visualizing composition and light. In retirement he joined Jane Fulton Alt's photography critique group and pursued his craft with courses at Chicago Photography Classes. He also participates in Sarah Krepp’s critique group, Dialogue Chicago.
 
Nelson's work has been shown in Chicago, nationally and internationally, and has appeared in numerous publications. LENSCRATCH featured Surface Tension: Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan in June 2015. This series is collaboration with Ted Glasoe and forms the basis of the exhibition catalogue, Surface Tension: Beauty and Fragility on Lake Michigan. This work has been shown at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Evanston Art Center, Art NXT Level, and at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
 
Recently, Nelson has had three solo shows in Chicago and Evanston, The Identity Project at Firecat Projects, Beyond at ARC Gallery, and Peering into the Rainforest at Cultivate Gallery. In addition he is the co-founder of Artists for Action Chicago, which photographs marches and demonstrations and initiates special projects like Pre-Existing.

Lisa Beard
Lisa Beard is a fine art photographer who also enjoys creating mixed media work and writing. She was born and continues to live in Woodstock, IL where she is also a high school teacher. Throughout life, Lisa has been drawn to art, especially photography, that tells stories. From an early age, Lisa has been an avid reader and was told she had an “active imagination;” this influenced her to complete her BFA in English and to pursue teaching. While teaching high school English, Lisa re-discovered her love for storytelling and creating art by making pictures, especially through conceptual and editorial work and also through exploring and researching the history behind places and objects left behind.

Much of Lisa’s signature work contains elements of juxtaposition, often through light and dark imagery, beauty and destruction, and the idea of illusion versus reality. These conflicts work together to convey representations of paradoxical feelings and emotions. Lisa also enjoys writing, as she is in the process of writing two books, Abandoned America: Abandoned Illinois and Abandoned America: Abandoned Wisconsin, to be published in 2018 and 2019.. She also enjoys using her original photography to create mixed media art.

William Bridges
William Bridges is a Chicago-area photographer and a founding member of Perspective Group and Gallery.  Following a 33-year career in academic social science, he now devotes his creative energies to photographic art. Much of his photography explores the interaction between open space and human presence in a variety of natural landscapes.
 
Larry Chait
Larry Chait grew up in Iowa and Kansas. Despite a strong childhood interest in art, he decided to pursue a career as a research scientist. Throughout college and graduate school, he continued to draw and paint in his spare time. With the advent of digital photography in the late ‘90’s, Larry’s interest in photography was renewed, and since 2002 he has devoted himself full-time to developing his photographic vision. In 2003 he earned a Certificate in Digital Photography from Columbia College, Chicago. His work is held in numerous public and private collections and has been exhibited throughout the U.S and internationally.

Jeffrie Chirchirillo
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Vanessa Filley
Vanessa Filley was born in New York City in 1975. She received her BA from Oberlin College and for the first six years of her career was a human rights investigator at a law firm. Instead of following her intention to go to law school, she founded a clothing company of one of a kind wear from recycled fabrics. Two years later her practice evolved into mixed-media fine arts. Her work ranges from large scale sculptural installations to tiny embroidery pieces. After years of making pictures she discovered she could synthesize her art making in photographs, allowing her to design scenes, make costumes and conjure a certain sense of emotion and place. She has several long term series with overarching themes of childhood imagination and the female experience and is inspired by how history and memory shapes who we are in the present. In June of 2018 she completed a two month residency at the Frances Willard House Museum. She has been showing work, and has won a number of juror’s awards, throughout the US and internationally since 2015. In 2016 and 2018 she was one of Photolucida’s Top 200. She lives and works in Evanston, Il.

Alexa Frangos
Alexa Frangos grew up in Chicago. She studied Visual Communications and Photography at Washington University in St. Louis before receiving her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where her multimedia work focused on representations of women in film. Her current work consists of constructed photographs that reference narrative, domestic life, self-portraiture and early cinema.

Steve Geer
Steve specializes in photographing the city and its neighborhoods. With a love of experimenting, Steve looks for new ways to view familiar places. His photographs can be found in many books and publications, including Fodor’s travel books, National Geographic web pages, and U.S. News articles. He has recently published articles and photographs in APOGEE Photo Magazine, DODHO Photo Magazine, and F-STOP Magazine. Steve has also been a featured photographer in Adore Noir Magazine, and his work has been recognized in various international competitions.

Doug Haight
Doug is drawn to the moment that best tells a story and seizing upon that mysterious instant. His work ranges from far abroad to local streets and every catchlight in between. He is also the award winning owner of Fortune Fish Films, located in Evanston, where he is the producer, director, editor, and photographer.

Howard Hart
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Anthony Iacuzzi
Anthony Iacuzzi is a co-founder and founding member of Perspective Group and Photography Gallery. He shoots with a digital SLR and prefers working with available light. His work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.

Katsy Johnson
Johnson is a photographer mesmerized with environs undone by the caprices of fate. These settings appear as terrible fairy tales come to life, yet pieces of people’s ordinary lives still seep out. These clues tell us that once upon a time, people had elevated these places or objects. Sometimes these attempts were grand architectural dreams of men or sometimes they were delicate adornments of women, but the once enchanted walls that surrounded them have now disintegrated into beautiful disasters.

Kurt Kramer
Kurt has been making photographs with artistic intent for more than 50 years. While he prefers images inhabited by people, if he finds the subject matter interesting and the light enhances it, he will try to create an appealing photograph. Kurt strives to capture the beauty in a recognized moment of juxtaposition of subject, time, space, and light.

Suzanne Metzel
Suzanne Metzel studied drawing, watercolor and eventually settled on printmaking until she became pregnant with her first child. A full time career in law and small children left little time for art until she picked up her first camera to take pictures of her young rhythmic gymnast daughter. Within a year she bought a medium format camera, set up a makeshift darkroom and was accepted into her first juried show. Her subjects were close at hand: family, dogs, home, until that young child became a more accomplished gymnast and began to travel to international competitions. Her very first trip abroad placed her on the shores of Lake Baikal in southern Siberia. Travel quickly became a source of inspiration. Her early work was primarily with film although she enjoyed exploring experimental techniques like lith. She has now embraced the digital world, in part, because it allows her to resume her first love, printmaking. Through the magic of UV light and photopolymer plates she uses photographic images to produce photopolymer gravure images on an etching press. Suzanne will be eternally grateful to her daughter who unwittingly took her on this marvelous journey.

Joerg Metzner
Joerg’s photography is narrative by nature, encompasses environmental portraits, landscape, documentary, editorial and fine art photography. Point him in any direction for a travel assignment and he will happily hit the road.

Born and raised in the Harz Mountains of Germany, Joerg worked as dental technician before moving to Ireland herding goats, photographing and painting. Finding himself in Los Angeles he attended Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture, and later graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in Photography and Visual Communication. He has worked for various design firms and agencies in Chicago, including his own.

Jessica Prugh
Jessica Brewer Prugh is a self-taught photographer, zine, and book maker born in the south and based in the Midwest. She is interested in finding everyday magic, humor and absurdity in otherwise lonely scenes. Her work explores themes of travel and isolation. Jessica shoots film in 35mm and 120mm formats, as well as instant. For her, working in film is an exercise in patience and she enjoys gaining the distance between the event and looking back at it that film provides. Jon Feinstein has described her work as a quiet anti-road trip which presents an ongoing desire to be elsewhere or alone.

Christopher Schneberger
Christopher Schneberger is a photographer in Chicago. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and the Annenberg Space for Photography, both in Los Angeles; Dorsky Projects in New York City, Geocarto International in Hong Kong, and Printworks Gallery in Chicago where he is represented. He is two-time recipient of an Illinois Arts Council individual artist grant. He is adjunct faculty at Columbia College and the College of DuPage where he was named the College-Wide Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member for 2018. He is a founder and board member of Perspective Gallery. He has curated several exhibitions of photography including Realms, This Particular Patch, and Re:Place. He has been a presenter at the Society for Photographic Education’s midwest regional conference, and a visiting artist at numerous colleges including: Kendall College of Art, Delta College, and Western Michigan University. He holds a BFA from the University of Florida and an MFA from Indiana University.

Donna Wesley Spencer
Donna Wesley Spencer is a founding member of Perspective Gallery currently working on a long-term project, “A Southern Diary”. For the past few years, she has been spending more time in the rural and small town South, photographing places and people that define the region for her, making work in East Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. She is especially interested in places that retain the remnants of history.

Bob Tanner
As a school age child and teen, painting and drawing were always important to Bob. In high school he discovered photography. Pencils and brushes were put aside in favor of film, paper and chemicals. After high school he studied photography with Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer at the Institute of Design. Five years later he moved into directing motion pictures. Later in life Bob became an art teacher and returned to making photographs.

Bob experienced both the birth and death of loved ones, and found the need to express the notion of mortality, impermanence, and limits as themes in his photographic work. Photography enables him to discover, reveal and create more than the eye readily discerns-what the heart and mind sometimes hides.

Bob is a charter member of Perspective Group and Gallery. His work is in the collections of JP Morgan Chase and The Detroit Institute of Arts as well as private collections. Selected venues where he has exhibited are Bauhaus-Archiv/ Museum fur Gestaltung, Berlin, Germany, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Bridgeport Art Center and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, IL,, The Center for Fine Art Photography, FT. Collins, CO., Perspective Gallery, The Evanston Art Center, and Gallery Mornea, Evanston, IL., The Art center of Highland Park, IL., Gallery Pink, Oak Park, IL., Aux Pieds Leves Gallerie d'art, Hudson (Montreal), Quebec, Canada.

Verna Todd
Verna Todd grew up in a small logging community in Washington State and worked with words as a teacher, writer, and editor before turning to the visual arts and environmental activism.
 
Her photography challenges perceptions about natural objects through such means as abstracting elements with macro lenses, setting fire to subject matter, juxtaposing dissimilar materials, and printing on substrates such as silk organza and crushed aluminum.  She plays with light to question boundaries between the physical and spiritual.
 
Her work has garnered awards in the West and Midwest and has appeared in national art journals and magazines.  She has been featured in exhibits in Mexico and Palestine, has curated exhibits in the United States and Palestine, and is included in private and institutional collections in the United States, Canada, and Ireland.

Sandra Ullmann
Sandra Ullmann trained initially as a teacher of French language and literature, working for a decade at Lake Forest College and Lake Forest and Barrington high schools.  Subsequently, she earned a doctorate in clinical psychology and a certificate in psychoanalysis and devoted herself for the next twenty-five years to a clinical practice in Evanston and Chicago.
 
Throughout, whenever life and time permitted, Ullmann studied fiber sculpture, followed by photography, periodically taking classes at the School of the Art Institute.  Her fiber work was exhibited in Chicago-area shows and national juried competitions.  Her photography has been displayed primarily in the context of art and psychoanalysis in Chicago, New York, and Santa Fe.  Ullmann’s entry in Perspective’s 2018 Vicinity show was awarded second runner-up.
 
Ullmann’s many years as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst have made her sensitive to similarities between making art and making sense of who one is: both involve the process of uncovering what is often deeply hidden and difficult to perceive, and both give voice and form to layers that reveal themselves slowly, over time.  This is particularly true in her series, “Route 22,” in which she plays with what we think we see but might not have really seen.  She takes to heart a statement by French Symbolist poet Paul Valéry: “Seeing is forgetting the name of what one sees.”  Much of photography, she believes, like life, requires that we do so.