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Press about the Exhibition
June 16—Exhibit press release
July 17—WBEZ—Photographer captures Chicago with an iPhone

Exhibition Statement
I’ve been walking the Chicago streets for 20 years as a traditional photojournalist looking for a news hook. I passed interesting things all of the time but didn’t see much point of capturing the image if it wasn’t going to be published. Is there any news value in a businessman rushing to his train? Does a shadow have a story to tell? How could anything interesting ever happen at a bus stop?

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

For the past several years, I’ve been paying attention to these small moments that I once ignored and have been capturing them with my iPhone as I walk past.

It is all there. Everyday.

Light.
Mood.
Tranquility.
Chaos.
Joy.
Motion.
Sadness.

My city’s passing moments frozen in time.
I am a thief with a purpose.
Stealing souls in hopes of giving back.


Scott Strazzante
Shooting from the Hip

About the Photographer
Scott Strazzante has been a staff photographer for The Chicago Tribune since 2001. An 11-time Illinois Photographer of the Year, Strazzante has covered the Super Bowl, the World Series and three Olympic Games, but he is more proud of his work that uncovers small but universal moments in daily life.

In 2001, while working at The Herald News in Joliet, Illinois, Strazzante was named National Newspaper Photographer of the Year for a portfolio of work from 2000. Eight years later, Strazzante was honored with POYi Newspaper Photographer of the Year runner-up award. In 2008, Strazzante was part of the Chicago Tribune team that won a Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for a series about faulty government regulation of dangerously defective toys, cribs and car seats.

In 2004, Strazzante, an 11-time Illinois Sports Photographer of the Year, was named Pictures of the Year International Sports Photographer of the Year.

In 2008, MediaStorm published Common Ground, a multimedia piece on Strazzante’s personal project on the transformation of a piece of land in suburban Chicago from rural to suburban. The 19-year-long project, which still continues, has also been published in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Mother Jones and National Geographic. The project has also been honored with POYi’s Community Awareness Award and 1st place in Feature Video in the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism contest

This past March, Strazzante’s photo blog- “Shooting from the Hip” was awarded 1st Place in Visual Column in the 2014 NPPA Best of Photojournalism contest.


Curated by Tyra Robertson. Exhibition sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication, and with generous financial support from Susan B. Rubnitz.