Bob Kwasigroch, Andy’s Shoe Repair.
One of the greatest joys of my photography career has been to meet and document the lives of an incredible variety of people. During my tenure as a staff photographer for a suburban Chicago newspaper, I created a project to document downtown Joliet, IL. The industrial city, located in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago was struggling to revive its historic downtown, as newer parts of the city expanded under a large housing boom. My goal was to show the value of a downtown area, where a diverse population of people worked together. Each week over the course of a year I would interview and photograph a subject who lived or worked in this area.
Empathy and Photojournalism
Mt. Zion Full Gospel Tabernacle choir practice (left) Baseball stadium vendor works on a hot day.
Elsie Yates in the window of Jole Fashion Boutique.
Joliet Boxing Club.
Joliet Junior College Culinary School.
Bob Casanova, at the window of his barbershop.