Art in Alternative Spaces
Power Center Photography © David Solzman
Chicago Photography © David Solzman
Stormy Lake Michigan Photography © David Solzman
Dusk - Chicago Photography © David Solzman
David Solzman has spent his life celebrating, studying and photographing both natural and human environments as he produces images of great intensify and sensitivity that depict not only nature itself, but also the city within nature - a melding of the natural and artificial world. Solzman participated in CITY 2000 and his work was shown in City 2000 exhibitions at Gallery 312, The Chicago Gallery (old water tower) Chicago Art Expo, The Chicago Historical Society, and in the final exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center. Solzman has mounted one-man shows at the University of Chicago, the Cliff Dwellers Club, and several libraries and other cultural venues in the Chicago area. In addition, this body of work has been exhibited for sale at local galleries and art fairs including the 57th Street Fair, the Wells Street Fair, the New East Side Artworks, the Port Clinton Fair, and many other fairs throughout the Chicagoland area where they have received honors and purchase awards. Solzman studied photography with Sam Abel of the National Geographic and with Arthur Meyerson and his photography evolved during the thirty-five years he served as a professor of urban geography at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, twenty-six of Solzman's images form an exhibit touring Chicago under auspices of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program. Sister Cities presented a similar exhibit to tour Osaka Japan. Solzman's work has appeared in Chicago magazine, Where, and in Midwest Living, and thousands have had the opportunity to enjoy his images in calendars focused on the Chicago area. His photographs have illustrated articles in the scholarly journal Popular Culture published at the University of Chicago along with scholarly and popular books on the Chicago area. His recent book, The Chicago River, published in 1998, features 85 of his images. He produced the cover image for the blues album of the year 1997, Call Me, and his Chicago skyline poster "Power Center" has been a best seller for many years. David Solzman's images are included in the collections of major corporations including Amoco, Deloitte & Touche, Nation's Bank, South Shore Bank, Geosyntec, and many others. Currently, seventy of Solzman's images grace the website of Chicago's famed Museum of Science and Industry, and Mayor Richard J. Daley presented one of Solzman's photographs to the Mayor of Osaka, Japan when he came to Chicago to dedicate the refurbished Japanese garden in Jackson Park. Solzman's most recent work includes major projects on Lake Michigan and on highly abstract images taken in industrial areas. Solzmanís developing work continues to celebrate the beauty of the world and to serve as a reminder of the interdependence of the human and natural worlds.
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