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PhotoCOOP Summer and Fall 2015 Recap

First I'd like to apologize for the fact that it has been some time since I've posted an update regarding PhotoCOOP activities. That said the summer and fall saw two really successful show and exhibition opportunities for participating members of the PhotoCOOP.  As you might recall the PhotoCOOP had members exhibiting at a Chicago Public Library Branch this summer. There was a well supported artist talk and the work from from six(6) of our members is still being talked about by library…


Added by Marcus Maddox on October 28, 2015 at 1:25am — No Comments

Chicago Public Library Art from PhotoCOOP Artist Talk

Special thanks to all the attendees and participants for the Artist Talk event that was held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.  There was a very nice audience of fellow PhotoCOOP members and local library visitors with an interest in photography. The panel session went very well and there were follow-up questions and discussion with the "visitors".

I would encourage all members to spread the word about the exhibit and stop by and take a look.  The prints will be on display through…


Added by Marcus Maddox on July 3, 2015 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Chicago Public Library to Feature Photographic Art from PhotoCOOP

The prints are installed and on display. I want to thank each and every member that participated in this exhibition opportunity. Also, initial response from library visitors and staff is extremely positive. There will be an artist talk later this month where the public is invited to meet the exhibiting artist and ask questions. I hope that other PhotoCOOP members will come out to support the event and their fellow photographers.…


Added by Marcus Maddox on June 14, 2015 at 11:52pm — No Comments

Chicago Public Library to Feature Photographic Art from PhotoCOOP

The months of June and July photography from PhotoCOOP members will be featured at the Lincoln Belmont Branch of the Chicago Public Library. During the exhibition period there will also be an artist talk, presentation, reception where exhibiting PhotoCOOP members will be able to talk about their approach to capturing their photographs, processing of the images, printing, and what inspired their photographic efforts.

This is an exciting opportunity and represents the start of a…


Added by Marcus Maddox on April 21, 2015 at 9:17pm — No Comments

A Very Good Documentary: ESPN Keepers of the Streak

There is a documentary that premeired on ESPN today.  The title was "Keepers of the Streak".  The subject was four photographers who all of covered all of the NFL SuperBowls. The timing is very appropriate in that today Sports Illustrated magazine announced the layoff of their last staff photographers. This means that Sports Illustrated magazine will have to rely on sources outside of their direct control and influence for the photographic artwork that has been the halmark of their…


Added by Marcus Maddox on January 23, 2015 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Richard Stromberg: Rememberance and Bake-Off at Studio/School

Richard Stromberg Memorial Service

Additional information has been provided regarding a planned remembrance event honoring Richard Stromberg. The event is planned for Thursday, December 18 at 7:15pm. Those of you who have history and/or experience with Richard or the CPC may recall the annual "Bake-Off" event that Richard sponsored each year during the…


Added by Marcus Maddox on December 2, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

End of Journey - Richard Stromberg Passing

Many in the Chicago Photographic Community are familiar with, know personally, and/or received instruction from Richard Stromberg. I received word this morning that Richard passed away. He had been battling cancer for sometime. It could have been Jane Adams Hull House, or the Chicago Photography Center, or Chicago Photography Classes - Richard crossed paths with many people over the years.

He will be missed

Added by Marcus Maddox on November 7, 2014 at 12:32pm — No Comments

PhotoCOOP at Edgewater Fall Art Fair a Success

As you should recall September 2014 provided an opportunity for some members of the PhotoCOOP to showcase their respective work. The PhotoCOOP sponsored a 20'x40' tenth/booth at the 2014 Edgewater Fall Art Fair. Five (5) members exhibited and sold photographic work. 

Justin Hagman

Charla Tabet

Maureen Mcdermott

Khabrim Diallo

Donna Swenson

Overall show traffic was brisk for both days, with the the heavier visitation being on Sunday. …


Added by Marcus Maddox on October 4, 2014 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

Proposed Exhibition Opportunity: Edgewater Fall Art Fair 2014

The group Edgewater Artist are sponsoring an Art Fair. No, this is not "EdgeFest", but an event focusing on artist. The participating artist benefits:

Extensive Promotion of Event

Chicago Merchant Fee included

Music and special events to draw more attendance

More that 5000 projected attendence

(min) 10'x10' space

I am proposing that we plan and execute a "PhotoCOOP" joint…


Added by Marcus Maddox on June 22, 2014 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments


This Salon will be held…


Added by Marcus Maddox on May 10, 2014 at 10:17am — No Comments

Out of Chicago Summer Conference 2014 - Features Founding PhotoCOOP personalities

Out of Chicago is a local photography conference. The classroom sessions feature local photographers who have excelled in different aspects of their work. This season will feature PhotoCOOP founders Eric Holubow and John Crouch.

Eric will present a session on "Urban Exploration". John will cover "Panoramic Architectural Photography". Go to Out of Chicago for more information.

Added by Marcus Maddox on May 7, 2014 at 12:23am — No Comments

Chicago Creative Coalition Announces PhotoArt Fest II

Jeff Fest facebook square logo

Chicago Creative Coalition is pleased to announce that PhotoArt Fest II, a juried fine art photography exhibition, has been accepted for display at this year’s Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival, July 26-27, 2014 in Chicago.

For details regarding participation and entry see PhotoArt Fest…


Added by Marcus Maddox on April 20, 2014 at 12:08am — No Comments

APRIL 2014 Meeting Follow-up


The April meeting of the PhotoCOOP provided an opportunity for the attendees to discuss their views and/or ideas around Lattitude and if this is something the believe to be beneficial to members. As it turns out the feedback from the meeting and via email indicates that there is a belief that the capabilities offered (i.e., access to printers, scanning, etc.) is something that most members see as beneficial. The only negative comments were in regard to the…


Added by Marcus Maddox on April 14, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

March PhotoCOOP Meeting Follow-up

First, my personal thanks to all who attended the last meeting. The turn-out was excellent, and this provided an outstanding opportunity for others to "first-hand" take advantage of the meeting venue.

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 the PhotoCOOP Monthly meeting was held at the facilities of Lattitude. As you may recall there was previous communication to the PhotoCOOP membership regarding the potential of a closer…


Added by Marcus Maddox on March 23, 2014 at 3:31pm — No Comments

January 2014 Meeting Follow-up

The most recent meeting of the PhotoCOOP was held on January 14, 2014. There was a nice little group in attendance. The key highlights are:

1. Discussion of the PhotoCOOP Photo Challenge (i.e., last challenge and next challenge potential themes)

2. Plan around a PhotoCOOP sponsored outing to visit the Chicago History Museum to see a photo exhibition

3. Future group discussion around "street photography" (i.e., experiences, techniques, camera settings, etc.)



Added by Marcus Maddox on January 16, 2014 at 11:32pm — No Comments

Report from December COOP Meeting

At the December COOP regular meeting at Big Bricks, it was a pleasure to see some new faces from one of the Stromburg classes.

It was again discussed getting together as a group and to photograph together and to get together for some additional social/educational activities.

It was suggested that because of the weather factor, indoor venues would be appropriate for the winter months or until a break in the weather occurs.

One suggestion is to go to the Vivian Maier…


Added by George Vaselakos on December 24, 2013 at 1:45pm — 4 Comments

Alternatives to Adobe Products

Since Adobe announced that they are moving to a "subscription for license model" vs. "purchase of a perpetual license" model for most of their products there has been a lot of discussion, debate, and just general expressions of concern. There are a couple of common questions that been asked/answered in various forums.

1. Is this "subscription" approach something that is Adobe specific, or are there other software companies following a similar model?

No, this concept is…


Added by Marcus Maddox on November 9, 2013 at 9:59pm — No Comments

August Photo Challenge Wrap-up

I am pleased to announced that George Vaselakos is the winner of the August Photo Challenge.  George submitted photographs of images that spelled out his last name (VASELAKOS).  The meeting, judging and award ceremony took place this evening in the patio dinning area of EL NUEVO MEXICANO. For his efforts and success George will receive a $50.00 Calumet Gift Card (something that only a photog will appreciate).

The next major item on the meeting agenda was the theme for…


Added by Marcus Maddox on September 10, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

"What the Duck"

If you have not seen the "What The Duck" comic strip by photographer-comedian Aaron Johnson I recommend it for a laugh. It presents humor that the photography inclined will appreciate.

What The Duck

Added by Marcus Maddox on July 9, 2013 at 10:12pm — No Comments

B&H Events Presentation: Getting Known/Being Shown

This is a "recommended viewing" for any of you interested in presenting and exhibiting photography as art.

Last month Ariel Shanberg from the Center for Photography at Woodstock was at the B&H Event Space to give his talk, 'Getting Known/Being Shown'. It was recorded it and it is now posted on the B&H YouTube channel. Here's the link:…


Added by Marcus Maddox on April 5, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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