Sep 12th 2013

Paul D’Amato: We Shall

@ DePaul Art Museum

935 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Opening Thursday, September 12th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Sunday, November 24th

For twenty-some years, the photographer Paul D’Amato has chronicled dramas large and small in the lives of ordinary people. Formally elegant, his piercing portraits explore the nuances of character, while his studies of the built environment reveal the traces of human presence in vivid color and texture. In 2004, spurred by questions about race, class, and the dynamic between photographer and subject, D’Amato began photographing in the African-American communities of Chicago’s West Side. The project We Shall documents the neighborhood’s inhabitants and domiciles – arresting portraits, selective interior scenes, and studies of the minutiae of everyday life. Neither feel-good narratives nor stories of despair, these photographs convey the complexity and ambiguities of life in a community that is both economically and socially marginalized, with few available avenues to make known its presence, its concerns, and its reality.

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