The exhibit features 125 photos taken in Downtown Chicago over the last four or five years by Strazzante using an iPhone.
In Shooting from the Hip, Stranzannte, 50, discreetly captures all elements of life, from relaxing on a boat to the rough reality of being homeless in the nation’s third-largest city.
“For the past several years, I’ve been paying attention to these small moments that I once ignored,” Strazzante, a longtime photographer for the Chicago Tribune, explains in his artist statement. (His last day was Monday; he’s moving to San Francisco where he’ll work for the Chronicle.)
He describes the photos featured at the gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., as “my city’s passing moments frozen in time. I am a thief with a purpose. Stealing souls in hopes of giving back.”
Out of more than 300 photos Strazzante submitted, curator Tyra Robertson said she selected images that showed the happy, sad or weird.
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“Shooting from the Hip” can be seen through Aug. 30th.