Michael Abramson: Unseen 70s Chicago Nightlife

The posthumous exhibition of Michael L. Abramson's work, titled, "Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night" features previously unseen photographs from night clubs in Chicago in the 1970's. The grainy black and white shots highlight a side of Chicago that had been previously undocumented. The exhibition is co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Columbia College Chicago Library.

Abramson, who died in 2011, shot on a Leica and spent a lot of time shooting in Chicago's South Side, where he compiled work for his book "Light: On The South Side" of which this work is a continuation of. Often compared to Brassai, who photographed the Parisian nightlife scene, Abramson showed a new side of Chicago. Abramson has work in the permanent collections of many institutions, such as the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and the California Museum of Photography.

This show will be up through December 19, 2014 at the Columbia College Chicago Library.

Photos

Here are just a few of the images that appear in what is Abramson’s largest show since 1977:

Michael Abramson - Leica - Chicago

Michael Abramson - Leica - Chicago

Michael Abramson - Leica - Chicago

Michael Abramson - Leica - Chicago

Michael Abramson - Leica - Chicago

Michael Abramson - Leica - Chicago

Michael Abramson - Leica - Chicago

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