Chicago Creatives Portraits Project

Are you a Chicago writer or artist? Would you like to have a free portrait made in your own space, studio, creative place? I’m interested in documenting the amazing, rich artistic community that is Chicago. I’m old school. Shooting mostly film and working in the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martine Franck etc. I believe the work is improvisational in nature. There is so much happening in our community of writers, artists, musicians, dancers and other makers and the people who support them (gallerists, venue directors etc.) that makes for a truly special time in our history and which needs to be documented. So, if you’re interested or know someone who should be included, please message me and let’s make a plan. Check out some of my images right here at: Many thanks. 


Author: Hillary Johnson

A photographer and writer with over 25 years experience finding the decisive, under-the-apparent-reality- moment and capturing it on film and in writing for international press, magazines, newspapers including the Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor and agencies such as The Associated Press, AFP, and Gamma Liaison. My work is in private and corporate collections. I was an artist in residence at Polaroid. I've created original and innovative advertising images for Leo Burnett etc. Today, I'm working exclusively in analog media using film, doing hand processing and printing. Using Leica and a funny array of Holga-type and two and a quarter type cameras. I'm currently available for portraits and projects for social good. This I believe: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." I believe as Cartier-Bresson did, in technique and the ineffable. To shoot without thinking, that a good photograph is a result of an improvisation between the world and the photographer. One must put one's whole heart and mind into play and see what comes. Whatever it is, that moment is sacred and will never come again. Making a photograph is a contemplative act, a spiritual practice.

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