Lisa Beard
Lisa Beard is a fine art photographer who also enjoys creating mixed media work and writing. She was born and continues to live in Woodstock, IL where she is also a high school teacher. Throughout life, Lisa has been drawn to art, especially photography, that tells stories. From an early age, Lisa has been an avid reader and was told she had an “active imagination;” this influenced her to complete her BFA in English and to pursue teaching. While teaching high school English, Lisa re-discovered her love for storytelling and creating art by making pictures, especially through conceptual and editorial work and also through exploring and researching the history behind places and objects left behind.

Much of Lisa’s signature work contains elements of juxtaposition, often through light and dark imagery, beauty and destruction, and the idea of illusion versus reality. These conflicts work together to convey representations of paradoxical feelings and emotions. Lisa also enjoys writing, as she is in the process of writing two books, Abandoned America: Abandoned Illinois and Abandoned America: Abandoned Wisconsin, to be published in 2018 and 2019.. She also enjoys using her original photography to create mixed media art.

William Bridges
William Bridges is a Chicago-area photographer and a founding member of Perspective Group and Gallery.  Following a 33-year career in academic social science, he now devotes his creative energies to photographic art. Much of his photography explores the interaction between open space and human presence in a variety of natural landscapes.
 
Larry Chait
Larry Chait grew up in Iowa and Kansas. Despite a strong childhood interest in art, he decided to pursue a career as a research scientist. Throughout college and graduate school, he continued to draw and paint in his spare time. With the advent of digital photography in the late ‘90’s, Larry’s interest in photography was renewed, and since 2002 he has devoted himself full-time to developing his photographic vision. In 2003 he earned a Certificate in Digital Photography from Columbia College, Chicago. His work is held in numerous public and private collections and has been exhibited throughout the U.S and internationally.

Jeffrie Chirchirillo
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Vanessa Filley
Vanessa Filley was born in New York City in 1975. She received her BA from Oberlin College and for the first six years of her career was a human rights investigator at a law firm. Instead of following her intention to go to law school, she founded a clothing company of one of a kind wear from recycled fabrics. Two years later her practice evolved into mixed-media fine arts. Her work ranges from large scale sculptural installations to tiny embroidery pieces. After years of making pictures she discovered she could synthesize her art making in photographs, allowing her to design scenes, make costumes and conjure a certain sense of emotion and place. She has several long term series with overarching themes of childhood imagination and the female experience and is inspired by how history and memory shapes who we are in the present. In June of 2018 she completed a two month residency at the Frances Willard House Museum. She has been showing work, and has won a number of juror’s awards, throughout the US and internationally since 2015. In 2016 and 2018 she was one of Photolucida’s Top 200. She lives and works in Evanston, Il.

Alexa Frangos
Alexa Frangos grew up in Chicago. She studied Visual Communications and Photography at Washington University in St. Louis before receiving her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where her multimedia work focused on representations of women in film. Her current work consists of constructed photographs that reference narrative, domestic life, self-portraiture and early cinema.

Steve Geer
Steve specializes in photographing the city and its neighborhoods. With a love of experimenting, Steve looks for new ways to view familiar places. His photographs can be found in many books and publications, including Fodor’s travel books, National Geographic web pages, and U.S. News articles. He has recently published articles and photographs in APOGEE Photo Magazine, DODHO Photo Magazine, and F-STOP Magazine. Steve has also been a featured photographer in Adore Noir Magazine, and his work has been recognized in various international competitions.

Doug Haight
Doug is drawn to the moment that best tells a story and seizing upon that mysterious instant. His work ranges from far abroad to local streets and every catchlight in between. He is also the award winning owner of Fortune Fish Films, located in Evanston, where he is the producer, director, editor, and photographer.

Howard Hart
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Anthony Iacuzzi
Anthony Iacuzzi is a founding member of Perspective Group and Photography Gallery. His photography is influenced by his experience as a graphic designer. He shoots with a digital SLR and prefers to work with available light.

Katsy Johnson
Johnson is a photographer mesmerized with environs undone by the caprices of fate. These settings appear as terrible fairy tales come to life, yet pieces of people’s ordinary lives still seep out. These clues tell us that once upon a time, people had elevated these places or objects. Sometimes these attempts were grand architectural dreams of men or sometimes they were delicate adornments of women, but the once enchanted walls that surrounded them have now disintegrated into beautiful disasters.

Mark Kaufman
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Marcia Mahoney
Marcia Mahoney came to photography from a full career as a trial lawyer, followed by a rewarding stint as a community librarian. With that background, she makes pictures that tell the stories she sees – her own, and those she found as a lawyer, librarian and reader.

Marcia is Treasurer of Chicago’s Filter Photo. She is a member of f8collective, a group of seven women photographers who collaborate to create and show work. A city girl and a country girl, Marcia lives in Chicago, Illinois and Sandpoint, Idaho.

Suzanne Metzel
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Christopher Schneberger
Founding member Christopher Schneberger creates imagery that is haunting and supernatural, while connected to themes of historical documentation. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and the Annenberg Space for Photography, both in Los Angeles; Dorsky Projects in New York City, Geocarto International in Hong Kong, and Printworks Gallery in Chicago where he is represented. He is two-time recipient of an Illinois Arts Council individual artist grant. He is adjunct faculty at Columbia College and the College of DuPage where he was named the College-Wide Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member for 2018. He has curated several exhibitions of photography including Realms, This Particular Patch, and Re:Place. He has been a presenter at the Society for Photographic Education’s Midwest regional conference, and a visiting artist at numerous colleges including: Kendall College of Art, Delta College, and Western Michigan University. He holds a BFA from the University of Florida and an MFA from Indiana University.

Donna Wesley Spencer
Donna Wesley Spencer is a founding member of Perspective Gallery currently working on a long-term project, “A Southern Diary”. For the past few years, she has been spending more time in the rural and small town South, photographing places and people that define the region for her, making work in East Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. She is especially interested in places that retain the remnants of history.

Stephanie Taiber
Stephanie Taiber is an artist based in Chicago, IL who works in photography and installation. She holds a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from the University of Arizona. Her art practice explores the tension between internal and external constructs of female identity with special interest in the relationship between emotion, intimacy, consciousness, and memory and is influenced by the life and writings of Virginia Woolf.

Stephanie has exhibited nationally and internationally, receiving several juror’s awards and has recently been selected as a Top 100 artist for Aint Bad’s Curators Choice (2018), a Review Santa Fe 100 Photographer (2018), a Top 20 Finalist for Brighton, UK’s Open ’18, a Top Ten Finalist for the Summer Fresh Exhibition at Klompching Gallery in New York (2017) and was shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Photo-Made Scholarship (2017).

Bob Tanner
As a school age child and teen, painting and drawing were always important to Bob. In high school he discovered photography. Pencils and brushes were put aside in favor of film, paper and chemicals. After high school he studied photography with Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer at the Institute of Design. Five years later he moved into directing motion pictures. Later in life Bob became an art teacher and returned to making photographs.

Bob experienced both the birth and death of loved ones, and found the need to express the notion of mortality, impermanence, and limits as themes in his photographic work. Photography enables him to discover, reveal and create more than the eye readily discerns-what the heart and mind sometimes hides.

Bob is a charter member of Perspective Group and Gallery. His work is in the collections of JP Morgan Chase and The Detroit Institute of Arts as well as private collections. Selected venues where he has exhibited are Bauhaus-Archiv/ Museum fur Gestaltung, Berlin, Germany, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Bridgeport Art Center and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, IL,, The Center for Fine Art Photography, FT. Collins, CO., Perspective Gallery, The Evanston Art Center, and Gallery Mornea, Evanston, IL., The Art center of Highland Park, IL., Gallery Pink, Oak Park, IL., Aux Pieds Leves Gallerie d'art, Hudson (Montreal), Quebec, Canada.

Verna Todd
Verna Todd grew up in a small logging community in Washington State and worked with words as a teacher, writer, and editor before turning to the visual arts and environmental activism.
 
Her photography challenges perceptions about natural objects through such means as abstracting elements with macro lenses, setting fire to subject matter, juxtaposing dissimilar materials, and printing on substrates such as silk organza and crushed aluminum.  She plays with light to question boundaries between the physical and spiritual.
 
Her work has garnered awards in the West and Midwest and has appeared in national art journals and magazines.  She has been featured in exhibits in Mexico and Palestine, has curated exhibits in the United States and Palestine, and is included in private and institutional collections in the United States, Canada, and Ireland.

Sandra Ullmann
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