Shot Images Exhibition: Michael Ward’s Britain

The Beatles, Liverpool, 1963

Michael Ward’s Britain
Opening reception: June 8, 2012 | 4PM-8PM
Exhibition runs through September 14th
7420 North Lehigh Avenue, Niles, Illinois, 60714-4024 

Shot Images is pleased to present the first retrospective of work by acclaimed British photographer Michael Ward since his death in April 2011. Known for his prolific body of documentary photography work of musicians, actors, writers and other Pop icons of the 20th century, his subjects range widely from The Beatles to Margaret Thatcher, the Rolling Stones to Michael Caine, Queen Elizabeth to David Hockney.

Michael Ward worked for many prestigious British newspapers and magazines, including The Evening Standard and The Sunday Times, and frequently exhibited at notable galleries and museums, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert museum.  When working, he often shot areas of conflict abroad, focusing on the 1968 student riots in Paris, troubles in Northern Ireland, and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Yet many of his most moving images show the beauty and simplicity in everyday life in London. Within relaxed environments he brilliantly captured the creative energy of some of Britain’s most well respected artistic minds. His oeuvre presents a great multitude of sensual experiences, relationships, and perspectives on the intricacies of British culture through the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

This exhibition will highlight works from 1963 through 1987. There are shots of life in the street in London, politicians under fire, irreverent self-portraits, as well as seldom viewed photographs of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and many leading social and theatrical figures of the day. His work subtly shines light on racial tensions, urban decay, and wealth inequalities in a time of great social upheaval in Europe. One of his favorite subjects was his wife Elizabeth Seal, an accomplished actor and dancer who won a Tony Award for her role as Irma, in “Irma la Douce” on Broadway in 1961. Elizabeth will be present for the opening.

Shot Images is a newly opened gallery located in Niles, Illinois. We focus on promoting work by emerging and established photographers, and providing our clients with the highest quality, limited edition archival photographic prints.

Website: shot-images.com

Off The Line


Untitled By Oscar Olivares

Opening March 16 4-8PM
Exhibition runs through May 16
Website: shot-images.com

It is our pleasure to release to the public an invitation to the inaugural exhibition at Shot Images, ‘Off The Line’, featuring photographic works by students and collaborators of Alternatives, a Chicago not-for-profit youth center based in Uptown.  This will be the first time that these budding, urban youth have been given a chance to show their works in a gallery setting, and proceeds from this show will directly fund their after-school creative programs.

The works in this exhibition chronicle the gritty but brilliant urban landscape that is Chicago. Through this show we follow the youth’s camera lenses through abandoned, often discarded Uptown, along the ‘L’ lines, through the ignored and hidden settings that build up the captivating maze that is our prided city. In this show we see portraits of locals, the glittering Chicago River, our favorite theaters, the many seasons that captivate our senses, and much more Chicago-based imagery.

Connect Force, the specific program of Alternatives that this exhibition funds, functions as a positive space for members of all ages of the community to participate in the Hip-Hop Arts, including mural painting, breakdancing, DJing, poetry writing, and so much more. The space based on Lawrence and Sheridan Road allows people to flourish creatively in a supportive, beneficial environment, encouraging healthy life choices, and offering everything from homework help to the use of a new up-and-coming darkroom for the photographers to develop and hone their skills.

Started in 2001, Connect Force has grown to incorporate hundreds of different speakers and volunteers from around the world, boasting a truly multicultural experience. While CF gains most of it’s funding through small grants and government funding, recent Illinois state budget cuts have made it increasingly difficult to offer as much programming and support as they would like to. Come to the opening to appreciate the photos of our city’s youth, full of infectious curiosity and true love for the city of Chicago!

Shot Images is a newly opened gallery located in Niles, Illinois. We focus on promoting work by emerging and established photographers, and providing our clients with the highest quality, limited edition archival photographic prints.

For more information please contact the gallery at simon@shot-images.com