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October 1, 2008

Pilsen Graphics

The Pilsen neighborhood has a long history as an immigrant community, for the last 30 years as a predominantly Hispanic area. Most businesses cater to recent immigrants of limited means, with plenty of dollar stores, thrift shops and plain bakeries along every busy street.

El Dollar +

Such humble businesses rarely support elaborate advertising, but if you look closely there are some small scenes of graphical interest, such as the dated clip art on the Love Fashion clothing store.

Love Fashion

A barber shop where Lego figurines can go for a trim.

Super Express

Three little cannibal pigs torture one another on the Carnitas Uruapan butcher shop. Do you feel hungry?

Carnitas Uruapan

October 20, 2008

Chicago Neon Signs

On a recent neighborhood art walk I visited the studio of photographer Dan Zamudio and got a chance to see his photographs of Chicago neon signs. The photos are taken with a plastic Diana camera, which induces a bit of lo-fi distortion to the images from the plastic lens.

Most of the photos are of lit neon against deep blackness, though some are of defunct signs shot in moody daylight, as if taken on a dreary rainy day. Some of the images are multiple-exposures of one or several signs, reminiscent of a film noir montage of some boozy spree from one cocktail bar to another.

With the jaunty angles, blurry edges caused by the toy camera, and multiple exposures, the series feels more personal than documentary recording of all the remnant neon signs around the city.

A book of the photographs was recently published by Wicker Park Press.

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