About the Book
This is a book by photographer/author Bruce Berman done in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the Rust Belt era of Chicago. It's "noirish" tone and plethora of characters will be familiar to people who know the "Hog Butcher" Chicago. Berman's photos were done at the beginning of his career, "when all things were possible," and where, for him, photography "turned darkness into light."
Bruce Berman is a professional documentary photojournalist and general corporate and advertising photographer. He teaches at New Mexico State University. He says to his students, "Use photography as an instrument of education not self expression so that you can matter." This book is a visual memoir of his early years in photography. About the Chitown Journal book, he says, "I remember these years darkly...it was the beginning and photography made all things seem possible...it was written in silver halide crystals in a place where dark turned to light.""