Click to preview 11/04/08  -  "Coolers Allowed" photo book

A journalistic and artistic look into a historic day in Chicago. A day when Barack Obama, Chicago's adopted son, became the 44th President of the United States. Its focus is on the people there and the extraordinary amount of diversity present throughout.
The photos follow the flow of the day, and capture the unfolding of day into night. Over 100 images plus personal thoughts and writings.


About the Author

Joe Fitzsimmons
JFitzsimmons Chicago

I've been taking photos for 17 years. I teach ESL and photography. I've lived in Japan for 2 years and have traveled to the Netherlands, Mexico, South Korea, Guatemala and throughout much of the United States. I work with both film and digital, working in my darkroom as well as on my laptop. I tend to gravitate towards the street, though enjoy getting lost in nature. I see the world as a duality of black/white and color, each with its own perspective. I have a large body of work that I'm slowly putting together.

I hope to have my own cultural center with a cafe/gallery/lounge in the future where people can come together to learn about different parts of the world through music, dance, food/drink and art.

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