Last month I wrangled 10 of Chicago’s premier art dealers to be at a photo shoot for a CS magazine story about the very elite and VIP, Chicago Gallery week. Absent was honorary chair, mayor Rahm Emanuel (though it’s safe to say he wasn’t invited) We shot at Wright Auctions on the west side using their inventory of mid-century modern wares.
A shoot like this with so many art world illuminati requires a light touch. Naturally they’d want to talk and ignore the fact that there’s a camera on them, so I let this happen. We brought a little wine and kept the shoot loose and unconventional.
I knew many of these folks from my early days as an artwork photographer. I cut my teeth shooting ads for Art and Auction magazine of David Hockney flower painting installed beside Giacometti bronzes for Paul Gray, and scrolling Jenny Holzer texts for Rhona Hoffman. Those days are long past but like from my father’s restaurant business, learned a great deal from these folks about how to treat your customers and run a small business.
L to R: Carrie Seacrist, Monique Meloche, Paul Gray, Scott Speh, Dan Devening, Adrew Rafacz, Rhona Hoffman, Jim Dempsey, John Corbett, Ellen Alderman