Jack Siegel is a Chicago-based photographer whose practice includes architectural and urban landscape photography.  Jack uses this site to highlight his photographs and thoughts about Chicago, its people, its architecture, and its culture.


A Brief Bio

I am a Chicago-based photographer who picked up a camera late in life. I was never interested in family snapshots even though a case can be made that photographs of those you know may be the only photographs with any “true” meaning. I did share my work with family and friends. 

Their feedback inspired me to pursue photography as a serious avocation. My favorite photographers include Berenice Abbott, Bruce Davidson, Elliot Erwitt, Saul Leiter, Richard Misrach, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Massimo Vitali, but the list is constantly changing. I am particularly intrigued with the painterly effect that Leiter was able to achieve and his use of expired film to achieve color shifts. 

I enjoy photographing musicians. While many photographers capture images of the group, I enjoy capturing images of individual players. My objective is to create a photograph that comes as close to a studio portrait as possible even though the photograph captures a live performance. My interest in musicians as photographic subjects comes out of my 50-year interest in all forms of music. I also enjoy architectural and urban photography. I am more interested in the lighting and structures than the people who populate urban environments, but if people are present, no problem. In terms of philosophy, photography is all about light, form, and curation. When photographing any locale, I have succeeded if you like the photograph, but don’t know where it was taken. My other avocation is law and finance. 

I began my career as a tax lawyer and still consider myself to be a card-carrying member of that brotherhood.  Along the way, I also have taught, developed software, and provided consulting services to nonprofit organizations.

I am the author of A Desktop Guide for Nonprofit Directors, Officers, and Advisors: Doing Good While Avoiding Trouble, was published in 2006 by John Wiley & Sons.  

In terms of equipment, I am all over the map: Canon, Leica, Sony, Olympus, Arca-Swiss (with a Leaf Credo digital back), and Fuji. I use Mac computers, Eizo monitors, Canon inkjet printers and Really Right Stuff support.  I process and organize my photographs using Photoshop, Capture One, Nik Plug-ins, and Photo Mechanic.

Member: American Society of Media Photographers, the Copyright Society of the USA, and the National Association of Press Photographers.