Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Tribute to Muhammad Ali 

photography by Steve Schapiro

As we reflect on the loss of a great man, Printlab digs into its archives to reminisce on a very special photo series we printed for our friend, Steve Schapiro. His work captures intimate moments from the early days when Ali was still known as "Cassius Clay."  

An interesting twist to this photo set is that Ali's wife, Lonnie, tracked Schapiro down not long ago to tell him that these photos were taken the very day she first met him....twenty years before she knew she would become his wife. 

Read the entire article and see more photos
in this collection in The New York Times

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Bowie by Steve Schapiro

Bowie by Steve Schapiro @ Loyola Musuem of Art

David Bowie, Steve Schapiro

Printlab's long-time friend and client, Steve Schapiro recently released “Bowie By Steve Schapiro” containing many never seen before photographs of David Bowie dating back to 1974. Schapiro describes his experience shooting Bowie as intensely unique and singular to any other celebrity shoot due to Bowie’s sense of self-expression when being photographed. This dynamic pair of celebrated photographer and transformative artist resulted in a number of iconic images including a cover on People and Rolling Stone magazines.

Don't miss Schapiro when he comes to Chicago on May 14th for a book signing and talk on his prolific career photographing the most influential public figures of the last fifty years. This free event is hosted by Loyola University Museum of Art.

Read more about Schapiro's collection of Bowie photographs in Time Magazine and Dazed Digital.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Bernadette Mayer @ Chicago Poetry Foundation


In 1971, Bernadette Mayer shot a roll of 35-mm film each day for the entire month of July. The images were first displayed in 1972 at a New York gallery show accompanied by a six hour audio recording of prose poetry. An emerging artist in the interdisciplinary performance art and poetry scene, Mayer presents her photographs as a series of snap-shots which she finds to hold the same element of temporality present in spoken word.

For the first time since the original 1972 New York exposition, Bernadette Mayer’s “Memory” is on display at the Chicago Poetry Foundation from March 3 – April 27th. Printlab aided the San Diego Library in recreating all 1,116 photographs for the show. If you’re a fan of conceptual art and/or early expressions of mixed media, stop by the exhibit and get inspired!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Michael Schmelling at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Tomorrow an exhibit over at the MoCP showcasing the work of (The Wilco Book) photographer Michael Schmelling begins.

"Your Blues" depicts Schmelling's experiences in Chicago's music scene at house shows and small-format venues over an 18 month period.

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Celebrate the exhibition's commencement at the empty bottle tonight.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Schapiro: Warhol, Reed & Bowie

Steve Schapiro's work is prolific as it is legendary. So many actors, artists, musicians and celebrities have faced his lens, it's almost more of a valid question to ask who he hasn't shot. For those interested in seeing the work of a great friend of the Printlab and an even greater American photographer, stop by the new Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park. The exhibit starts this Saturday, September 13th.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Framed & Ready

A great exhibit is going on right now, until the 29th at Catherine Edelman Gallery.
Check it out.

Rain Collage (1993/2010) Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison

Canon preparing a bigger sensor?

Now lagging behind Nikon and Sony on megapixels, rumor has it that canon will announce a bigger chip than 35mm in the upcoming Photokina.