The Joke

Marc PoKempner

University of Chicago, BA in Philosophical Psychology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Graduate Program in Creative Photography (a year long seminar with photographer Minor White)

2007: Harold! Photographs from the Harold Washington Years — (Northwestern University Press) featuring photos by Antonio Dickey and
Marc PoKempner, with text by Salim Muwakkil, edited by Ron Dorfman.
2000: Down at Theresa's — Chicago Blues published by Prestel, Munich. A collection of 90 b&w photos from 25 years' work in Chicago's neighborhood blues clubs, introduction by Wolfgang Schorlau.
2000: "Elian's Cuba" 7 page photo essay published in Newsweek Magazine, April 19 issue on the lives of Elian Gonzales' classmates in Cardenas, Cuba.
1972 to present: Independent photojournalist. Primarily work on assignment for magazine clients: New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Time, Fortune, Forbes, Business Week, In These Times, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Chicago Magazine, People, Mother Jones, the Chicago Reader, and others.
Work for corporate publications and for not-for-profit organizations: Casey, Ford, Joyce, MacArthur, Sara Lee and Steans Foundations, NHS of Chicago, LISC, National Equity Fund, etc. Photos also appeared in dozens of publications through syndication world-wide. Stock photographs available through Getty Images, Black Star photo agency, and directly via internet.
1971-72: Chief Staff Photojournalist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - News Office.

2008: Harold! Photographs from the Harold Washington Years
50 large format pigment prints (with Antonio Dickey) celebrating the 25th anniversary of Washington's election as Mayor of Chicago, Gage Gallery of Roosevelt University, Chicago.
2002: HotHouse International Center for Performance and Exhibition - "Chicago Pictures Jazz" 20 b&w and color pigment prints to 16x20" of Chicago Jazz scene.
1993, 96: Art Institute of Chicago - photos from Chicago blues project and New Orleans included in shows selected from the AIC's permanent collection: "The Subject is Music" '96, and "American Photographs" '93.
1992: Art Institute of Chicago - "At The Edge of Shelter" 14 photos 16x20" of homelessness and its solution: portraits of single room occupancy residents and men living ad hoc.
1992: Northern Illinois University Art Gallery in Chicago - "Ghetto Blues" work from over twenty years photographing Chicago's neighborhood blues clubs. 80 b&w prints 8x10 to 16x20".
1989: Art Institute of Chicago "Chicago Inside and Out" and Field Museum of Natural History "Cultural Diversity" 44 photos of family life and celebrations in Cabrini-Green Public Housing Project made as part of Changing Chicago, a group documentary project.
1986: The Chicago Cultural Center. "Picture Cuba" group show - four photographers' views of everyday life twenty five years after the revolution. 20 b&w prints 11x14"
1986 to present: "Chicago Blues", solo show organized by Fototeka de Cuba - still traveling through Cuba and South America.
1984: The Pallas Gallery, Chicago. individual show: "Blues Ain't News" - works from over a decade photographing in southside Chicago blues clubs. 75 b&w prints 8x10 to 16x20".
1982: The Peace Museum, Chicago. Photos of captured Salvadoran refugees in Los Fresnos Detention Camp, near Brownsville/Harlingen Texas, in group show on Central American refugees. 14 b&w photos to 16x20"
1971: The Creative Photo Gallery, M.I.T., Graduate student show.

Born January 14, 1948 in Pottsville, PA. to Stanley and Fannette (Brill) PoKempner. Attended Lansford, PA and Owensboro, KY elementary schools, and Princeton, NJ High School.

Member ASMP - American Society of Magazine Photographers