Photographs by Paul D'Amato
Distributed for DePaul Art Museum
With We Shall—a companion volume to the DePaul Art Museum exhibition of D’Amato’s photographs—D’Amato broadens his scope to include communities on Chicago’s west side. Through emotionally charged portraits and richly layered interior views, the fifty-four color photographs of We Shall share with us D’Amato’s genuine and complex perspective on life in some of the most challenging and troubled neighborhoods in the nation. D’Amato’s technique is unique. He works with his subjects to forge a collaborative approach, and the resulting portraits and urban landscapes offer a contemporary take on the complexities of documentary photography and representation, all the more real and evocative for the intimacy between the photographer and the photographed.
Sometimes inspiring, sometimes troubling, but always beautiful, the photographs of We Shall shine light on some of Chicago’s most overlooked communities and are sure to captivate followers of Chicago-based art and urban photography alike.