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Remembering ID Alum Hans Schaal (1934–2023)

December 1, 2023

Hans Schaal
Chicago Exhibition Features His Photography

Photographer, documentary filmmaker, University of Illinois Chicago faculty member, and ID alum Hans Schaal has passed away. An exhibition, Observations Worth Remembering, was planned for  Chicago Center for Photojournalism before his passing. The exhibition features classic black and white photographs of captured conversations from the sixties and seventies also included in his new book, Hans Schaal, Chicago.

I lived a charmed life by growing up in the war-torn country of Germany. It gave me low expectations. At one point I thought I wouldn't live past 10. My scattered path eventually led me to Chicago where I have lived most of life. Chicago had a large contingent of artists and a community dialog of music, art, architecture, politics, sports, radio, and theater. Photography became a steady companion. It gave me a voice. I could talk to people. I could talk about art. It was a tool to be an observer and was easily shared. My instincts tell me that they are moments of life worth remembering.
—Hans Schaal

Observations Worth Remembering: Photography by Hans Schaal

Sunday, December 3, 1–5pm
Chicago Center for Photojournalism
1226 West Wilson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640

Hans Schaal

Hans Schaal