Michael Abramson (1948-2011) was an acclaimed Chicago photographer who produced a large body of artistic and commercial work. He established his reputation during the mid- to late-seventies with his intimate portraits of nightlife on Chicago's South Side. Many of these stunning B/W images were published, along with two LPs of the music playing at these clubs, in a multimedia package entitled Light on the South Side (2009), released by Chicago music recording company Numero Group. Abramson's South Side portfolio is often compared to the great French photographer Brassai, who captured scenes of Parisian nightclubs during the late 1920s-1930s.
During the late seventies, Abramson also photographed patrons at various ballrooms throughout Chicago. These images similarly reflect a time when people dressed to the nines to go out for the evening.
Abramson further enjoyed a highly successful career as a freelance photographer for national newsmagazines.