Michael Abramson Photography

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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. 

A second book entitled Gotta Go, Gotta Flow features never before seen south side photographs, with accompanying text by slam poet Patricia Smith. It was released in 2015 by the Chicago's City Files Press.

Abramson is also the photographer (along with Kathleen Aguilar) of the Art Institute of Chicago's book, Miniature Rooms: The Thorne Rooms at the AIC, first published in 1983 with a second edition released in 2004.

Abramson further enjoyed a highly successful career as a freelance photographer for national newsmagazines including Time, Newsweek, and Bloomberg Businessweek. 

Abramson is represented by the Steve Kasher Gallery in NY and The Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, CA.

Joseph Bellows Gallery of La H




Ballroom Portfolio (Chicago, Late 1970s)

From South Side  Nightclubs Portfolio (late 1970s) 

From Chicago Ballroom Scenes Portfolio (late 1970s)

From Freelance Portfolio (with images available through Getty Images)