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Peter Hoffman July 16, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ohio University, United States.
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Tribute to Rachel, Chicago 2010

Peter Hoffman (b. 1984, USA) is a Chicago based photographer. Originally studying advertising, he switched paths and received his graduate degree in photography from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. His personal work is split between environmental and issue based explorations, and autobiographical work that began with documenting a stint living an idyllic life of surfing and exploring New Zealand. Recent recognition includes work included in the upcoming American Photography Annual 26, and placements in Px3 (Paris), the International Photography Awards, College Photographer of the Year (General News) and others. Clients include The Wall St. Journal, The National (Abu Dhabi), HIV+ Magazine, Grazia (U.K.), non-profit associations and others.”

About the Photograph:

“Rachel Gilliam was 25 years-old and an employee of Bowman’s Bar and Grill in the north Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Square. Rachel was well liked by both patrons and the staff, and regularly worked during the Wednesday trivia nights. She often traveled during her time off. On Halloween night of 2009 she was the fatal victim of a hit and run, only two blocks from Bowman’s, for which the perpetrator is still on the loose. This essay, which looks at the space of her employment and friends she left behind, was commissioned by Time Out Chicago Magazine. I made this particular picture  in February 2010 as I left the bar late after photographing the Wednesday night trivia, as I had one frame left on the roll. The harsh Chicago winter was a stark contrast to the warmth of the community inside.”

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