On June 2, 2018, photographers/artists Ken Josephson and Tom Palazzolo met with Lori Grove, President of the Maxwell Street Foundation, at the StoryCorps studio to talk about Maxwell Street memories of the original marketplace where Ken and Tom had often photographed. Their collective memories spanned the last forty years of the Market when on Maxwell Street through 1994, where it was created by city ordinance as the official open-air market of Chicago in 1912. The conversation celebrated the opening of the Maxwell Street Collection exhibition, a curated collection of photographs from the Maxwell Street Market, that was on view at the Harold Washington Library Center for the month of June. Other photographers who were featured in the exhibition include: Tom Arndt, Patty Carroll, Ron Gordon, James Iska, Jack Jaffe, Nathan Lerner, Marc PoKempner, Bob Thall, and Jay Wolke. The Maxwell Street Foundation presented Gallery Talks on opening day and closing day by the Collection’s editor, Ed Hirschland on the Advisory Council of the Maxwell Street Foundation, and on dates in-between by Elliot Zashin, also on the Advisory Council, and board member Peter Pero.
An edited clip of the interview will soon be available on the Maxwell Street Foundation’s Sights and Sound page by the end of the year. The Maxwell Street Foundation applauds the photographers who comprise the Maxwell Street Collection and their collective work that explored the character, and characters, of Maxwell Street and the historic marketplace there.
Featured left to right in photograph: Ken Josephson, Lori Grove, and Tom Palazzolo.