Part of p79’s mission is to expose students to a range of experiences that may kindle curiosity and passion. Chicago artist John Opera provided one such example through his Monday morning talk called "Photography and Materiality". Opera, who has shown his work in galleries from Miami and New York to L.A. in recent months, discussed different phases of his artistic interests as he illustrated a tendency to pursue new challenges that test his creative and technical limits.
There was a great deal to think about as well as look at: at one point, Opera reflected on the fact that photography, like so much of life, presents only the surface of things. When we get better at seeing, we may begin to grapple with what lies underneath—including the processes that have caused things to seem the way they do.
Photographs by John Opera (Instagram: johnopera)
11 min. documentary in which John Opera discusses his process for making cyanotypes for his 2012 Chicago show People, Places and Things