About

Sandra Steinbrecher is a Chicago based freelance photographer focused mainly on documentary projects. Her assignments for Chicago Public Schools have taken her into some underachieving high schools to record their challenges and successes. In the last few years, she created photo diaries documenting life at Marshall, Fenger and Harper High Schools. 

Recently, she documented the art and artists of the Wabash Arts Corridor and the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, two public art initiatives in Chicago. Previously, she collaborated with Ron Gordon to make the silver gelatin prints from historic original negatives for national and international exhibitions of Vivian Maier's work. 

Sandra's photos of the Wabash Arts Corridor murals are currently featured in a new exhibition about the history of public art at the Chicago Cultural Center. She has exhibited her work at the University of Illinois, Grinnell College, and Luther College, with the Chicago Photography Collective, the Chicago Public Library and the Battrell Gallery. Her images appeared in the 2014 CNN national docu-series, Chicagoland, in Rolling Stone Brasil, on the Chicago Public Schools’ and White House websites, on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight program, on ebony.com, in the Economist magazine and in other publications.

Recent accomplishments:

  • Documented 2 public art initiatives in Chicago in 2016,
    with sixteen mural images installed at the Chicago Cultural Center, 2017
  • Produced and built "Remembering Vivian Maier: A Pop-Up Darkroom and Conversation", an educational program at Soho House Chicago, 2016
  • Collaborated with Ron Gordon to print contemporary silver gelatin prints from historic original negatives for national and international exhibitions of Vivian Maier's work. Also traveled to participate in talks and speak on panels for this notable and distinctive project, 2011-2015
  • Black and white photos of Fenger High School appeared in the CNN national docu-series, Chicagoland,  2014
  • Documented life at Harper, Fenger and Marshall High Schools, 2008-2013
  • Produced and published hard cover photo book of life at Fenger High School, 2012
  • Fenger photos installed in US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s office, 2011

Exhibitions:  

  • The Pride and Perils of Chicago's Public Art,
    Historical Exhibition, featuring selected Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) mural photos, Chicago Cultural Center,
    2017
  • The Education Project Photo Exhibition,
    Solo Exhibition, University of Illinois, 2015
  • The Education Project Photo Exhibition,
  • Solo Exhibition, Grinnell College, 2015
  • The Education Project Photo Exhibition,
    Solo Exhibition, Luther College, 2013
  • Go Do Good / Chicago Photography Collective,  Group Show, 2011
  • Two Schools A Photo Diary / Chicago Photography Collective, Two Person Show, 2010
  • Vietnam, Solo Exhibition, Chicago Public Library, 2010
  • Vietnam, Solo Exhibition, Battrell Gallery, 2009
     

 

 

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