Pictures from Chicago
The Clothing on American Flag © Feng Liu
At a parking lot © Feng Liu
Pop corn goes with wedding © Feng Liu
Kissing in the street © Feng Liu
The toys in the bag © Feng Liu
A gentleman in the Lincoln Park © Feng Liu
Life Magazine © Feng Liu
One hand in the back pocket © Feng Liu
A face covered woman © Feng Liu
Outside of Louis Sullivan's building © Feng Liu
In the summer street © Feng Liu
Outside of Dominic's store © Feng Liu
A boy in the street fair © Feng Liu
A boy sitting in the Picasso sculpture © Feng Liu
Dancing in the State Street © Feng Liu
In 1999, I moved to Chicago from Shanghai, China, for my job as an engineer. Inspired by Chicago’s vitality and power and fascinated by the new culture, I had a strong urge to express my feelings about this great city. Chicago is America. I started to use my lifelong passion—photography—to document what I saw, what I felt and what I thought.
I started by working for CITY 2000, a prestigious photo project that documented Chicago in the year 2000. My work was exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Water Tower—and published in the book CITY 2000 and Chicago Tribune.
For the past ten years, I have been documenting many Chicago’s neighborhoods and its people, from cityscapes to city parades and festivals. On a quest to create a lasting record of life in Chicago in the new century, I spent almost every day canvassing the city and chronicling its people, places and personality. I use my photos to create a rich, historic document that will inform those in the future long after it teaches us about ourselves. A city is constantly reborn. It lives, it grows, it dies, and it’s born again.
I have also created several special projects for myself. One is photographing Cubs fans. For four years, I attended almost every Cubs game—focusing on the fans instead of the game in an attempt to answer the mystery of why this historically losing team has such a huge following.
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