In 1896, Chicago based photographer Beatrice Tonnesen pioneered the use of combining type, illustration and photography in advertising. Most of her models were spontaneously selected from people she saw in her everyday life and on the street.
One hundred years later In 1996, Chicago based photographer Baramesi began photographing for a parallel turn of the century collection. The resulting prints combine 19th, 20th and 21st century processes with type, illustration and photography, but instead of being intended for advertisements these images are all created as art. 10,000 portraits have been shot for a turn of the century time capsule, 1996-2014. The time capsule will be sealed in 2014 and reopened for exhibit during Chicago’s 200th anniversary in 2037.
2014 is also the 18th anniversary of the project and to commemorate this milestone some of the best of these portraits will be published in printed magazines being offered by the artist. This magazines are not for sale and will only be available to participants, friends and supporters.
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