PROOF July 16 — September 3, 2010

Proof is commonly defined as “evidence sufficient to establish a thing as true, or to produce belief in its truth.” It has been the name of an award winning Broadway play and a Hollywood film. It is used in the court of law, in mathematical conclusions and in determining the strength of alcohol. In photography, it is the trial print of a negative, also called a contact sheet.

Proof sheets are often the first prints a photographer makes in order to view a roll of film. From these contact sheets, they select the frame from which a print is made. The contact sheet is akin to a diary -- few artists ever let the public see these, as it reveals their process and way of thinking. PROOF brings together 26 photographers who exhibit contact sheets alongside the chosen photograph. We salute the photographers who have agreed to be part of PROOF and thank them for letting us see how their eyes framed a specific scene.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for sizes and prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

Shelby Lee Adams
The Home Funeral, 1990
Shelby Lee Adams
The Home Funeral Contact, 1990

Julie Blackmon
Portrait, 2009

sold out

Julie Blackmon
Portrait Contact Sheet, 2010

Keith Carter
Chicken Feathers, 1992
Keith Carter
Raven, 1996

Keith Carter
Raven Contact, 1996/2010

Keith Carter
Chicken Feathers Contact, 1992/2010

Clark & Pougnaud
La Chute, 2000

Clark & Pougnaud
La Chute Contact Sheet, 1999

Kelli Connell
The Valley, 2006
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Kelli Connell
The Valley Contact Sheet, 2006

Terry Evans
Chicago River, Downtown Chicago, July 30, 2003

Terry Evans
July 30, 2003

Ron Gordon
Comisky Park Demolition Series, Infield, May 6, 1991

Ron Gordon
Comisky Park Demolition, Roll 10, May 6, 1991

Greg Gorman
Djimon Screaming, 1991

Greg Gorman
Djimon Proof, 1991

Jill Greenberg
Anxious Contact Sheet, 2005

Jill Greenberg
Anxious, 2005

Todd Hido
#1862 Contact Sheet, 1996

Todd Hido
#1862, 1996

Michelle Keim
Proof, 2010

Michelle Keim
Metrosphere, 2010

Michael Kenna
Fishing Nets, Smarlacca, Veneto, Italy, 2006
Michael Kenna
Fishing Nets, Smarlacca, Veneto, Italy Contact Sheet, 2006

Herman Leonard
Duke Ellington, Paris [DKE02], 1958
Herman Leonard
Duke Ellington, Paris Contact Sheet, 2006

Achim Lippoth
Class of 1954 no. 4, 2006
Achim Lippoth
Class of 1954 Contact Sheet, 2006

Cecil McDonald, Jr.
20 - 1200's, 2010

Cecil McDonald, Jr.
1200 meditations, things my mother gave me, 2005

Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Tethered Sky, 2004
Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Contact Sheet for Tethered Sky, 2005

Cara Phillips
Ultraviolet (untitled) #80, 2008

Cara Phillips
Ultraviolet (untitled) #80 Contact Sheet, 2008

Cara Phillips
Ultraviolet (untitled) #151, 2008

Cara Phillips
Ultraviolet (untitled) #151 Contact Sheet, 2008

Holly Roberts
Snake Boy, 2007

sold

Holly Roberts
Snake Boy Contact Sheet, 2007

Josephine Sacabo
El Fulgor Contact Sheet, 5002

Josephine Sacabo
El Fulgor, 2005

Howard Schatz
You are... four years old; first time at the circus Contact Sheet, 2007

Rocky Schenck
The Art Lovers, Paris, 1999
Rocky Schenck
Rocky Schenck Proof Sheet, 1999

Howard Shatz
You are... four years old; first time at the circus, 2007

Jack Spencer
Gussie's Magnolia, LaGrange, TN, 1997
Jack Spencer
Contact (Gussie), 1999

Amy Stein
In Between Contact Print, 2010

Amy Stein
In Between, 2007

George Tice
Two Amish Boys, Lancaster, PA, 1962/2012

George Tice
Two Amish Boys Contact Sheet, 1962

Hiroshi Watanabe
El Arbolito Park, Quito, Ecuador, 2002
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Hiroshi Watanabe
El Arbolito Park, Quito, Ecuador Contact Sheet, 2002

Jeffrey Wolin
Assault, 1991

sold out

Jeffrey Wolin
Assault Contact Sheet, 1991