About us

Our History

Catherine Edelman Gallery opened in 1987 quickly establishing itself as one of the leading galleries in the Midwest devoted exclusively to the art of photography. From its inception, the goal of the gallery was to exhibit prominent contemporary photographers alongside new & young talent, showcasing a broad range of subject matter and photographic techniques. Debuting with the Ballad of Sexual Dependency by Nan Goldin, CEG has shown everything from street photography (Susan Meiselas, Sebastiao Salgado, James Nachtwey) to fashion photography (Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, Matthew Rolston) to traditional landscape images (Michael Kenna, Lynn Geesaman) to social-conscious work (Richard Misrach, Jeffrey Wolin, Terry Evans, Allen Ginsberg) to images created as a springboard for story-telling (Joel-Peter Witkin, Elizabeth Ernst, Dan Estabrook) etc.

Working closely with magazine editors and book publishers, Catherine Edelman Gallery co-published Written in Memory: Portraits of the Holocaust, photographs by Jeffrey Wolin, in association with Chronicle Books; Pressure, photographs by Joe Ziolkowski, in association with Pohlmann Press; What Were You Thinking, celebrating the 15 year anniversary of the gallery, in association with Paper Mirror Press; Iron Beauties, a monograph on the work of Chicago photographer Michelle Keim, published by Nazraeli Press.

Recent shows at the gallery include the major exhibition, Sandro Miller: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich - Homage to photographic masters. The exhibit debuted in Chicago in 2014 and traveled to Los Angeles, Poland, Australia, Germany, Wyoming, France, and Amsterdam. In 2003, Catherine curated Killer Shots: A Photographic Response to War, as a response to the war in Iraq. The show featured 34 photographers and showcased photographs from numerous conflicts starting with Vietnam and moving to the present. This exhibit traveled to Indiana University Art Gallery and San Francisco Camerawork. In 2001, she curated Others Among Us: Works of the Amish, Hutterites & Mennonites, featuring work by Kristin Capp, George Tice, Larry Towell & Laura Wilson. The show debuted in Chicago and traveled to The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Iowa.

Other exhibitions include one person shows by Julie Blackmon, Bruce Davidson, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, Gregory Scott and Joel-Peter Witkin.

Catherine is an active member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) and is widely respected as a leader, educator and specialist in the field of contemporary photography.


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