Meet the photographers who imagine Evanston for the roundtable

The last day of school this week for seniors at ETHS. Credit: Richard Cahan

“I’m on the Evanston Roundtable and I’d like to take your picture. That’s what I tell people. It usually works.

This is roundtable photographer Richard Cahan, on how he convinces the residents of Evanston to stop long enough to feature in At This Time, his unique daily photographic essay on the life of our community.

We are very proud of the progress we have made in expanding and improving Roundtable content over the past two years, especially our photographs.

With our Spring Membership Campaign in full swing, we thought you’d like to know more about two of the photographers who brought you some of the Round Table’s best images.

As a not-for-profit newsroom, the Roundtable depends on community support to bring you the great work of contributors like Richard and Joerg. If you are not yet a member of the Round Table, won’t you join us today?

Richard Cahan

Richard is a former Chicago Sun-Times photo editor and author or co-author of over 20 books, including two books on street photographer Vivian Maier. He is also the publisher of CityFiles Press, a “small but mighty” media company that believes in the power of words and images.

“I think these little photo-word stories help us better understand the people we live with, and I hope the photos I take help us connect.

“The key to my work is for readers to make me feel like it’s my job to help explain where we live and who we live with.”

Jörg Metzner

Joerg Metzner is a professional photographer and an immigrant from Germany.

“I like to explore my chosen city, where I have lived since 1983,” says Joerg. “My curiosity about what makes Evanston such a unique and special place to live led me to start Picturing Evanston in 2018. It is a photo project that documents the people of the city and the natural and built environments. It’s my way of celebrating my community. Since January of this year, I have been sharing these photos in my usual photo column here at the Round Table.

Nicholas College. Credit: Jörg Metzner

“My favorite way to explore Evanston is on my bike,” he adds. “I wander the streets and let the city reveal itself to my camera lens. I’m constantly surprised to find new details, views and perspectives in places I’ve visited hundreds of times. I like to witness the evolution of the landscape and architecture and find the traces left by its inhabitants of yesterday and today. I found startling beauty in unexpected corners ranging from colorful public art and carefully tended gardens, and encountered occasionally unsettling scenes, like a police tape at a crime scene and too many empty storefronts.

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