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Name:  Marc PoKempner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

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Marc lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Marc PoKempner is an independent photojournalist and is known for his documentation of blues in Chicago, music and life in Cuba, and the work of community-minded corporations seeking to solve social problems. His work is in the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has also had solo exhibitions. He covered Harold Washington nearly full time for the Chicago Reader and the Midwest bureaus of Time and PeopleIndependent photojournalist and is known for his documentation of blues in Chicago, music and life in Cuba, and the work of community-minded corporations seeking to solve social problems. His work is in the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has also had solo exhibitions. He covered Harold Washington nearly full time for the Chicago Reader and the Midwest bureaus of Time and People


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Harold!: Photographs from the Harold Washington Years (Chicago Lives)
ISBN: 0810124467

Northwestern University Press. 2007

This handsome book captures in words and pictures the powerful emotions that circled around one man in Chicago in the early 1980’ s: Harold Washington. More than one hundred pictures, from candid shots on the campaign trail to triumphant public appearances, give readers a window onto a man who won over an entire city. Washington’ s mayoral win represented a faltering of the previously all-powerful Chicago Machine, and his campaign was a part of a larger civil rights crusade that forged unity in the black community in Chicago.

Antonio Dickey and Marc PoKempner were there with Washington throughout 1982-87, Dickey as his campaign and personal photographer and PoKempner on assignment for the New York Times, People, and Time, capturing the force of his personality and the inspiration he brought to Chicago. Their photographs have become the definitive documentation of the Harold years and were featured in the Chicago Historical Society’ s 2003– 2004 exhibit “ Harold Washington: The Man and the Movement.” They were there for his underdog rise, his win, his first term, and his untimely death just seven months into his second term. The year 2007 marks the twentieth anniversary of Washington’ s death, and this loving tribute in words and pictures will keep his message alive for future generations.

Down at Theresa's - Chicago Blues : The Photographs of Marc PoKempner
ISBN: 3791323008

Prestel Pub. 2000

Black-and-white photographs capture the people and the vibrant atmosphere at the world famous blues venue, Theresa's Lounge, in the late 1960s and 1970s. Marc PoKempner's shots are full of the very vigor that characterized the gritty, garish, good-time, working-class Chicago blues era when legends such as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Otis Spann, Jimmy Rogers, and Junior Wells performed down at Theresa's.
The booming industries of Chicago acted as a magnet for rural migrants from the Delta region of northwestern Mississippi in the 1940s and '50s. The often painful adjustments made by these new arrivals in the Windy City led to the rise of a new musical form, and electrified urban version of the blues that was soon ringing out from the bars and clubs of the city's South Side.