Michael Abramson started photographing the clubs towards the end of the Vietnam War (late 1974). There is a very strong possibility that some young men in the nightclubs could be ex soldiers who fought in the war and who might consider themselves lucky to be alive. The civil rights movement was still active but couldn't protect young men, who not being at college, were drafted. The young men living in large neighbourhoods in cities like Chicago and Detroit were subject to the draught and this changed society massively as a lot of these young men didn't make it home or were changed by the horror of war.
All prints from the '1970s Nightclubs of Chicago South Side' series are available for purchase either as a singular photograph or as the group of images.
All works are Vintage Silver Gelatin prints made by the photographer at the time there were taken. All prints can be purchased in bespoke hardwood frames, museum mount board and anti-reflective UV protective Art Glass.
If you wish to ship or purchase unframed prints, we are happy to arrange that for you.
Michael Abramson's photographs can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and the California Museum of Photography.