Photographic Memory: Carlos Javier Ortiz Reflects on Jun Fujita’s Iconic Images

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020 6 – 7 pm

61 W. Superior
Chicago, IL 60654

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

6 to 7 pm

Ruggles Hall

Carlos Javier Ortiz

Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Feb. 3.



In this program, director, documentary photographer, and cinematographer Carlos Javier Ortiz will reflect on the legacy of Jun Fujita’s Chicago photos.

Best known for photographing the Eastland Disaster and the 1919 riots, Fujita sought to document scenes of urban life in Chicago throughout his career. In his talk, Ortiz will consider the relevance of Fujita’s work to contemporary photography and to his own current project: a series of short films chronicling the stories of black Americans who came to the North during the Great Migration.

Carlos Javier Ortiz is a director, cinematographer, and documentary photographer who focuses on gun violence, racism, poverty, and marginalized communities. In 2016, Ortiz received a Guggenheim Fellowship for film/video. He won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Photography award for his long-term project entitled Too Young To Die. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

This event is made possible by a major grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is being held in conjunction with our current exhibition, Jun Fujita: American Visionary, co-presented with the Poetry Foundation.

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